Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Historical perspective of election 2012

Historical perspective of election 2012

As a rule and after writing about Placebo Politics and (resultant) Empty Elections (2008, current under revision) I am reticent to write about the political process under way.

Nevertheless, from the point of view of cultural anthropology, the influence of politics on the rights and freedoms of all of us cannot be entirely ignored. We all have opinions and are herded into choosing one side or another regarding artificial, meaningless debates over petty placebo issues in the political arena. People also enjoy watching races without betting on an outcome.

Ron Paul may be rightfully considered the Senator George McGovern of this year. In 1972, to advocate for an end to war was considered a radical “liberal” idea. Today, it is the conservative standard of a long-term Republican “Constitutional Conservative” candidate who opposes a war-mongering power-hungry ultra-liberal claimant to personal and political supremacy.

With this in mind, I pass along a piece of unknown origin that is self-explanatory:

 Obituary-Very Interesting ...........

In 1887 Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh,
had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years prior:
"A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government.
A democracy will continue to exist 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 over 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 courage to liberty;
From liberty to abundance; From abundance to complacency; From complacency to apathy;
From apathy to dependence; From dependence back into bondage."
The Obituary follows:
Born 1776, Died 2008; it doesn't hurt to read this several times.
Professor Joseph Olson of Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota, points out some interesting facts concerning the last Presidential election:
Number of States won by:  Obama: 19    McCain: 29

Square miles of land won by:  Obama: 580,000  McCain: 2,427,000

Population of counties won by:  Obama: 127 million  McCain: 143 million

Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by:  Obama: 13.2   McCain: 2.1
Professor Olson adds: "In aggregate, the map of the territory McCain won was mostly the land owned by the taxpaying citizens of the country.

Obama territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in low income
and living off various forms of government welfare..."
Olson believes the United States is now somewhere between the "complacency and apathy" phase of Professor Tyler's definition of democracy, with some forty percent of the nation's population already having reached the "governmental dependency" phase.
If Congress grants amnesty and citizenship to twenty million criminal invaders called “Illegal's” - and they vote - then we can say goodbye to the USA in fewer than five years.
If you are in favor of this, then by all means, delete this message.
If you are not, then pass this along to help everyone realize just how much is at stake, knowing that apathy is the greatest danger to our freedom.
This is truly scary!
Of course we are not a democracy; we form a Constitutional Republic.
Someone should point this out to Obama.
Of course we know he and too many others pay little attention to The Constitution.

There couldn't be more at stake than on Nov 2012.
If you are as concerned as I am please pass this along.
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