Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Letters to the Editor

March 21, 2014

A warning from 200 plus years ago

— — In 1887, Alexander Tyler, a Scottish History professor at the University of Edinburgh, wrote some 2,00 years ago, “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 over 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. These nations always progressed through the following sequence. They go from bondage to spiritual faith, spiritual faith to great courage, from abundance to complacency, from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependence and finally from dependence back to bondage.”

Unfortunately, we are well into the final bondage with all the government controls that are being put into place. The obituary is as such: Born 1774, Died 2014

Donald Ingram


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