Skip to comments.Jim Geraghty and Alexis de Tocqueville on the 47 percent
Posted on 09/18/2012 6:04:16 PM PDT by CaptainKrunch
The concept of an unchecked entitlement state is anything but new:
"A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been 200 years." -―Alexis de Tocqueville
(Excerpt) Read more at directorblue.blogspot.com ...
I’ve seen that prescient quote attributed to both Alexis de Tocqueville and also to a Scotsman named Alexander Fraser Tytle.
Does someone here know who actually wrote it?
Republicans and Democrats have been guilty of buying votes by promising FREE STUFF to potential voters according to the dictate of Karl Marx: From each according to his ability, to each according to his need. This has led to a Polarized America. This polarization has increased as the number of those with ability has decreased and the number of those with needs has increased.
I call it the Federal Welfare Entitlement Plantation.
I’ve heard Cicero!!
A huge chunk of that 47% are social security people.
That is the 65 and older bunch, the ONLY age group that voted against Obama, and by a WIDE margin.
One thing for sure, with this clown currently in office, we're dancing on the edge of a knife...
Speaking of Marcus Tullius, something like this might entertain me if 0 got re-elected (spit). A level above "You lie"...
DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA
Alexis De Tocquevillle
Edited and abridged by
Richard D. Heffner
A MENTOR Book
Published by Penguin Group
In the edited version, the quote is attributed to De Tocqueville himself. I can’t find the page number offhand. I bought the book st Newt’s recommendation, when Gingrich was at his peak of influence, after delivering the historic take over of the House. My copy is paperback, small, roughly 300 pages small print. Notable, sitting here perusing it, that Obama must have read it as a primer for how and what to dismantle in America. The f-a-m-i-l-y.
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