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Our wake up call

October 11, 2012
The Daily News


In 1887 Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor, had this to say,

"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 vote 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 dictatorship."

Benjamin Franklin said "I am apprehensive that the government in future times ends in a monarchy. But this catastrophe, I think may be long delayed, if in our proposed system we do not sow the seeds of contention, faction, and tumult."

A recent letter by Rich Moore, of Iron Mountain, told a story of a charismatic, eloquent man, Adolph Hitler. How was one man able to fool a society of advanced intelligent people. The German people woke up too late. This election in America is our wake up call.

Robert Traist Sr.




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