My Facebook friend, Andrea Silva Rod, shared a link with me last night that absolutely blew me away. The link was to a short article posted in Freedom Torch and contained a quote that would seem to be an accurate depiction of America, albeit some 200+ years later.
I’d like to share the quote now because if you read it thoroughly and understand it, it is very frightening:
“A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist only up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury.
From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.
The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations from the beginning of history has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:
From Bondage to spiritual faith;
From spiritual faith to great courage;
From liberty to abundance;
From abundance to complacency;
From complacency to apathy;
From apathy to dependence;
From dependence back into bondage.”
-Alexander Fraser Tytler, Lord Woodhouselee (October 15, 1747 – January 5, 1813
It’s a really heavy quote. Don’t be afraid to read it two or three times to let it sink in. My question to all of you is simple. Are you willing to let the words of a Scotsman from over 200 years ago become a prophecy for the fall of America?
We should note, to be completely fair, that we are not a direct democracy. We are in fact a constitutional republic that has some democratic traits. We use popular vote to elect our leaders, for instance. That is the trait of a democracy but it does not constitute a true or direct democracy. We have a constitution which protects us against the possibility of an “immoral majority.” We must fight for that constitution now because our founders knew, all too well, about the dangers of a true democracy.
As a result, even if the words of this man were correct, I can not believe that all hope is lost. I will not believe that. I have a chip on my shoulder as a proud Patriot of this country and I will not give up the fight.
Ultimately it comes down to personal decisions that all of us must make. I will use myself as an example. I grew up in a culture of alcoholics and drug addicts. I am no Saint and I spent my time in the dark as well. Eventually, like anyone who wants something better for themselves, I had to make a decision to break the cycle.
I grew up in a family culture that did not stress education and free thinking. None of my family was driven by success. I had to break that cycle as well. As many of us do, I had to make decisions to take control of my own destiny, no matter how badly the odds were stacked against me. Today we must make those same choices as a nation.
If the majority of Americans are “apathetic” (I prefer the term “pathetic”) then we must become more vocal. We must yell loud enough and often enough to count for 3 or 4 of our neighbors who fail to care. We must fight for every freedom with new resolve for I feel that we have already gone from “apathy to dependence.”
How hard are you willing to fight to make sure this cycle does not complete? Are you willing to see us go from “dependence back into bondage?”
The people that read The D.C. Clothesline will not stand for that, but we must make our numbers continually grow. We can not count on the media or the schools to teach this. This country is begging for real leadership now, and I want to remind you of something…
That leadership starts with YOU.
Get out there and fight for your freedom. If you have to fight for someone who is lost, our best hope is that someday they will again be found. We can not let apathetic Americans get in our way.
Saving this country is on our shoulders.
Do you accept that challenge? You have two choices. You are either part of the solution or you are part of the problem.
The battle cry begins with you. Let those who would seek to dominate us know that no one brings bondage upon the United States of America. This would be slave is willing to kill his would be master if my freedom is challenged. We must stand strong and make sure that our elected “leaders” know that.
We are not slaves. We are free men and women and we will die free before we will submit to the rule of anyone.
We are loud. We are proud. We are Americans.