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Saturday, April 18, 2009

America's Final Days?

There is some argument where the quote at the end of this post originated. But this serves only to distract from its truth.

It has been attributed to Scotsman Alexander Frazer Tytler, LORD WOODHOUSELEE. But many question it's origin.

If you'd like to read more about it's history please visit this link
where Loren Collins writes about her research on the quote and concludes that the attribution to Tytler cannot be verified.

But even Collins admits "that these quotes were probably coined by separate individuals in the first half of the twentieth century..." and that as early as 1943 elements of this quote were being circulated.

Collins' research shows that in speeches, Henning Webb Prentis, Jr., President of the Armstrong Cork Company, used elements from this quote, including one delivered on June 5, 1951 where he added: "In the United States we stand today at the complacency-apathy stage."

Regardless where it originated, it has represented the truth for many, myself included. And now it has been nearly 60 years Since Prentis placed the US along it's scale.

My hope is that we in the US, where we have had such incredible freedom and prosperity will seriously look at it's meaning...and judge for ourselves what truths the quote contains...and perhaps change the road we're on, before we once again find ourselves in bondage to tyranny.

The quote:

A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse (generous gifts) from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been 200 years.

Great nations rise and fall. The people go from bondage to spiritual truth, to great courage, from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to selfishness, from selfishness to complacency, from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependence, from dependence back again to bondage.



  1. This is very good journalism. Jephyr gave me permission to print it. I shall show it to all interested friends here at home.

  2. Hi B, I just saw your reply again and relized I'd replied to you on facebook with a "yes" but not here. As I said on Facebook long ago...please feel free to pass this quote or complete article on to whoever you wish.

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting here!

  3. Very interesting quote! Especially the very last sentence!

    Jephyr, thanks for sharing.

    Tony Coty

  4. Thanks for taking a look at this Tony. I agree that last sentence of the quote delivers a strong, clear message.

    Glad you stopped by and commented.

    Ciao fer now