Ideas by Force

     Democracy, or any other idea, is incapable of being spread by force. Force only sows the seeds of discontent. Any ideas spread by force only serve to associate that idea with force and violence in the hearts and minds of those oppressed or aggressed upon. Why would we want to associate an idea that we think is worth spreading with aggression and violence? 

    Besides, democracy is not an ideal we should be hoping to spread. Popular vote is as likely a path to tyranny as an absolute dictator. Alexander Tyler said “A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising them the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over a louse fiscal responsibility, always followed by a dictatorship. The average of the world’s great civilizations before they decline has been 200 years. These nations have progressed in this sequence: From bondage to spiritual faith; from spiritual faith to great courage; from courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance; from abundance to selfishness; from selfishness to complacency; from complacency to apathy; from apathy to dependency; from dependency back again to bondage.” Our country was founded on Federal Republicanism and is a better guarantor of liberty than democracy could ever hope to be.

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