The e-mail today contained a forward from my brother in law. It was a vaguely familiar discussion of the causes of failed democracies in history. Reading it, I was struck first by the breakdown of the Gore/Bush vote by county population. The result was that Bush won by 16 MILLION votes! Now that was a ‘mind boggling’ statistic. (Possibly worse for someone who once had the last name of Boggs). So I began to have doubts about Professor Olson. As I read further, several more ‘statistics’ jumped out. The murder rates in the counties that Gore won over the counties that Bush won. The use of how many square miles each ‘won’ (The Red states are sparsely populated due to the type of business that is done there. Your Point?). And finally “Gore’s territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in government-owned projects and living off government welfare…”.
Googling Joseph Olson gets you to a Snopes reference page. He is a real professor at a genuine Hamline University (I had thought the University name was a clue to the hoax:), that’s the only true thing about him in the letter. (My apologies to the good professor for doubting him). I suggest you read the letter and then the myth busting on Snopes.
Try not to bust anything laughing…
Forward: “History of Democracies”
Here is a very interesting and a worth while read. The statistics on this are mind boggling!!!
About the time our original 13 states adopted their new constitution, in 1787, Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at t he 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 due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.”
“The average age of the worlds greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:
1. From bondage to spi ritual 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 .”
Professor Joseph Olson of Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota, points out some interesting facts concerning the 2000 Presidential election:
Population of counties won by: Gore: 127 million; Bush: 143 million
Square miles of land won by: Gore: 580,000; Bush: 2,427,000
States won by: Gore: 19; Bush: 29
Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by: Gore: 13.2; Bush: 2.1
Professor Olson adds: “In aggregate, the map of the territory Bush won was mostly the land owned by the tax-paying citizens of this country. Gore’s territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in government-owned projects and living off 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 40 percent of the nation’s population already having reached the “governmental dependency” phase.
The critical point is when peopl e living on government entitlements passes 50% and can control future elections.
From that point, the party that promises the most free entitlements wins. Unfortunately less than 50% of the population will be paying the taxes to support the majority. It won’t be long after that the country will be bankrupt.
Pass this along to help everyone realize just how much is at stake, knowing that apathy is the greatest danger to our freedom.