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At about the time our original 13 states adopted their new constitution in 1787, Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinboro, had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic, some 2,000 years prior:

“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 over 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, these nations always progressed through the following 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.

Professor Joseph Olson of Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota, points out some interesting facts concerning the most recent Presidential election:
     Population of counties won by Gore 127 million, Bush 143 million;
     Square miles of land won by Gore 580,000, Bush 2,427,000
     States won by Gore 19, Bush 29
     Murders per 100,000 population in counties won by Gore 13.2, Bush 2.1.
He 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 encompassed those citizens living in government owned tenements and living off government welfare,”

Olson believes the U.S. is now somewhere between the apathy and the complacency phase of Professor Tyler's definition of democracy; with some 40 percent of the nation's population already having reached the governmental dependency phase.

And, Olson adds, the last gasp of any country has been when marriage and the family have taken a back seat to other sexual interests — as witness Rome - one of the greatest and most-wide spread governments.

Another sign of the end, he says, is the lack of true spiritual interest where the God of the Bible and His ways are replaced by man's thinking and his own ways.

Wake up, Americans. The bell is tolling loud and clear and it tolls for thee.