Monday, February 21, 2011

From bondage to spiritual faith, to great courage, back into bondage.

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.

October 15, 1747 to January 5, 1813 lived Alexander Fraser Tytler, Lord Woodhouselee, who was a Scottish-born British lawyer and writer. Tytler was also a historian, and for some years was Professor of Universal History, and Greek and Roman Antiquities, in the University of Edinburgh

In his Lectures, Tytler displayed a cynical view of democracy in general and representative democracies such as republics in particular. He believed that "a pure democracy is a chimera," and that "All government is essentially of the nature of a monarchy." In discussing the Athenian democracy, after noting that a great number of the populations were actually enslaved, he went on to say, "Nor were the superior classes in the actual enjoyment of a rational liberty and independence. They were perpetually divided into factions that ultimately created a ranking for themselves under the banners of the contending demagogues; and these demagogues maintained their influence over their partisans by the most shameful corruption and bribery, of which the means were supplied alone, by the plunder of the public money." Who among us does not see this happening today?

Speaking about the measure of freedom enjoyed by the people in a republic or democracy, Tytler wrote, "The people flatter themselves that they have the sovereign power. These are, in fact, words without meaning. Who among us does not relate to these words to reflect what shallow meanings there are when we speak of our freedoms today, which is developing more toward dictatorship, under the cloak of democracy? It is true those of past, as we today elected governors; but how are these elections brought about? In every instance of an election by the mass of a people, is through the influence of those governors themselves, and by means, which are the most opposite to a free choice, by the rapid corruption and bribery that takes place. But those governors once selected, where is the boasted freedom of the people? The people must submit to their rule and control, with the same abandonment of their natural liberty, the freedom of their will, and the command of their own actions, as if they were under the rule of a monarch."

Tytler dismisses the more optimistic vision of democracy by commentators such as Montesquieu (a French philosopher ) as "nothing better than a Utopian theory, a splendid chimera (organism), in other words a descriptive of a state of society that never did, and never could exist; a false republic not of men, but of angels. But these angels for "While they are man are being instigated by the love of power--a passion and it is an act that is commonly seen by us even with the inferior animal kingdom—he (like the animal) will seek personal superiority in preference to every matter of a general concern; or at best, he will employ himself in a ploy of advancing the public good, as the means of individual distinction and elevation (keeping his elected office): he will promote the interest of the state from the selfish but most useful passion of making himself considerable in that establishment by answering with entitlements which he labors to aggrandize for his constituents, to insure power for him is absolute. This is the true picture of man as a political agent."

That said however, Tytler does admit that there are individual exceptions to the rule, and that he is ready to allow "that this form of government is the best adapted to produce, though not the most frequent, yet the most striking, examples of virtue in individuals," paradoxically because a "democratic government opposes more impediments to disinterested patriotism than any other form. To surmount these, a pitch of virtue is necessary to get elected which, in other situations, where the obstacles or less great and numerous, is not called in to exertion (in other words only grease the wheel sqeaking). The nature of a republican government gives to every member of the state an equal right to cherish views of ambition, and to aspire to the highest offices of the commonwealth; it gives to every individual of the same title with his fellows to aspire at the government of the whole."

Tytler believed that democratic forms of government such as those of Greece and Rome have a natural evolution (life expectancy) from initial virtue toward eventual corruption and decline. In Greece, for example, Tytler argues that "the patriotic spirit and love of ingenious freedom ... became gradually corrupted as the nation advanced in power and splendor." Tytler goes on to generalize: "Patriotism always exists in the greatest degree in rude nations, and in an early period of society. Does any one of you see the arrogance of our government as meeting this description of being “RUDE”?

greatest difficulties ... but in a state of ease and safety, as if wanting its appropriate nourishment, it languishes and decays." ... "It is a law of nature to which no experience has ever furnished an exception, that the rising grander and opulence of a nation must be balanced by the decline of its heroic virtues."

Taking a moment to ponder these words; it operates with the greatest force where it meets with the greatest difficulties----does anyone see why manmade disasters are introduced to us like the swine flu for example? Keep the people fluster, confused and even alarmed about something (can anyone say: Don’t let good crises go un-exploited?). What about the decline of its heroic virtues. (Haven’t we been giving in to the atheists and taking prayer and any mention of God out of our schools? We are being lead to do these things, under the disguise of being politically correct.

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 through their corrupt elected officials; if someone else has it, it does not matter if they worked for it, it now should belong to you, attitude. 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 lose and corrupt fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's greatest civilizations from the beginning of history has been about 200 years.

However a Republic that has had a charter that truly protects the rights of its citizens has never been through the test of time. Our republic is being hijacked from us today. Our republic is slowly deteriorating and being robbed from us, right under our noses because the majority of the people have been duped into thinking that a republic and a democracy are the same and that cannot be farther from the truth. It is being robbed from us by the shallow promises from the political self interests of the elected democracy corrupt politicians. If we the people can resist the ploy of promised favoritism from the corrupt leaders then we can sustain a life where freedom really means free (a Republic guided by its charter-which we the people have given our lives to protect in our distant past). We must stand our ground and fight once again, united and not continue on this road to bondage and dictatorship, which is the pathway we are allowing our country to be heading toward. Some are referring to it as, sending our country over the cliff and we must not stand for it any longer.

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