February 28, 2017
“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 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." Attributed to Alexander Tytler, explaining what had destroyed the Athenian Republic more than 2,000 years before.
“Charity is no part of the legislative duty of government.” James Madison
A few examples before we get into the heart of the problem:
On May 10, 1940 Winston Churchill was named Prime Minister of Great Britain following the resignation of Neville Chamberlain. Winston Churchill was the one person primarily responsible for saving Great Britain from being taken over by Nazi Germany and was rightly regarded as the savior of the British people. What was his reward? When he ran for reelection in 1945 the British people voted him out and, in a landslide victory, elected Clement Attlee, a Fabian Socialist who proceeded to nationalize large parts of the British economy. The British voters in effect said: “We won the war and suffered, now it’s time for some free stuff.”
As a condition for getting another bailout in 2012 the Greek people agreed to certain austerity measures imposed by their conservative government that were necessary to avoid a default and the certain destruction of their economy. The austerity measures caused most of the citizens some pain and so at the next opportunity they voted the conservatives out and voted in a socialist government. The socialist government removed all the austerity measures and the economy of Greece came within a week of collapsing because of having no money in their banks. Fortunately for the people of Greece another bailout was hastily restructured (the European Central Bank (ECB) is run by socialists and they hate to see socialism fail) in 2015 and the inevitable was delayed again. It looks like some time in the next year or so another bailout will be required. How long before the ECB stops rewarding bad behavior?
People always want problems solved but they want to experience no pain personally. If they experience pain they will vote out the people who gave them the pain and replace them with people who tell them what they want to hear.
At some point in time, and hopefully soon, America’s national debt will need to be addressed. If it is not addressed the subsequent rampant inflation will eventually cause massive pain. If it is addressed the pain will come from entitlement programs that will need to be cut or eliminated. Either way there will be pain. The wild drunken spending of the last 25 years (plus) will eventually come home to roost. Either way there will be pain and the people identified as causing the pain will be tossed out and the people who promise to return to the wild spending spree will be put back in power.
The problem is completely traceable to our present voting system which, as it is structured, is a recipe for disaster. This is the same voting system that has been copied by many free countries around the world and is sowing the seeds of disaster worldwide. So long as the people who take from the society have as much to say about who runs the society as the people who contribute to the society you will get trouble. In the early days of America you had to be the head of the household and a landowner to vote – not everyone could vote. While I do not advocate going back to that system some other system that gives the power to responsible citizens needs to be implemented. Voting should be an earned privilege and not a right.
As it stands right now the socialists have the voting system exactly the way they want it and they are holding all the cards in this respect. This does not bode well for the long term future of America.
Lewis Shupe, Founder