Wednesday, March 24, 2004

Here is a great essay on Democracy:


At about the time our original 13 states adopted their new constitution,
in the year 1787, Alexander Tyler (a Scottish history professor at The
University of Edinburgh) had this to say about "The Fall of The Athenian
Republic" some 2,000 years prior.

"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."

The average age of the worlds greatest civilizations from the beginning of
history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations
always progressed through the following lifecycle 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 apathy & dependence to decadence, anarchy, & lawlessness

From decadence, anarchy, & lawlessness back into bondage.

Professor Joseph Olson of HamlineUniversitySchool of Law, St. Paul,
Minnesota, points out some interesting statistics concerning the most
recent Presidential election:

Population of counties won by: Gore=127 million Bush=143 million

Square miles of land won by: Gore=580,000 Bush=22,427,000

States won by: Gore=19; Bush=29

Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by: Gore=13.2

Professor Olson adds: "In aggregate, the map of the territory Bush won was
mostly the land owned by the tax-paying citizens of the country."

Gore's territory encompassed those citizens living in government-owned
tenements or living off government subsidies...

Olson believes the U.S. is now somewhere between the "apathy" and
"complacency" phase of Professor Tyler's definition of democracy; withsome
40 percent of the nation's population already having reached the
"governmental dependency" phase.

Tuesday, March 23, 2004

Suddenly, it's quite cool here.

Monday, March 22, 2004

Weather is beautiful today.

Sunday, March 21, 2004

Well, I've just been introduced to blogs so I guess I am in blog heaven now. Now when my friends are tried of all my advice, I can give it to you.

I live in Florida. "Why?" you might ask. Well, for one, there is little crime where I live (although Florida is almost famous for it's serial killers), there is no smog, no congestion here and the price of real estate is still pretty cheap (as compared to L.A., where I came from). Those are the perks for putting up with the weather, which is hot and humid most of the time.

The weather is so hot a good deal of the people just let their lawns go to it natural state which is scruffy grass in a lot of sand. There is no dirt in Florida. It's a giant sandbar. With all the scruffy lawns and the 'too-hot-to-do-anything' attitude, real estate, for the masses, remains pretty cheap.

Of course we are not talking about your managed communities here. Just the population at large.

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