I saw this on a friend’s blog this morning and thought that I should take a day off from my own greed of advertising my books to post it.
It is being touted that if Donald Trump wins the republican nomination that it will be the end of the republican party. Personally I am not sure that would not be a good thing. The republican party has been a joke for years. While they have been talking fiscal responsibility for years they continue to follow the democratic party in raising the debt ceiling year after year without much of a fight. Perhaps we need to have a new party led by an outsider to balance the greed of the democrats.
What I am more worried about is whether we have reached the point where our way of life will soon be over. With the election of either Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders we will be open for eight more years of unbridled spending. We have already reached the point where there is no way we can ever pay down the debt. I was just hoping that we could slow the trend enough to put off bankruptcy for enough years that I would not be alive to see the end.
When the United States was just being formed Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor wrote that democracies were all doomed to failure. Here is his quote:
“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.”
During the last presidential election Mitt Romney inadvertently warned that we had reached that point when he said that 47 percent of the people would never vote for him because of their greed. The election results proved him right. Even though Obama was seen as the worst president in the history of our nation he was elected by a landslide.
Now we have one last chance to turn the tide. A Clinton victory in the fall would be a disaster but I see no way enough people will put aside their greed to avoid it.