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Is America's "Democracy" Failing?
     by Thom Holmes

At about the time our original 13 states adopted their new constitution in 1787, a Scottish history professor by the name of Professor Alexander Tyler had this to say about "The Fall of the Athenian Republic" over 2,000 years ago...

"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, (which is) always followed by a dictatorship.

"The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been two hundred years. These nations have progressed through this 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 dependence back into bondage."

The comments above by Professor Alexander Tyler are right on target.  And we are heading that way due to ignorance of our heritage and our true form of government.  Our founding fathers did NOT give us a democracy, but rather a republic.  We, the people, MUST demand that the Constitutional restraints on all three branches of this republic be adhered to and that the checks and balances between the three branches be re-instituted.

Many Christians want to improperly point to the passages in the Bible that say "obey the government" and claim they cannot revolt against unjust laws that are enacted or against tyrannical judicial rulings that are handed down.  Where Christians are mistaken is that our Republic is structured in such a way that WE ARE THE RULERS AND WE CONTROL THE GOVERNMENT!  If we do not live up to the responsibility God has given us SOON, and hold our democratically elected public SERVANTS accountable to the Constitution and the rule of law, then we truly will no longer be a republic.

This country CAN experience a renewal of freedom, but it will take an awakening by its people, Christians primarily.  A 21st Century revolution must begin soon or we will certainly go the way of all previous "Democracies".

(Thom Holmes is a member of the Constitution Party National Executive Committee and is the Southern States Region Chairman.  From 1996 - 2000 he served as Secretary and Vice-Chairman of the CP of Texas.  He now lives in Chandler, Oklahoma.)

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