“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largess 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, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been 200 years.”
Well, we have exceeded the 200-year limit Alexis spoke of. But, to me, the clock did not start ticking until the progressive era started in the late 1800s. So we are really just starting our second century of his predicted decline.
I was wrong about this election. Shout out to PolicyMic pundit Frank Hagler; the American people, by the slimmest of margins, have chosen to stay children rather than move into adulthood.
I will be fine. I am old enough that I will not live to see the fruits of what was sown yesterday. Unfortunately, my children and yet to be born grandchildren will have to live through this decline.
While I must live under this verdict, I do not accept it and will do my part to try to reverse what is happening in my country, but it is likely a waste of time.
Am I bitter? Yes, at this moment you could draw that conclusion. The president did not speak of plans for the future or how we would get there. Rather, he cobbled together a divisive and envious group. Blacks voted for him 95%, Latinos were at 67%, and women 57%. Each of those groups have their different reasons, but the common thread was that they felt the Republicans want to take something from them or not give them enough.
We do not have a sustainable government. The wealthy do not make enough or have enough to fund what the people want (and they never will). There is a real possibility that the wealthy, who are mobile, will simply go somewhere else. For over 200 years America has been the place where those who wanted the freedom to achieve and keep the fruits of that achievement have come. We are a nation that people are willing to risk their lives in order to reach our shores. In the past, that was so they could achieve their own greatness. It seems now they come to leech off the greatness of others.
You who voted for Obama enjoy this moment, because I no longer see America’s greatest days ahead.
"Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country" seems to have been replaced by "ask not what you can do for your country – ask, no demand, what your country can do for you”. To me this is a very sad day. I hope with all my being that I am wrong.