The long-anticipated death of the Great American Experiment
America was intentionally not founded as a democracy.
By John Edison 3-5-2020
Election alert: There are no “moderate” Democrats. Desperate to keep the truth hidden from voters, the modern Democratic Party has turned against the constitution it swore to protect and defend, and sharply toward the scourge of socialism.
Socialism has existed for a long time, although not always by that name. When the Pilgrims came to America on the Mayflower in 1620, a document called the Mayflower Compact set out a communal living arrangement for the colony. No colonist was allowed to own land. All land, and its farming output, was commonly owned under what has been referred to as “the tragedy of the commons.” When winter arrived, the system began to crack. With the colony on the verge of starvation, it was obvious that communal living wasn’t producing enough food. The Pilgrims’ failed experiment with socialism was replicated over the centuries that lay ahead wherever collectivist theory has been tried.
Two hundred years after the Mayflower landed, French historian and political theorist Alexis de Tocqueville came to America to study the great American experiment in representative democracy and individual liberty. After analyzing what he’d seen, de Tocqueville predicted that the downfall of the great American experiment would occur when enough citizens realized they could vote themselves unearned government entitlements. With millions of its citizens taking far more from the system than they contribute to it, the America of today is within sight of a tipping point. So, how long do we have? The answer can be found in observations attributed to Scottish history professor Alexander Tyler (1747-1813):
History shows that democracies do not survive as a permanent form of government. Rather, they flourish until enough citizens learn that unearned benefits can be had from the public treasury. From then on, the majority will vote for politicians who promise them the most benefits from the public treasury. When that happens, the entire system is destined to collapse under the weight of unsustainable fiscal policy. Democracies evolve through the following sequences on their way to eventual demise:
• From bondage to spiritual faith
• From spiritual faith to great courage
• From great courage to liberty
• From liberty to abundance
• From abundance to apathy
• From apathy to dependence
• From dependence back into bondage
With a substantial portion of America’s population having already reached the dependency stage, the great American experiment is perilously close to the final stage of democratic evolution: a return to bondage. If We the People return to bondage, it will have quietly slipped upon us in the form of single-party socialist rule. Should America fall from within to the scourge of socialism, on our children and grandchildren will pay a heavy price for generations to come.
America’s descent toward socialism was foreseen long ago
Around the time Alexander Tyler was studying the stages of democratic evolution and de Tocqueville was observing the great American experiment, America’s second president, John Adams, described what happens to a democratic society when voters accelerate their demands on government:
The revenue creates pensioners, and the pensioners urge for more revenue. The people grow less steady, spirited, and virtuous, the seekers more numerous and more corrupt, and every day increases the circles of the dependents and expectants, until virtue, integrity, public spirit, simplicity, and frugality become the objects of ridicule and scorn, and vanity, foppery, selfishness, meanness, and downright venality swallow up the whole society.
Liberty vs. Tyranny
If Americans of today lose sight of the priceless value of their two-party constitutional republic, the whole society in which they live will be swallowed up by single-party socialist rule.
The battle over the ideas of two men born more than 200 years ago is playing out in this year’s election season. One of those men, George Washington, is known as the Founding Father of Liberty; the other, Karl Marx, as the Founding Father of Tyranny. The difference in their respective ideas is stark:
Rights granted from Above vs. Rights dictated by the state
Sharing based on love vs. Forced wealth redistribution
Free-enterprise capitalism vs. Government-run economy
Excellence rewarded vs. Mediocrity rewarded
Private property rights vs. Private property abolished
Free speech rights vs. Free speech punished
2nd Amendment rights vs. Gun ownership banned
Self-reliance vs. Government dependency
We the People vs. Totalitarian rule
Government fears the people vs. People fear the government
Liberty vs. Tyranny
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