To the editor:
In 1787, Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh, noticed a continuing pattern in the advance and decline of the world's democracies. He stated then that "a democracy would continue to exist until such time that the voters discover that they can literally vote themselves gifts from the public treasury.
From the moment that revelation is made, the majority proceeds to vote for candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury. The final result is that every democracy finally collapses due to loose fiscal policy. That collapse is always followed by a dictatorship."
Tyler charted the ages of the world's civilizations from the beginning of history - an average existence of about two hundred years. Every single time, these nations 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.
We have gone more than 200 years, however the progression has been accurate.
That is why this election is so important.