Friday, November 01, 2002


Over 200 years ago, Scottish historian Alexander Tyler, studying the Athenian democracy, made these observations that have always fascinated me, for their (hopefully mis-) application to today's America:
"A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidate promising the most from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship.

"The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been two hundred years. These nations have progressed through this sequence: From bondage to spiritual faith; from spiritual faith to great courage; from courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance; from abundance to complacency; from complacency to apathy; from apathy to dependence; from dependence back again into bondage."
It is to be hoped that Tyler's observation will not finally apply to our great nation. But when one looks at today's fight between those who would vote themselves largesse (the Donks) and those with their finger in the dike (us) it would seem to be an evenly matched battle.

Today's leftist actually believes that they have no ideology, that their wholesale reclassification of huge groups of Americans into a victim class worthy of largesse from the public treasury is pure common sense. The fact that the poor and the downtrodden do not benefit from cash giveaways is lost on them. I saw a black leader on television last night forced to argue forcefully that his people were inherently inferior, in that they could not succeed without cash and affirmative action.

It is a sad state of affairs, and I don't know what the final outcome will be. But make no mistake; leftists and other enemies of freedom believe that they are right, and that it is we who are the evil ones. They believe that any trick or device is warranted in the pursuit of their vision of equality, which I call class and race warfare. They believe that any wrong has a government solution. Not a community solution. Not a religious solution. Not a family solution. If a teenager misbehaves, if a family is poor, if the public schools fail, these misguided fools actually believe that the government can fix things. The fact that government has failed over and over again to fix anything remotely like this does not convince them of their folly.

They must be defeated. That is why I support Republican candidates for office. I seldom agree with them. But they are the only contenders for power who support even limited freedom. They are the only party that recognizes that there is evil extant internationally that must be stopped. When I watch the Clintons and their ilk at a memorial service, delirious with the power that the death of their friend may bring them next Tuesday, I fear for the future.

Strange as it is to hear me say it, vote Republican. Please.