I have heard it stated that a democracy as a permanent form of government will continue to exist up until the time the voters discover they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. As soon as this is discovered, the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, will be voted in almost every time. This in turn will result in the failure of that democracy, it will collapse under it's own burden due to loose fiscal policy. This is usually always followed by a dictatorship and occurs around the said democracy's 200th birthday. During those 200 years, the democracy will usually grow through various stages of developement.
1. From bondage to spiritual faith.
2. From spiritual faith to great courage.
3. From courage to liberty.
4. From liberty to abundance.
5. From abundance to complacency.
6. From complacency to apathy.
7. From apathy to dependence.
8. From dependence back into bondage.
I am feeling right now we, as a democracy, are definitely at #7 and teetering on the fence ready to fall over to # 8. The grass is greener on the other side, if we listen to Sen. Obama and the Liberal side. . We will all be taken care of by the government, as if we no longer have the sense or ability to take care of ourselves. Is that grass going to be greener, or will we find this, on the other side; brown and brittle grass with occasional patches of green grass that the Libs say must exist for all. We will have patches of green being watered by 'stand up, taxpaying citizens' so the multitudes will be able to graze at will. Afterall, the Libs have stated that if elected...those of us who have will have to give up to basically 'even the playing field'. The "fence", (I am still waiting for the border ones, but I am sure this will get built first!) will be patrolled by Liberal politicians and special interest groups.
Give a person the means and knowledge to plant their own garden and they can feed themselves. Do it for them, they will eat and you will be overworked!
There will be no going back for those of us who tire of holding the watering hose. No going back, unless we choose NOT to pick up the hose and start watering!