A 200 year democracy

Topics: Dependency, 1960s, Government Pages: 2 (436 words) Published: November 25, 2013

A 200 Year Democracy
Our nation is approximately two hundred and thirty years old, and our democracy, the same. According to Alexander Tyler a democracy only lasts an average of two hundred years; so we are overdue right? I don’t think so, and I shall tell you why.

I don’t think we are overdue. No, not at all, I just think we are running a little late to the party, so to speak; however we are well on our way there. Alexander Tyler said that a democracy will fall at the hands of a loose fiscal policy, which is exactly what is happening. Our country is trillions of dollars in debt. Our government just throws money away as if it were writing paper, be it toward a pointless war, as some say, or toward giving other countries money that we don’t have ourselves. Kind of sounds like a prophecy doesn’t it.

Alexander Tyler also stated that, during the two hundred years, a democracy would go through eight phases: bondage, spiritual faith, great courage, liberty, abundance, complacency, apathy, and dependence. In the 1960s Joseph Olsen, a professor of Hamline University: School of Law had the theory that we were in the complacency to apathy phase, and well on our way toward the dependency phase. This was in the sixties, who knows where we may be now.

With that said, I believe we are in the apathy to dependence phase. Our nation is so dependent on the government, from well fare to food stamps, even nearly free housing for incidental mothers. That’s not even the worst of it, the ones getting the help, at least some of them anyway, know that this is part of the debt problem, they just simply do not care; the ones that choose not to get it however go unheard because of the lack of power behind their cause. I feel, at this rate, that it may be only twenty to forty years before we finally rotate back towards the bondage phase, let us see how much people care then.

As I said above, I don’t think it will be long until we rotate back to the bondage phase. Empires and...
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