The Declaration of Independence describes the deplorable conditions the settlers endured under British rule, far too numerous to cite here, but in total are described thusly, "But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a Design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their Right, it is their Duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future Security." On review of that long list of oppressive abuses, one comes to realize that we are experiencing many similar oppressive abuses from government today.
The Founding Fathers gave us a republic, of the people, by the people, and for the people. I don't find the word democracy in any of the founding documents. Yet, media, politicians and educators have used the term until we have become that, ignoring all the lessons of the past. Someone, paraphrasing, observed that what we learn from history is that we don't learn anything, and failing to learn, we are bound to repeat it.
In 1801, Sir Alec Fraser Tytler made the following observation that rings with truth, the identical circumstances we find ourselves in today. "A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largess (benefits) from the public treasury. From that time on the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury (socialism) with the results that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, (read entitlements and national debt), always followed by a dictatorship." Karl Marx labeled democracy as the road to socialism. Thomas Jefferson defined democracy as "nothing more than mob rule, where 51 percent of the people may take away the rights of the other 49." Respected statesman Winston Churchill opined that socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy; its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery. Lenin declared, "Democracy is indispensable to socialism. The goal of socialism is communism."
How did we as a nation get on this road to self-destruction? The old nemesis that has plagued mankind since the beginning of life, unrestrained greed, defined as an acquisitive desire beyond reason, an inherent trait we are born with. It is a necessary trait, which gives man the incentive to make life better. However, greed has no limitations, and in order to remain a civilized society, it must be restrained and kept in bounds by laws. As a nation we are now 225 years old. The average age of the great nations before us has been 200 years. Are we destined to self-destruction as all those great nations before us?
Is patriotism, the love of country dead? Today, much emphasis is placed on educating, but one must ask, are we educating or brainwashing? It has long been recognized that the final test of education and of character lies in devotion to country. Today, where do we see evidence of devotion to country except in our military? Certainly not from media, that watchdog institution the Founders thought would keep people truthfully informed. Instead, mass media appear to be as Lenin noted, "a collective propagandist and a collective agitator, and also a collective organizer of the masses." Khrushchev declared, "The press is our chief ideological weapon." Who is enjoying greater prosperity today than media? How much longer before we perish due to ignorance?
-- Grady Mullins