Monday, November 3, 2008

Tomorrow's Elections

Wow, do Americans have a great weight on their shoulders...  Tomorrow's elections not only decide who will be president, but also which direction our country will proceed in.  These are a few important items that I think we should all consider.

1. The pro-life/ pro-choice debate.

2. The definition of marriage debate.

3. The War on Terror.

4. The Economy: Energy and Taxes.

*Now while Obama's tax plan may seem enticing to us little guys with lower incomes, what to the words "lower the playing field mean"?  Does that sound socialist to anyone else?

Ok, a few last thoughts.  These I collected from an email going around.  I'm hoping they are accurately sourced because they are potent, thought-provoking words.


About the time our original thirteen states adopted their new constitution in 1787, Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh, had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years earlier:

"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 they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury."

"From that moment on, the majority always vote for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship."

"The average age of the world's greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years"

"During those 200 years, those nations always progressed through the following sequence:

1. from bondage to spiritual faith;

2. from spiritual faith to great courage;

3. from courage to liberty;

4. from liberty to abundance;

5. from abundance to complacency;

6. from complacency to apathy;

7. from apathy to dependence;

8. from dependence back into bondage"

Professor Joseph Olson of Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota, points out some interesting facts concerning the 2000 Presidential election:

Number of States won by: Democrats: 19 Republicans: 29

Square miles of land won by: Democrats: 580,000 Republicans: 2,427,000

Population of counties won by: Democrats: 127 million Republicans: 143 million

Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by: Democrats: 13.2 Republicans: 2.1

Professor Olson adds: "In aggregate, the map of the territory Republican-won was mostly the land owned by the taxpaying citizens of this great country. Democrat territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in government-owned tenements and living off various forms of government welfare..." Olson believes the United States is now somewhere between the "complacency and apathy" phase of Professor Tyler's definition of democracy, with some forty percent of the nation's population already having reached the "governmental dependency" phase.


Whatever your political views are, it's evident that we need to get out there and vote.  We, the people need to take charge of our country again.  We need that fight in us that our ancestors had; the passion to do what's best for us, that ensures our freedoms and gives our children the rights and privileges that we have long taken for granted.  I urge everyone to take a stand, to get out and vote!

And for all you Christians out there, here's one more video to watch for extra inspiration:
http://www.catholicvote.com/

1 comment:

michelle said...

Thought provoking words and a powerful video...I am smarter for being your friend. Thanks!