Tuesday, November 6, 2012

When exiting the final session of the Continental Congress, they were asked by a citizen what they had done. One of the Founding Fathers purportedly said, “We have given you a republic — now see if you can keep it." They knew back then that straight-up democracies don’t work. 

The following statement has been attributed to Alexander Tyler who was a Scottish history professor in the 1700s: “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 voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority will always vote for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury. The result being every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, (which is) always followed by a dictatorship."

From here.

Over at Protein Wisdom, they are taking the vote darkly:

Looks like the Mayans were right, after all.
Sadly, there is no going back now.  At least, not by way of elections.  The masses here are content to run out the debt clock, get theirs, and say fuck it to the next few generations, who will bear the burden of what will be an inevitable collapse.  So there’s really no going back, period.
McCaskill — whose family raked in stimulus money; Sherrod Brown, the Senate’s most leftwing Senator; a fake Indian; and a rubber stamp for Obama in Donnelly, a former Obaman DNC chair running as a “moderate” in VA, all winners.  So the Presidential election doesnt’ even matter.
The mainstream press once again bought Obama the election. Which will buy him 4 years of an imperial presidency with nothing to stop him.
End of country.
Time to maybe start a new one, I think.  Because I’ll be goddamned if my family is going to work to pay for other people’s shit; and I most certainly won’t live in a post-Constitutional police state — at least, not without putting up whatever resistance I can.
True?  Or just the disappointment after a close election loss that we were expected to win?
Remember, the Conservatives increased their majority slightly in the house, and have 30 governors, which I believe is the most in decades.  Although there is plenty to be angry about, not everything is bad.

I'm not convinced it's time for secession talk quite yet, but such things are certainly more likely to be thought of in a country where charlatans like Obama and Elizabeth Warren can be elected.  

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