In 1787, while our first 13 states adopted their new Constitution, Alexander Tyler who was a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh, said this about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2000 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 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 due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship."
Professor Tyler then went on to list the eight steps that a democracy goes through. We are now in step seven -- "From apathy to dependence" -- and step 8 is "From dependence back to bondage."
The problem is that the more people who become dependent on the government, the fewer workers and income earners who pay taxes; the fewer entrepreneurs who generate jobs, and the greater demand for higher taxes from an ever decreasing taxpaying group.
(This information is from the Lee's Summit Conservative.)
A sad day indeed in these United States.