We Learn from History: Scottish Obituary from 1787


Alexander Fraser Tytler (1747 – 1813)

We have seen these Obits in other forms this is very clear and sad.

In 1787 Alexander Tytler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh, had this to say 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 average age of the world’s greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:

From bondage to spiritual faith;
From spiritual faith to great courage;
From courage to liberty;
From liberty to abundance;
From abundance to complacency;
From complacency to apathy;
From apathy to dependence;
From dependence back into bondage.”

The Obituary follows:

Born 1776, Died 2012
It doesn’t hurt to read this several times.
Professor Joseph Olson of Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota, points out some interesting facts concerning the last Presidential election:

Number of States won by: Obama: 19 Romney: 29
Square miles of land won by: Obama: 580,000 Romney: 2,427,000
Population of counties won by: Obama: 127 million Romney: 143 million
Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by: Obama: 13.2 Romney: 2.1

Professor Olson adds: “In aggregate, the map of the territory Romney won was mostly the land owned by the taxpaying citizens of the country.

Obama territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in low income 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 Tytler’s definition of democracy, with some forty percent of the nation’s population already having reached the “governmental dependency” phase.

If Congress grants amnesty and citizenship to twenty million criminal invaders called illegals – and they vote – then we can say goodbye to the USA in fewer than five years.

If you are in favor of this, then by all means, ignore this message.

If you are not, then pass this along to help everyone realize just how much is at stake, knowing that apathy is the greatest danger to our freedom.

13 responses to “We Learn from History: Scottish Obituary from 1787

  1. At the age of a college student this is really one of the scariest things you can read. It is obvious that the US is going through these stages and that it is getting worse. It really makes me want to move out of the country before we go back into bondage.

  2. I agree with the cycles of great nations and the observation that democracies are temporary. As the proverbial pendulum swings great empires are forged and others sucome from great strain placed on itself.

  3. Its amazing the insight of some people. I think this quote about the Athenian republic, “A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government.” holds very true. Hopefully we can stop this before its too late and back bondage.

  4. This is a great article although the way American system is set up, square land dosnt matter. Every American should know its based on electoral votes even over popular vote as well in scenarios. Again it shouldnt matter which voters voted for who .. what matters is the bottom line .. The last thing i want to say is Tytler is correct stating a democarcy will never last as the greeks fell , however this can be altered in a form of assimlation to meet the demands of citizens

  5. Reading this article completely shocked me. I wasn’t aware of the number of winnings between Obama and Romney for different states, population, etc. This just makes me so sad about the situation America is in with having Obama as our President. Personally I don’t like the guy and I believe he is making our country weak.

  6. Something about Obama really made me think twice about him, he’s not a good person that’s just me though. and this means nothing good for America’s future!

  7. Everybody that voted for Obama was not a murders or on low-in- come,

  8. Yep to what Georgey said. Say hello to communism. Gosh this makes me sad.

  9. HA! This is really sad. Unfortunately I am not looking towards our Nation’s future.

  10. The United States really needs to get rid of this Electoral College, it was put into place because back when America first became a nation the founding fathers wanted a backup plan, in case the majority of uneducated Americans voted in an imbecile! Today it’s different, the vast majority of the US go to school, and can make correct choices. It’s time to do away with the Electoral College and let the voices of the American people be heard.

  11. A really dark prediction for the future of the United States. Only time can tell how it ends up.

  12. If things are going the same as it is now, say goodbye to freedom, and hello communism.

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