November 9, 2012
America Committed Suicide On November 6, 2012Topics:
I saw this piece back on November 7, but am just now getting around to posting on it. It's written by Alan Caruba, and it's based on 2 separate quotes, one by what Alexander Tyler (Lord Woodhousely), a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh, had to say back in 1787 about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years prior:
"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 other quote Caruba builds his piece on is that of John Adams, Founding Father and the nation's second President, who warned:
"Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide."Given that the electorate just voted for a nanny-state administration, it's hard to argue that the quotes aren't applicable to what just happened on November 6, 2012.
Caruba begins with:
I had hoped that the majority of voters would elect Mitt Romney, but instead of a man of character they chose charisma. They ignored four years of failure and deception. In advertising, they say "Sell the sizzle, not the steak." Romney, sadly, lacked sizzle.Take the time to read Caruba's entire piece. It's a bit lengthy, but it absolutely nails the context of what just happened on Nov. 6 and the man and his agenda that liberal-progressives and a nation of an increasing number of takers voted for.
Obama's victory was one of a long line of Progressives from Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Jimmy Carter. It was not new, but it will likely do more damage on top of what his predecessors have done. It turned out that there were not enough voters from the faith-based communities. You know -- the kind of people Obama said "cling to their religion and guns." There were not enough from a range of population subsets to make a difference.
Like New York's Mayor Michael Bloomberg who thought a marathon run through boroughs devastated by Hurricane Sandy was a really good idea, Obama has never had any real sense of how people feel about things that are important to them. Why should he?
He was raised in a communist cocoon in which family, friends, fellow students, teachers, and mentors ensured he would never be exposed to the fundamentals of free market capitalism that has been the bedrock of the nation's prosperity. I have written repeatedly that he just does not like America and that this explains his view that our nation is not an exceptional place in which to live.
His mother was attracted first to an African and, after being divorced, to an Indonesian, both Muslims. And then she abandoned Obama to the care of his leftist grandparents. His academic life led him from Occidental College to Columbia University, and then onto Harvard Law School, all leftist strongholds and, yet oddly few of his fellow students even remembered him.
On the radio of the 1940s there was a show called "The Shadow" about a man with the "power to cloud men's minds" who used it to fight crime, but Obama developed the power to so utterly charm people that, like any successful confidence man, he left people impressed with all the exterior aspects of him without few clues about what he stood for, what he believed, and what his true goals are.
Despite four years of his campaign and his first term not enough Americans understood that Barack Obama is as alien to America as if he had come from some very different, very foreign place. What is most baffling is why a majority of voters looked at the estimated 23 million of their fellow citizens who were out of work or had stopped looking for work, and whose lives along with their own were even further encumbered by the massive debt Obama had run up; currently $16 trillion and climbing, and thought that was okay?
In a nation whose citizens pride themselves on their ability to work to meet the needs of their families, it was and is profoundly disturbing that 47 million must use food stamps or that millions have fallen below the poverty level.
Related must-read: The 'Who Moved My Cheese?' Election
Posted by Hyscience at November 9, 2012 12:02 PM
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