A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can exist only until the voters discover they can vote themselves largess (defined as a liberal gift) out of the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidate promising the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that democracy always collapses over a loose fiscal policy, always to be followed by a dictatorship
What this means is that democracy isn't permanent in nature. It cannot exist as a form of government permanently. A democracy will exist until the time that voters realize they can give themselves generous gifts from the public fisc. Literally, from that moment, the majority will always vote and elect those candidates who promise to give to the electorate the most benefits from the public treasury. The end result is that every democracy will finally collapse due to corrupt fiscal policy. This is always followed by a dictatorship. That's what has occur ed in Venezuela, and it is in it's opening stages here. Throughout history, the average age of the world's best civilizations from the beginning of recorded history has been roughly 200-250 years. During those years, these civilisations have always progressed through this 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.
We are now in the realm of abundance to complacency...we have elected a group of legislators who are literally robbing our grand/great grand children's pockets in order to give "bread and circuses" now. They have chosen to be completely irresponsible, spending money we don't have, as a way to avoid raising taxes to pay for all they goodies they think we need to have. Unfortunately, when they wipe out our ability to borrow, the crash will come...
I used to think that the "crash" was 20 years off...but now, I believe that it is only a few years off. The Democratically led Congress seems hell-bound to wreck our economy this year. Between seizing control of the financial sector last fall, the automobile industry (which they then turned over to UAW-their labour union cronies), and now their blatant attempt to gather in the health insurance/health care industry (1/6th of our economy). Once "Cap & Trade" is enacted in the next few weeks (your electric bills will gain more than $1,700.00 per household), they will have turned a deep recession into an all out depression.
This depression will then rapidly spread to the rest of the world. Once we (the most productive country in the world) stop producing, much less buying the products of the rest of the world...things will come to a halt. Unfortunately, this coming economic train wreck will be far worse than the "Great Depression" of the 1930's and 1940's. But I strongly suspect, that this is what the far-left desires.