“I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.” — Winston Churchill
A Democracy – For How Long?
Here are some things to think about…
How long can the USA continue as a nation?
“HOW LONG DO WE HAVE?
This is the most interesting thing I’ve read in a long time. The sad thing about it, you can see it coming.I have always heard about this democracy countdown. It is interesting to see it in print. God help us, not that we deserve it.
How Long Do We Have? About the time our original thirteen states adopted their new constitution in 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 earlier:”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 they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury.””From that moment on, the majority always vote 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 world’s greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years”
“During those 200 years, those nations always progressed through the following sequence:
1. From bondage to spiritual faith;
2. From spiritual faith to great courage;
3. From courage to liberty;
4. From liberty to abundance;
5. From abundance to complacency;
6. From complacency to apathy;
7. From apathy to dependence;
8. From dependence back into bondage”
Professor Joseph Olson of Hemline University School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota, points out some interesting facts concerning the 2000 Presidential election:
Number of States won by:
Square miles of land won by:
Population of counties won by:
Gore: 127 million
Bush: 143 million
Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by:
Professor Olson adds: “In aggregate, the map of the territory Bush won was mostly the land owned by the taxpaying citizens of this great country. Gore’s territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in government-owned tenements and living off various forms of government welfare…”
Olson believes the United States is now somewhere between the “complacency and apathy” phase of Professor Tyler’s definition of democracy, with some forty percent of the nation’s population already having reached the “governmental dependency” phase.If Congress grants amnesty and citizenship to twenty million criminal invaders called illegal and they vote, then we can say goodbye to the USA in fewer than five years.”
How long do we have as a nation? Only God knows. We do however need to be in much prayer and be diligent to get to the voting booth on election day, and always let our voice be heard.
My Thoughts from the banks of Flat Creek,
A War Hero
Giving Praise to Whom Praise Belongs
Remembering a Patriot and a Man of God
This is from May 16, 2007
A Patriot Has Died
The posts I will be sharing in the next few days are from another blog I started in 2007. I moved it to wordpress as a blog by the same name. I am endeavoring to downsize so I am moving this one through a copy and paste method. From April 19, 2007.
Declaration of Independence
Hi everyone. I am praying for us as citizens of the U. S. of A. to realize and celebrate one of the most God blessed nations in the world. For 242 years now we have been a nation, and only by the grace of God can we continue as a nation in independence and freedom from tyranny or anarchy. Here is our Declaration of Independence adopted July 4, 1776,
Enjoy celebrating our liberty as this Nation has for these numerous year; but be safe, and always look to the Creator who has designed and made all things. His name is Jesus (John 1:1-5; Colossians 1:15-18).
From the banks of Flat Creek,
The Top Five Reasons to Vote for President Obama
With the election coming up in a couple of months I thought I might look at some reasons one should vote for Obama.
The number one reason I thought of is economical, and has to do with the fact that he is already in office, so why waste another 200, 000 or more per year on retired Presidents salary. I mean if we elect Romney, President Obama will still be getting an income from the American people, why not make him earn it?
The second reason I can think of is that the man likes going around making speeches, and turning peoples eyes upon himself. He must really be an important fellow who demands such respect, and awe in the hearts and minds of those who adore him. His promises are as good as his word; and we know how good that really is.
My third reason to vote for the President is because he wants to divide the wealth of our nation. Under his ideas the rich will stop getting richer; the poor will stop getting poorer; and I am really sure that there will be more food on everyone’s tables, more gas in our cars, and more coal, oil, and electrical production. Who among us would not like to have the same wealth as Bill Gates, Donald Trump, or the WalMart family? Is that the way his ideas would work?
The fourth reason would be because he is such a good family man. He is for everyone having the right to marry, even two men or two women. I am that sure eventually he would be in favor of a man or woman marrying their own son or daughter; or their own sibling. Is there anything wrong with that?
Sorry about the title; but I could not think of any more reasons to vote for President Obama in November.
It is the Fourth of July…
…Once again. It is wonderful to remember the birth of our Nation, her heroes, her victories, and even her failures. Yes we have had some failures, and hopefully we will or have learned from them; though I am not so sure about the D.C.er’s . That could mean Debilitated Criminals or it could be District of Columbia. You take your pick.
We will be gathering in a few hours down at the Ole Swimming Hole of the Blankenship family, along the banks of Flat Creek; not quite one half mile, down stream from our house.
Last July I wrote a post about “Survival” and told you I had a rifle and knew how to use it, but I did not have a four wheel drive or a shotgun. Well, now I have a four wheel drive, and I someday I will get a shotgun. With God’s help and by His grace we survive whatever evil, the devil, the world, and the chastisement of the LORD comes our way.
Have a wonderful celebration today. Remember from whence you came, and from whence your freedom came. Thank the LORD for our soldiers, who have fought, bled and died that we might be free; however, even more thank the LORD for giving us FREEDOM.
What a Wonderful Day
Every day is a wonderful day, however, today is wonderful because we are celebrating the 235th anniversary of the United States of America, and freedom from Great Britain.
I am thankful to Almighty GOD for raising up such a nation as this. A nation free to believe in God, or not believe if that’s what one desires. If you choose, however, not to believe in GOD please don’t think you have the right to stop me from believing, and I won’t believe that I have the right to stop you from believing what you do. We also have the right to debate, discuss, and even argue vigorously over our beliefs, without attacking one another verbally or physically.
For 235 years this nation has lived by the grace of God. She will only continue by that same grace of God. Oh, how we need His mercy; and we have it. Oh, how we need His grace; and we have that as well. Let us rejoice in God’s grace and mercy today, thanking Him for the blessings He has bestowed upon us.
Since I last posted Winter has arrived, and in some parts of our Nation, with a vengeance. We have had a bit of cold weather, into the lower teens, but that isn’t too bad. Besides that it didn’t hang on and last forever. The longest spell of below freezing we have had was about three days, and that was just at the beginning of January. I am, however, already looking forward to Spring.
I went to the cardiologist in early December to have him tell me that the EKG showed “no significant sign of a problem”. I do have an appointment to return on the twenty third of January for and ECG.
The family and I had a wonderful Christmas. The wife and I’s kids went together got us a Crossley entertainment cabinet. It is an old style look radio, with CD player, audio cassette player, and turntable for 33, 45’s and 78 records. That was a really pleasant surprise and gift for us. We have been enjoying it.
Back before Christmas the Eastern part of Southern Missouri was hit pretty hard with an icestorm, which left a lot of people in the Joplin area without power, no lights, no heat, no television (Oh no!). Our son James and his wife Amber were in the thick of that, and were without power for about 9 days. They did get to come for Christmas. Their power was on shortly before that.
On Tuesday a friend and I went to Branson to see a mutual friend in the Skaggs Hospital there. As we were about to get off the elevator on the floor he was on, my cell phone rang, and it was my sister Judy. “Guess what Dad just did”, she said. I said, “I wouldn’t have a clue”. She said, “He rolled his truck”. My answer to that was, “WHAT?!”, and I know I placed a question mark and an exclamation mark after that, because I am not sure which it was. Yes, he had rolled his old blue Ford pickup truck. He wasn’t injured any, except maybe his pride. Evidently he has experienced no pain from bruising or anything either. He has been trying to get used to a prosthesis on his right leg. That may have played some part in the incident. It also was on the farm away from any major roads.
At the beginning of this week, Tuesday evening and into the early hours of Wednesday morning there was a consistent storm of tornadic activity hitting in the Northwestern part of Barry County. We live in middle Eastern part of the said County. That storm is very hard to describe. It took a path in a straight line. One tornado warning would come to a town, and then after it passed another one on the same path would be right behind it. Homes, businesses, and some lives were taken in areas further from us.
Near 3 a.m. my wife and I were awakened by a strong straight wind. It was near time for me to get up for the day, so I just got up, and Madge went back to bed. The wind died down and everything proceeded as normal the rest of the day, at least for us. May the Lord help those who were touched and harmed by this storm, and especially those who lost loved ones.
There is no one who is not touched by some sort of storm in their lives. If they are not presently they shortly will be.
“If I never had a problem, how could I know that God could solve them.” Isn’t that in a good old song or something.