Liberty v the Fatal Cycle of Democracy

By Mark Alexander · Thursday, December 15, 2011
The Path from Freedom to Bondage

“Honor, justice, and humanity, forbid us tamely to surrender that freedom which we received from our gallant ancestors, and which our innocent posterity have a right to receive from us. We cannot endure the infamy and guilt of resigning succeeding generations to that wretchedness which inevitably awaits them if we basely entail hereditary bondage on them.” –Thomas Jefferson

December 15th marks the anniversary of the 1791 ratification of the Bill of Rights, the common name for the first 10 amendments to our Constitution. The purpose of the Bill was, and remains, to assert the enumeration of limitations on the national government in order to protect our natural rights to Liberty and property as “endowed by our Creator.”

There was much debate among our Founders about the need to enumerate rights that are inherently endowed, especially as amendments rather than in the corpus of our Constitution. Alexander Hamilton argued this point in Federalist No. 84: “I … affirm that bills of rights … are not only unnecessary in the proposed Constitution, but would even be dangerous. … For why declare that things shall not be done which there is no power to do?”

But a majority of our Founders, led by James Madison and George Mason, prevailed, and the state legislatures concurred with the addition of enumerated limitations on the central government, as outlined by the Bill of Rights Preamble: “The Conventions of a number of the States having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added…”

Thus, it is a fitting day to pause and take account of the principles of Essential Liberty embodied in our Constitution, the sustenance for which generations of Patriots have expended much treasure, blood and life.

As a vigilant student of American history, I can’t state too emphatically that we are at a tipping point between Liberty and tyranny. I also argue that this juncture is like no other since the Tenth Amendment challenge that was waged and lost in the War Between the States.

For those who choose to read such words as hyperbole, Samuel Adams said it best: “If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands, which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.”

But it is the inherent nature of genuine Patriots to stand ever ready to defend Liberty, convicted that, in the words of George Washington, “Our cause is noble; it is the cause of mankind.”

It is in that spirit that I offer this observation about this precarious position we now inhabit between freedom and bondage.

Do you believe our nation is at a critical juncture? Post your opinion.

To fully understand the state of our Republic, one must consider it in the context of history to avoid repetition. As 20th-century philosopher George Santayana concluded in his treatise, “The Life of Reason”: “Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

In 1764, as historian Edward Gibbon “sat musing amidst the ruins” of Rome, he was inspired to write about the failure of republics. The original text of his seminal work, “The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire,” was published in 1776, as our Patriot ancestors were declaring our natural right to Liberty. Gibbon outlined in detail how opulence and entitlement led to the incremental loss of civic virtue.

The 18th/19th century Scotsman Alexander Fraser Tytler, a lawyer and professor of history, summarized this link as follows: “[Patriotism], like all other affections and passions, it operates with the greatest force where it meets with the greatest difficulties … but in a state of ease and safety, as if wanting its appropriate nourishment, it languishes and decays. … It is a law of nature to which no experience has ever furnished an exception, that the rising grandeur and opulence of a nation must be balanced by the decline of its heroic virtues.”

Tytler’s assertion about the relationship between opulence and decadence reflected his astute understanding of human nature.

This contiguous rise and decline has been characterized as a fatal “Cycle of Democracy” (often misattributed to Tytler as its source). The cycle follows this sequence: From bondage to spiritual faith; From spiritual faith to great courage; From courage to Liberty (Rule of Law); From Liberty to abundance; From abundance to complacency; From complacency to apathy; From apathy to dependence; From dependence back into bondage (rule of men).

So, at what stage of this rise and decline do we now find ourselves? In his recent book, “After America,” Mark Steyn gives us a clue.

With their average 8th grade education, the Greatest Generation built the strongest and most innovative economy in history. However, “In the space of one generation,” writes Steyn, “a nation of savers became the world’s largest debtors, and a nation of makers and doers became a cheap service economy.” Indeed, our country now hosts the most over-educated and under-productive generation in history, and has institutionalized a social subculture demanding government subsidies to compensate for their lack of initiative.

“Big government makes small citizens,” Steyn concludes. “A great power can survive a lot of things, but not a mediocrity of spirit. A wealthy nation living on the accumulated cultural capital of a glorious past can dodge its rendezvous with fate, but only for so long.”

It is my observation that since WWII, we have transitioned from abundance to complacency, from complacency to apathy and from apathy to dependence.

At what stage of the cycle of democracy is our nation, and why? Post your opinion.

The rise of populist Socialism spawned by Barack Hussein Obama and his Leftist cadres, has resulted in a surge of dependence upon the state.

The manifestation of this dependence spilled onto the streets this year in the form of the “Occupy Movement.”

In fact, Time Magazine, that erstwhile advocate of statism, just named its 2011 Person of the Year, “The Protester.” Its cover story category, “Prelude to the Revolutions,” lists in order of significance, first Tunisians protesting dictatorial tyranny, second Egyptians protesting dictatorial tyranny, and third, “Occupy Wall Street and its millions of supporters.” (To be fair, a few paragraphs later Time did richly understate, “The stakes are very different in different places. In North America and most of Europe, there are no dictators, and dissidents don’t get tortured.”)

As for the gap between dependence and bondage, philosopher and author of “Atlas Shrugged,” Ayn Rand, wrote, “The difference between a welfare state and a totalitarian state is a matter of time.”

The most pressing question now is this: Are we irrevocably locked into the Cycle of Democracy where totalitarian rule of men is inevitable, or is there still time to restore republican Rule of Law?

The answer, I believe, is no and yes, respectively. But time is short.

The prospect for restoring Liberty as enshrined in our Constitution continues to improve as the number of Americans joining the debate over the proper role of government authorized by our Constitution grows strong. There is a resurgence of Patriotism underway, and together we can sustain the sunrise on Liberty.

We can and must circumvent the Cycle of Democracy to avoid the terminus of Democratic Socialism which is bondage. Together, we can maintain the momentum of our mission and charge. Thank you Patriots for locking and loading on the frontlines of Liberty.

Toni Hupp

I am 84 years old, lived through 4 wars, the New Deal, Great Dociety and now the “Change”. The America I know and love is no more. Celebrating Diversity, Political Correctness, The Welfare State, allowing Illegals to stay and enjoy life at the tax payers expence, along with the Washington Wizards being out of their minds, has ruined our Republic, ignored the Constitution, and the rule of law pkus we allowed judges to legislate from the bench, has doomed us. The Progressives planned it this way…. Take over the schools, pile on welfare until a large portion of the nation depend on handouts and demand them plus greedy unions who have priced the USA out of business and driven the jobs overseas. Our debts can never be oversome and the hold socialism has on this country has doomed us. I am sorry my grandchildren will have to suffer this. I will be gone and not know the difference. Thank God!

Henry Bowman

Around the middle of the 18th century, an English professor made the following observation:

“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can exist only until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that a Democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy.

“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 selfishness; from selfishness to complacency; from complacency to apathy; from apathy to dependence; from dependency back again into bondage.”

Unfortunately, the good professor seems to have nailed it. Goodbye, sweet America.

H. W. Welch

We are at the “tipping edge” having already arrived at a state of “democracy” very close to mob rule as directed by a dictator! The Constitution has been trashed by our “elected” officials for quite some time whether Democrat or Republican.

The only way back from the abyss is to reinstall the Constitution as the controlling document for the federal government. It must be absolute. Nothing in between will suffice or achieve a reconstruction of the foundation necessary.

P.S. While you refer to Bill Bennet as a valuable

and prominent reader of the Patriot, I must point out that had he followed Reagan’s orders, we might not have the problems we face today. Reagan had promised to eliminate the Department of Education. He gave the job to Bennet who didn’t follow through. His excuse, which he wrote me many years ago when I callenged him on it, were pure sophistry without substance. Sorry, but I don’t have much use for Mr. Bennet

Bill

Our nation IS at a critical juncture today, this week, this month, this year and this decade. Unfortunately our freedoms and liberty have been eroding for several decades. I wonder if our downfall is much like a wave as it approaches shore…. it has been building in height and is now ready to break. Now, at this point there is not much we can do to keep it from breaking.

Louis Treadway

I believe we are at a cross road in maintaining our constitutional republic form of government. As the noted French political philosopher, De Montesquieu (1689-1755)said: “The deterioration of every government begins with the decay of the principles on which it was founded.” This nation was founded on the Judeao Christian principle and through the actions of the courts and the left we are seeing it being eroded in the name of progressiveism.

Doug Condon

I, too, believe we stand at the precipice-four more years of Barack Obama will spell the end of liberties and freedoms as we know them-from our right to bear arms to numerous other rights and liberties. The scariest thought is the fact that we have become such a hand-out society that if 50%, + or -, of the population pays no federal income tax, and a good portion of this population will, without so much as a thought, vote Obama back into office so they can stay on the gravy train.

Bernard P. Giroux

What stage? you ask. Probably at the cusp of rapid decline and the advent of a tyranny unseen in this country since its beginning. The Democrats are acting to divide the nation and bring it into anarchistic class warfare, particularly the president, who is probably the most un-presidential of any man who has served in that office. The people seem to only want to be entertained [FaceBook, texting, IPods, IPads, reality shows, all pablum for the masses], rather than focus on issues relating to good government, preservation of private enterprise and maintenance of common sense. Rather a ward of the state, than an individual with freedoms that make a man whole. Rather the state control every aspect of one’s life, than one controlling his or her individual life. The idea of patriotism has fallen short and nearly does not exist. Greed, envy and the desire to only keep in one’s “space” are dominant traits. Understanding of geography and history is at a low point. The meaning of life as an individual steeped in knowledge of America both historically and as a united people is foreign and distant to most folks. Only when this is lost will the general population finally realize what it had. Or, maybe it will not.

I must take issue though with the suggestion that we are at a “tipping point”. In fact we’re way past that.

I began my involvement with the Tea Party movement studying history and government which led directly to discovering the amazing links between government and the banks. I know now that the reign of fiat currencies around the world is nearing its end. The global bankers will keep the game going as long as possible at any cost while the populations who are dependent on “entitlements” will not give them up peacefully.

Likely, it matters little whom we elect next November because the global financial house of cards is in the process of collapsing even now. And there is not one individual running for office who dares speak the truth about what it will take to avoid the coming calamity. And Ron Paul isn’t even close though he may be the most honest voice in the field

Buckle your chin strap Marine ’cause this is going to get ugly.

Keith Allison

Yes, I believe our liberties are rapidly going down the tubes. I say that because, among other reasons, I have a difficult time accepting the fact that any judge has the authority to deny a citizen of this nation any of their civil/constitutional rights. I base that upon a condition where one Federal Court Judge James Whale in the Spokane, WA federal court ordered all of the other federal judges in the state of Washington to disallow me to file any lawsuits in this state. I suppose part of his reasoning is because I had to do it as a pro se plaintiff because the local bar associations have informed the attorney’s I hired to “back off from representing this issue in court, or face the loss of your license to practice law.”

Tom Hoefling

I’m sorry to say that you botched it. The Tenth Amendment speaks of legitimate powers, constitutionally-placed. And so the idea that the “War between the States” was a challenge concerning the Tenth Amendment is ludicrous. The States had no legitimacy whatsoever in trying to break up the Union for a non-existent “right” it did not, and could not, lawfully possess, the “right” to enslave certain classes of human persons.

Taken in the full context of the article, I find this error to be particularly egregious. You contradict yourself, while feeding the common destructive misunderstandings that are extant in our politics, errors that have grave consequences for the monstrous challenge to American liberty that we are now faced with in this generation.

And, before the neo-Confederates jump in with their specious claims that the Civil War was not fought over slavery, I will point your readers to the secession documents of the particular States. They made it absolutely crystal clear that they were claiming the non-existent “right” to alienate the God-given, unalienable rights of certain classes of human persons, men and women made in God’s image, into perpetuity, and that they were willing to make war and destroy the republic to perpetuate this tyranny, this gross breach of the most important cornerstone principles of America, upon which our entire form of government and our claim to liberty absolutely depend.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men…”

Posted December 15, 2011 at 1:05:55 PM

Editor’s Reply:
Actually, the 10th declares limits on the central government, including limits abjectly violated in 1859 to 1862. As for your assertion that “States had no legitimacy whatsoever in trying to break up the Union,” I direct your attention to the Declaration of Independence, the supreme authority. James Madison wrote to Thomas Jefferson in the year of the Declaration’s 50th anniversary, of its supremacy over our nation’s Constitution: “On the distinctive principles of the Government … of the U. States, the best guides are to be found in … The Declaration of Independence, as the fundamental Act of Union of these States.”

Merry Colin

Mark,

Thank you, thank you, and thank you for publishing the Preamble to the Bill of Rights! I call the first ten a Bill of Protections (from government). The schools are derelict in their duty, as are all who do not include this in their printing of the Constitution.

Please inform your readers how important the “declaratory and restrictive” words are in the preamble. Specifically, absolutely NOTHING in the body of the Constitution takes precedent over these amendments! If they do, and I believe it includes future amendments, they are null and void per the “declaratory and restrictive” clause! The States wouldn’t have had it any other way!

May I suggest that you also write on the rights of a jury to decide the law as well as the facts of a case? Because of this, the People are the ultimate Supreme Court and last bastion of liberty.

Posted December 15, 2011 at 1:13:53 PM

john brewster

The mere fact that the U S populist elected Barach Obama, a man with socialist leanings and no qualifications for the presidency, tells me that we have most certainly slid downward from apathy to dependence and are on the precipice of a disaster.

Hamilton

“The fatal cycle of Democracy”.

It’s a cycle only if we allow it to be. There is no rule or natural law that prevents us from reversing course against socialism. All it takes is for the victims of socialist policy to recognize that they are being victimized. All it takes is for self-preservation to override apathy, and then for the victims to take action.

The primary manner in which socialism victimizes society is via income and wealth redistribution. To create socialism in America, Obama and his ilk will eventually use money as their tool. As they create policy that is destructive to our economy, they create joblessness, poverty, and dependence on government. This is evidenced now by the 47% of us who are exempted from paying federal income taxes. Those 47% nontaxpayers are being subsidized by taxpayers, and since the nontaxpayers are still allowed to vote, they persistently vote for politicians who keep the gravey train going. This obviously perpetuates and expands the problem. There’s enough immorality in all this to make Bernie Madoff blush.

This redistribution of wealth creates tax slaves out of taxpayers. And we all know that slavery is morally bankrupt. I’m telling you that Obama and his ilk are no better than slave owners in this respect. And I believe that they’re actually far worse, since I consider their activities to be a treasonous plan to intentionally subvert our Constitution with the cancer the world knows as socialism.

Tim Downey

If we survive the onslaught of the contemporary socialistic (criminal)insurgence, those in power must command the bully pulpit. Conservatives need to educate, with Force, those naive victims of the past 50 years of liberal indoctrination via the Public school system. A vocal minority has a strong grip on a large portion of society. Many don’t have any idea of virtue and/or conscience. And almost as many lack the ability to discern the wisdom and insight of our founding(ers) over the sham/con of the contemporary liberals(ism). We need another Reagan!!!

Posted December 15, 2011 at 1:25:57 PM

L HYAK

As a nation we are fortunate and unique being a Constitutional Republic, we have prospered and solved our problems and made strides to improve our methods of governing, we are among the most educated peoples on earth.

The laws we respect and our education have been severly undermined and many of our generations have lost the value of why and how our freedoms and liberties are preserved, our educational system has been intruded upon by a government gone amuck. Those involved in the leadership and bureuacracy have allowed the teaching of civics, American history culture and traditions to become waylaid by those who do no longer care or understand the value, quality and individual uplifting that is avaliable by use of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, they believe in statism, the power of a growing all encompassing government that holds sway over human rights.

We have reached a crux, we need to take the stand to preserve the nation and government our forefathers fought and died for, the very one that has lighted the way and become the hope for a world in turmoil.

Ken W

A great American, former POW and USAF pilot told a group of junior officers “It is an accident to be born free, it’s a privilege to live free and it is a responsibility to die free”

austin farrell

The Bill of Rights was an attempt by the so called anti federalists to paper over the purposefull ambiguities of Hamilton etc. Namely the Constitutions provision permitting taxation without limitation for the “public welfare” and the Commerce clause. Those provisions are inherently in conflict with the 10th Amendment. Read Melanthon Smith who had remarkable foresight as to where the Commerce clause and the unlimited taxing power for the’public welfare” would lead us. Ratification did not come easily. The varied attempts of the Supreme Court to reconcile the conflict have approached the ridiculous. And of course the Civil War emergency contributed to the distruction of state’s rights under the 10 th amendment. Our present crisises may provide the impetus to redressthe balaance. Yje federal government has become so big it is virtually unmanageable and is in real danger of failing. There is no possiblility of other’s bailing out the US. Reduce the scope and size of the Us government , Restore the rights of the states to find their own solutions to problems, reduce the Fed gov’s power to pick winners and losers among the states. Restore the efficiencies that would come to be if competition,unfettered by Federal payoffs.existed among the states for jobs and living conditions and “social justice”.( witness Boeing and S. Carolina) Remember that US citizens have the freedom to move from the state where they are to a state where they might find life better.

Lee W

Yes, we are at a “tipping point.” I also wholeheartedly agree with Disgusted Retired Veteran above. Unless drastic change comes to our federal (and state) governments, armed conflict is in our future. This tipping point has been building for the past 100 years as progressives have inched unrelentingly into our leadership, press and religious institutions. There is now nearly unbearable pressure put upon us to surrender to the progressive “ideal” envisioned by such people. Our history has been rewritten, our moral values supplanted, our God eliminated, our social norms replaced… the list goes on and on. Now, as we approach what may indeed be our most pivotal national election since the founding of our nation, we are presented with supposedly “conservative” candidates who are progressives in republican window dressing. I do not feel optimistic about our future as a sovereign nation. We may have missed the critial tipping point already.

BIG D PATRIOT

Mark,

I agree with your assessment that if America has not reached the stage of dependency you identified we are on the edge. Your question of why is a complex one with many answers. A few issues that are very apparent, those we elect to office in Washington are not there to represent the people but to enhance their personal situation. They are without morals, ethics or principals. If they possessed these characteristics we would not be faced with the lawlessness currently taking place in Washington or many other issues destroying this country. EXAMPLE How can Eric Holder be directly involved with illegally selling guns to the drug cartel and still be in office instead of jail.

It is very apparent, over many years the liberals/socialists in Washington have done an excellent job of convincing enough people in America they are entitled, victims of capitalism, and owed a living from the government at the expense of productive Americans who are envied & despise by this group. Not only have the Washington socialists been successful in marketing their socialist agenda they have continued to passed legislation expanding handouts to these slugs that support them. One reason the liberals support amnesty for those here illegally, more votes. The difficulty in changing this is “When being a victim is your empowerment accepting a solution is the enemy”.

If we are to regain this Great Country all Americans/Patriots who love the system we have all prospered under will need to get off our backside and get in the fight. We are in one of the most IMPORTANT WARS in American history but not against a foreign country but a WAR AGAINST THOSE IN WASHINGTON regardless of party.

Charles Barb, Jr. PhD

A more complete attribution to the Cycle of Democracy may be:

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Arnold Toynbee (1889 – 1975) quoted to have said:

“The release of initiative and enterprise made possible by self-government ultimately generates disintegrating forces from within. Again and again, after freedom brings opportunity and some degree of

plenty, the competent become selfish, luxury loving and complacent; the incompetent and unfortunate grow envious and covetous; and all three groups turn aside from the hard road of freedom to worship the golden calf of economic security. The historical cycle seems to be: from bondage to spiritual faith; from spiritual faith to courage; from courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance; from abundance to selfishness; from selfishness to apathy; from apathy to dependency; and from dependency back to bondage once more.”

Toynbee seems to be drawing upon what is attributed to Alexander Fraser Tytler, Lord Woodhouselee,(1747–1813), a Scottish historian and university professor who is reputed to have written in “Cycle of Democracy” published in the 1770’s:

“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 candidates promising the most benefits from the

public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over lousy fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average of the world’s great civilizations before they decline has been 200 years.

These nations have progressed in this sequence: From bondage to spiritual faith; from faith to great courage; from courage to liberty;

from liberty to abundance; from abundance to selfishness; from selfishness to complacency; from complacency to apathy; from apathy to dependency; from dependency back again to bondage.”

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With reflection and discussion with friends on the Cycle over the past few years it seems to many that we are in the later stages of the cycle. But the step into bondage today seems to be being missed: it isn’t under the thumb of some despot but under the relatively diverse capital financial markets that exercise control over credit ratings. This relatively new societal invention is possibly more benign.

Of parallel interest to me is the phenomena of empire collapse, specifically the American Empire, as we are experiencing.

Again it is Toynbee who offers an insight as reported by former-Governor Richard Lamb of Colorado:

“No nation in history has survived the ravages of time. Arnold Toynbee observed that all great civilizations rise and fall and that ‘An autopsy of history would show that all great nations commit suicide.'”

As may be taken from the nation today, the precipitate of suicide seems to be public denial of the course of events and a collective will to respond. This is particularly interesting in that the American public today is uniquely bathed in information and education which doesn’t seem to make any difference.

Steve Egbert

We are not serfs. We are not peasants. We are not subjects. We are free men and women who have God-given rights. Governments can not lawfully take away these rights because governments have not bestowed them. We have a responsibilty to our children, grandchildren, and generations of Americans yet unborn, to protect these rights and pass them along, regardless of the cost to us. We have already had two American Revolutions. Perhaps we need a third…

Miss Kitty

“The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money” and “A democratic government is the only one in which those who vote for a tax can escape the obligation to pay it.”

Alexis de Tocqueville

I think we are on the brink.

Thomas

The political liberalism we suffer is simply a symptom of a prior departure and rejection of Truth embraced by theological liberalism. Hence, the answer to your question is found in the Churches. In the main, they no longer hold to the principles of the Reformation, rather an end-of-the-world scenario in which they believe the 2nd Advent is immanent and evil must prevail, the Gospel no longer provides Truth for life, but an escape plan. It’s positively Greek thought that redefines and denies Biblical theology that undergirds the principles of what you call “Essential Liberty and the Rule of Law.”

As a result I believe we have past a “critical juncture” because sustaining a limited civil government requires a populace dedicated to the principles of self-government and responsibility, a willingness to live whereby one accepts the risk of Liberty. The majority, as is seen time and again in their electoral selections, demonstrates conclusively that they won’t accept the risk of Liberty. What we call “conservatives” are actually Mercantilists and are as bent toward welfarism as the socialists; save the latter wants what they can get from others, the former wants others to absorb the cost and risk of Liberty for them. It’s the same principle simply expressed differently.

Our forefathers example was one of self-sacrifice with a future orientation, the last few generations since the New Deal especially, have been past-bound and looking to future generations to provide for them. In turn our children have been born into a society with the rhetoric of historic Patriotism devoid of its meaning and taught to look to centralized civil government to answer every problem shackled to something called “the economy” living as cells in the body politic. Everywhere one turns the minute nuances of life are Nationalized, from our food, toilets, lightbulbs, health care and all things else.

That doesn’t mean we give up, but until there is a resurgence of religious principles of the Reformation there can’t be a resurgence of its political principles because it is devoid of heart and meaning. Everyone wants the political results without the personal beliefs necessary to empower and support it. Without a people that require Liberty because it is a necessity for life, then they will continue to compromise just as they have the past many decades.

OregonGreg

WWIII

“It does not take a majority to prevail…but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.” {Sam Adams}

We need to have more Faith and Passion than our God denying, anti-American foes.

Those who promote the “soft tyranny” of a European Socialist Welfare State have never been a majority. Yet, they have been winning for 50 years! How have they been winning? They have been, TIRELESS and RELENTLESS.

1.They understand better than most that we are still engaged in WWIII. It is the unfinished “Cold War” between Tyranny and Liberty. Yes, the USSR failed. That was a battle lost, but did not end the war.

2. They have continued the war by taking over:

A. Mainstream News Media

B. Public Education

C. The “Environmental Movement”

D. The “Women’s Liberation Movement”

E. Hollywood

F. The Arts.

G. Popular Music

H. Liberal Churches

I. The Leadership of the Democratic Party

3. What is to be done?

A. Chose one of the above cultural issues and make it your long-term cause. We must take back these key cultural institutions.

B. Get involved at Church. If your church leadership has “gone over to the dark side” you have two choices.

1) Change it. Call for new leadership.

2) Leave it. Find a traditional, patriotic church that loves God and America.

Why is Church Work so important?

1. The American War of Independence started with “fire from the church pulpits”. This plays into the natural strength of Christian Conservatives. Americans are still the most morally minded folks on the planet. Our war of Independence was fueled by righteous Christian Ministers. We need that “internal fire” in order to sustain the long fight ahead.

2. The Living Church Community is the most effective army against America’s “domestic enemies”. It was the activated Christian Community that elected every Republican since Lincoln. The Left seems to understand this better than we do.

3. The Church can sustain long term committees of volunteers to work on issues A-I, better than anyone.

What say you?

K-Tea

We are at or perhaps beyond the point of critical mass as the number of people who are helplessly dependent upon big government rather than being self-reliant or receiving support from family, church or community organizations.

The federal government has built and expanded nothing less than subsidized plantations that not only destroy the work ethic, but also the families and spirit of those within. This is the “soft tyranny” of low or no expectations that President G.W. Bush often referred to. It’s morally and ethically dispicable and un-American to the core.

There are few, if any things that government does effectively or well. It should certainly have no part in charity.

The rub is how to cut off and eradicate this vile disease without killing the patient…..

Steven

I am just short of age 60. A relative of mine perished by an SKS bayonet in Korea. I have seen what Communism is and does to countries. In the 1970s I carried a rifle to stop communism. It all starts in most countries with an assualt on cluture and to convince people a lie is truth (political correctness). Many friends never came come home.

My blood pressure will kill me as daily I see so many people in America glorifying the ideas of Marx from the sons and daughters or grandsons and grand-daughters of those who bled in Vietnam and Korea. They do not know the origins of these ideas such as redistribution of income, social justice, to each according to his needs!

A boy of 16 was telling me yesterday this (new concept) of wealth redistribution is a responsibility of government. If this were true, then who made the decision that my income did not belong to me any more? Where is this provided in our constitution? I asked him if he understood that his grandfather gave up his life against the very concept his grandson advocated? I wonder if we will yet fight another civil war over the ideals of Karl Marx. I have succeeded in convincing my family that communism is the most evil form of government on the earth.

We are a country divided into constitutionalist and anti constitutionalist. I spent a lifetime fighting communism, what disturbs me that whether by the pen or rifle, that battle will have to be assumed by my son. Unfortunately, once the rule of man emerges and freedom is gone, only the shedding of blood will ever bring it back. If we do not fight with a pen, we will most certainly, and sadly, fight with a rifle. It all started with an attack on the predominant American value system.

Carol

I think we are in the last stage of the Democracy Cycle. We are already in a state of MENTAL bondage. Political correctness has frozen us with fear of insulting someone, of being taken to court, of being ostracized. Only certain actions and opinions are accepted. And of course, there are the millions who think that others owe them a living. (i.e. Occupy…whatever) Over the years, the demands of dependency has crippled our nation.

Paul

When men of good cause decide to turn their backs on the country then we as a whole are set for the possibility of civil unrest and or civil war. Yes we are at a cross road at this time, will we take the right path which leads to salvation and rest or will we take the left path which leads to a total breakdown of the economy and everything we hold close.

It has been said that for evil to grow is for good men to do nothing but I say that the evil has grown with the people that we have placed in the White House. The constitution was written for times just like we are going through at this time, if we but apply the rules and laws that are written into the constitution then we have all the law that we need to take care of the problem.

When we have a government that is taking the country down a road that leads to the demise of the country, then that government has to be removed and under the constitution we have the laws that are meant to guard the country. The pres has very little power to change the course but this one has thrown the constitution out the window in pieces. At this time we do not have a government that is listening to the people so it needs to be removed and a new government put in place.

Fed Up

“Attorney General Holder denies claim that failed gun-trafficking operation led to discussion of tougher gun control” Fox News.Com

Yea right, and a bear doesn’t crap in the woods!

Liberals, as we have seen throughout history in our country, will attempt through any means, illegal, unethical, or otherwise, to gain traction or reaction, through unscrupulous and illegal means.

One only has to look at recent history, such as voter fraud with ACORN, falseified signtures in Indiana, and a plethra of other illegal actions and activities democrats and liberals have perpetrated against democracy and capitalism.

The depressing part of this is that they believe they do it for the good of the people or for a higher purpose, and don’t see their actions as immoral, unethical or unlawful.

Liberals truely are unhealthy psychologically; so this doesn’t bode well for the future of our country when almost half of its population is psychologically unhealthy and unstable.

Holder is no different than a liberal minion cheating a ballot box, but should be held liable and face justice for injuries against democracy and our constitution.

Prosecute to the full extent of the law without prejudice.

jacy

I am 80 years old and remember the attack on Pearl Harbor well. I was 10 years old. But even more than that I remember a patriotic country – we were all bound together, all fighting the same fight whether in the fields of corn, buying war bonds or watching the lines of men lined up to join the armed services. No naked protestors or people defacting in the streets – even Hollywood was patriotic with their USO and war bond tours. Now we have a man in the White House who has, in three short years, taken this country away from a country of patriots, away from pledging alliegance to our flag; taken away many of the Christian ideologies; attempted to take away the 2nd amendment (guns); has sued a state for attemptimg to protect its citizens against illegals; has run a gun running operation which has led to the death of a border patrol agent and has increased our debt to almost 4 trillion dollars. Citizens have lost jobs and had their homes foreclosed upon. Our education system now has professors preaching progressive socialism – and American history and the constitution are now ignored. We no longer have reporters to report but people who opine and truth is a forgotten language. This country is now verged on bankruptcy – no longer the most powerful nation in the world who received the respect of all countries. “The Yanks” saved Europe and sadly many are still there and we kept Nazism and the Japanese Imperalism from our shores. We have forgotten that dresses were beautiful and men in ties and sports coats looked great – everyone is now attired in jeans for almost every function. Times have changed from my day – most of the time I wish I could go back.

Posted December 15, 2011 at 6:35:58 PM

Jim Qualls

I was born in Los Angeles County in the year 1943, since then, I’ve watched it destroy itself, and turn from one of the wealthiest counties in the country to a welfare state, at one time, there were 6 generations of my family living there, now, there isn’t a single member of my family living there. I’ve watched as the liberal crop of politicians have destroyed industry in this state, running entire industries out for a loss of over one million jobs. The current governor (moonbeam) is personally responsible for the loss of more than one hundred thousand jobs, and the current budget shortfalls are absolutely astronomical.

Posted December 15, 2011 at 6:48:06 PM

Bonnie Fleming
I urge you to read “The National Security Act of 1947″
We have done been conquered by that act. We MUST get rid of that before we can bring this country back but nobody will listen. There have been two books on the subject:

TRANCE Formation of America  and  ACCESS DENIED For Reasons of National Security

The True Life Story of a CIA Mind Control Slave

by Cathy O’Brien with Mark Phillips.

Jim Shedd

I fear this nation lies somewhere between apathy and dependency. The current administration is certainly striving to move us toward greater and greater dependency. If nothin changes the grand experiment of freedom may be forever lost. Then, our republic like the great democracies of the past will become a footnote in history, replaced I fear, by a far more autocratic government under the rule of the jack boot.

Posted December 15, 2011 at 10:49:08 PM

MNIce

Several readers have made much of the report that 47% of the people do not pay income taxes, then say that they are dependent on the government. I’m insulted by that generalization. I live below the poverty line, but I refuse to accept a government handout. Besides that, I pay taxes on my property, plus state and local sales taxes.

Some say that those who pay no federal income taxes should not be allowed to vote. That is a violation of the 24th Amendment. I say that no person who accepts government welfare should be permitted to vote; that is more on target. It is not the working poor who are the problem, it’s the non-working leeches who make it their occupation to sign up for handouts from the taxpayers.

Posted December 15, 2011 at 11:01:27 PM

Johnny Appleseed

“Big government makes small citizens,” Steyn concludes.

“Only he who has conquered his own people first can conquer a strong enemy… When the people are weak the state is strong; when the state is weak the people are strong. Hence the state that follows a true course strives to weaken the people.” Shang Yang – Ruler of Shang Province, 4th Century, B.C.

Posted December 15, 2011 at 11:44:44 PM

Johnny Appleseed

“It is my observation that since WWII, we have transitioned from abundance to complacency, from complacency to apathy and from apathy to dependence.”

“There are those who still think they are holding the pass against a revolution that may be coming up the road. But they are gazing in the wrong direction. The revolution is behind them. It went by in the Night of Depression, singing songs to freedom. So it was that a revolution took place within the form. Like the hagfish, the New Deal entered the old form and devoured its meaning from within. The revolutionaries were inside; the defenders were outside. A government that had been supported by the people and so controlled by the people became one that supported the people and so controlled them.” Garet Garrett

http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig5/garrett1.html

MNIce

Deny it though the Democrats will, Obamacare is a major factor in the persistent high unemployment and economic stagnation we now have. I personally know two business owners who have capped their payrolls at 19, even though they have the opportunity and would otherwise have the desire to expand. This is specifically because the cost of hiring employee #20 under Obamacare requirements wipes out far more money than they could hope to make by expanding. I would not be surprised if a survey of American businesses now shows a statistically anomalous number with 19 employees.

This is the sort of bureaucratic absurdity that helped to destroy the British Empire.

Allen

I would like to say that we are still headed on the way down, but we reached that end years ago when a nation stood idly by watching a Democratic Socialist defile the office of President and kill and imprison American citizens while invading homes with troops to ingratiate himself to communist leaders in the world.

Apathy had come in the time after WWII while we stood for the expansion of Soviet style communism, while our parents enjoyed expansion of wealth and taught their children dependence instead of hard work. And allowed the murder of innocents by a swipe of a pen. They insured that the government schools would keep their children occupied while women went off to find careers to satisfy their selfish desire to be “equals” with their husbands. They ignored their political responsibilities and allowed the counter-culture to enslave future generations by regulating and planning society, and that is where we are now.

Activist judges pronounce the new constitution and law at will. Men rule other men through legal loopholes put in place to deal with entirely unrelated issues. The well connected and elite suppress the “masses” with the help of the press, and a blind and uneducated populace grope in the dark while the planners continue to ad page after page of rules and ordinances to local communities stealing even more of our rights and freedoms.

Make no mistake, when the best we have achieved in the last decade is a one-world, establishment Republican to only slow the transformation to slavery we are in no better position than if we’d had an old time liberal Democrat. Barack Hussein Obama really hasn’t had to try to finish the transformation of America because almost everything had been accomplished before he arrived.

DANIEL

No, we are not at THE tipping point. We are not even at A tipping point. We passed the last tipping point on September 11, 2001 and it has been downhill ever since. A lot of people will have to be killed before we can ever get back even the remaining liberties we still enjoyed at the close of the 20th century.

Hamilton

To: MNIce

I’m glad you’re not waiting on the government for anything, and I meant to say in my earlier post, kudos to you for not relying on some sort of government entitlement program. Even though I don’t know what they are or what they’re called, I do know that there are a lot more entitlement programs than you could imagine. And each one of them has ways in which it can be gamed – ways in which people can fraud their way to getting money out of them, that they aren’t qualified for.

My larger point in all this is that society is almost universally unable to see the evolutionary process that has lead this country to the 47%. This is because just like evolution, the process happened in small increments. The 47% didn’t just happen overnight. It happened as a result of numerous legislative changes including but certainly not limited to: the progressive tax rate system, tax deductions and exemptions, the minimum wage, the poverty line, tax thresholds, etc.

If society and government see low wages as a problem, then the solution should involve steps to achieve a “living wage” (something that the ding-dong Al Gore tried to champion). Why? Because the goal should be for every family to be able to support themselves AND to be able to pay taxes, all without having to have ten jobs, which they wouldn’t have time for anyway. If anyone thinks that it is easy for employers to pay their low-wage employees very low wages, well, it is much easier for those employers to pay low wages when the employees are on government entitlement programs that supplement their income! You see, entitlement programs actually subvert the private sector job market. They counteract the market forces that would compel employers to pay their low-wage earners more. The result is artificially low wages at the low end, and an ever-widening gap between the rich and the poor. Since Liberals champion entitlement programs, it’s ironic that they generally complain about wide income gaps. These entitlement programs (i.e. income redistribution) actually exacerbate the problem; it’s an example of the cure actually causing the disease.

So my objection, if not a revelation to Liberal fools, is that liberal ideology in government causes all this – sometimes inadvertently with some Liberals, but in the case of Obama – I think it is by intent. You will never see Obama trying to figure out a way for low-wage earners to earn more because he wants them dependent on government and he doesn’t want them to pay taxes. He wants their numbers to grow so that they out-vote the number of taxpayers. This is the road to socialism.

JoeB

Transitioned to dependency. I think that we’ve been on the “road to dependency” ever since the US Supreme Court adopted Hamilton’s interpretation of the spending clause in the Constitution (Article I, Section 8(1)). Hamilton argued that the spending clause conferred a power separate and distinct from the other enumerated powers, giving Congress substantive authority to appropriate funds for any purpose which could be regarded as the general welfare of the nation. The Court relied on this interpretation “with a vengance” during the 1930s when it said, for example, in US v. Butler that “the power of Congress to authorize expenditure of public monies for public purposes is not limited by the direct grants of legislative power found in the Constitution.” Thereafter, every time Congress identified a “crisis” (e.g. unemployment, land reclamation, internal improvements, etc.) that required use of moneys of the nation to “resolve”, it relied on the broad interpretation of the general welfare clause of Article I, Section 8(1) to permit such expenditures. And the Executive branch did nothing to stop/control such expenditures. The US Supreme Court has never attempted to define the full scope of the power of Congress to spend. Perhaps it’s high time that it did so (relying more on Madison’s interpretation of Congress’ power to spend).

Posted December 16, 2011 at 11:10:37 AM

El W

Yes, we are at a critical juncture. The current administration uses the Bill of Rights as the only limitations on federal power, and often violates even those. Alexander Hamilton had it right. It is dangerous to have a Bill of Rights with only certain rights defined. Some people might think those are the only rights we have. The real issue is that the power of the federal government comes from Section 8 of the Constitution, and those are the ONLY enumerated powers. We shouldn’t have to define further constitutional amendments to limit federal power. But, the progressives in power continue to erode our rights by forcing health care insurance on us, taking away our constitutional right to be charitable, and violating the rule of law, e.g. bankruptcy law and immigration law. A “Restoration” mantra must be created and enlarged to restore our nation’s laws, regulations, and spending levels to pre-Wilsonian times. Current Republican approaches are much too tepid and insufficent to heat up the argument to appropriate levels. Where is Patrick Henry when you need him.

Fred

That this nation has arrived at a critical juncture in it’s existence cannot be overstated. The import of the 2012 election cannot be overstated. It has taken tens of decades to arrive at this critical juncture. Both parties are responsible for the enormous debt and the serious decline of constitutional liberties. Yet, there are no great leaders stepping forward. The present White House occupant has merely hastened the day of reckoning. He has done nothing that he did not promise three years ago. Those who are surprised by his actions are not truly engaged, and deserve whatever liberty deprivation comes their way. It falls on the shoulders of true patriots to get the word out and educate those who are ignorant. Grave action could result if the election does not go the American way.

Craig Kinard

We are now in the last desperate days of the dependency era, which began in the mid-1960’s with the “Great Society,” a failed sociological experiment which nonetheless converted productive Americans into guilt-ridden apologists for a history they had no hand in. Obama is the eloquent tip of this last spear aimed at the heart of a nation whose ultimate shield is the heritage of our Founding Fathers. To use the modern term, Obama is the apogee of “affirmative action,” an incompetent, inexperienced, historically ignorant man who has risen to the highest office in the land. He will serve only one term, and will lose in the most historic landslide in our country’s history.

Posted December 16, 2011 at 7:37:03 PM

JAMES J. BILENKI JR. (USN. RET.)

My Fellow Patriots,

With the Ignorant, Arrogant, Incompetent & Highly Unqualified Shill that sits his Useless backside in Our White House, & with the Moronic Lackys that he has surrounded himself with, that Tyrannically Abuse us daily, “You Betchem’ Red Rider” that Our country is at a “Critical Juncture!” And it’s more so then any other time in this nation’s history since “The War Between the States.” Our “Civil War.” We MUST rid ourselves of this Plague called the Obama administration, & replace it with the best candidate we can possibly elect to win this most important election. The Most Important Election in this nation since President Abraham Lincoln. Please make damn sure we win in 2012. If not, we’re all doomed, as is our True, Traditional, Christian, Constutional nation!

J.J.B.Jr.(USN.RET.)

Charles O McVey Sr. SFC USA Retired

Mr. Alexander, with all due respect sir, we, the United States, are not a Democracy. The United States is a Constitutional Republic, [Article 4, Section 4]. I have been fighting this fight since I was 17 years old and just assigned to the Federal Republic of West Germany. I had referred to the US as a Democracy to a 14 year old German Girl, and she set me streight in no uncertain terms. This Girl knew more about the founding of this nation than I, and I was embarassed. She told me what Madison said regarding Democracy, as well as John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson. I began to really look at what I had been told in school, and I realized that I had been taught wrong. I obtained a copy of the Constitution from the Library on Coffee Barracks and began to read it extensively, it took me sometime to find James Madisons Federalist Paper 10, but find it I did and his pointed comments regarding the Constitution were very pointed and of extreme value to me. Jhon Admas was likewise very pointed regarding the type Government that the Constitution Created. I found that Jeffersons Comments regarding a Democracy even more to the point, when he stated that a Democracy was nothing more than Mob Rule I really began to see what that girl had ment.

Thank You Charles O. McVey

SFC E7, USA Retired

Michael Maus

Our inability to control government spending is seriously endangering our country. Much of that spending goes to people who show little self discipline or self reliance; in fact, the spending accelerates their condition. They now constitute such a large percentage of the populace that we may be reaching a tipping point.

Posted December 19, 2011 at 4:24:56 PM

Richard

With an increasing number of voters and nonvoters on the government dole while the number of government workers increase who depend on decreasing numbers of private sector workers to pay their salaries, combined with the national debt

and the absence of enough elected officials willing to do what needs to be done,

I see a light at the end of the tunnel and it is most certainly an on coming train!

Kent

I am one of those taxpayers that does not think that any federal Judge/Justice should be appointed to a lifetime position without the voters periodically approving their continuance on the bench. I also suggest that the poor condition of our once great nation is the direct result of despotic judges and justices. I propose that one third of all federally appointed Judges/Justices (yes-that includes the SCOTUS) names appear on the ballot for the area/district that they represent every two years. Each Judges/Justices name would be followed by a simple Yes or no question “Should this Judge/Justice remain on the bench?” If the majority says “Yes” then that Judge/Justice remains on the bench for roughly six more years. If the majority says “No” then the President would need to nominate another Judge/Justice within 120 days. If a new Judge/Justice is not nominated by the President and approved by the Senate by the 120 mark, the Judge/Justice is relieved of any and all authority of the post. For an appointed Judge/Justice to remain on the bench for life during ‘good behavior’ assumes that they have the ability to read and comprehend the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and supporting amendments as they are written. The sorry state of the republic is obvious proof that they do not and by my opinion that reflects ‘poor behavior’! Just a thought…..and a place to start!

One Response to Liberty v the Fatal Cycle of Democracy

  1. arnash says:

    What’s Really at Stake: Leviathan’s Appetite

    By Chuck Colson (Archive) · Friday, February 10, 2012 http://patriotpost.us/opinion/chuck-colson/2012/02/10/whats-really-at-stake-leviathans-appetite/

    So why in the world would the Administration brushoff the Bill of Rights (mandated reproductive insurance coverage imposed against Catholic services) and antagonize people of faith — maybe 80 percent of the U.S. population?

    Because what’s really at stake here is whether or not there is any limit to government power.

    That’s the point made by Daniel Henninger in his excellent piece yesterday, also in the Wall Street Journal. “The American Catholic Church,” he writes, “is now being handed a lesson in the hierarchy of raw political authority.”

    But the question for all of us, Henninger writes, “is whether anyone can remain free of a U.S. government determined to do what it wants to do, at whatever cost.”
    I have said before, now is the time to speak out–and to remain vigilant in the face of the government’s enormous appetite for power over the lives and liberties of its citizens.

    What’s really at stake is whether we will continue to be a free country.

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