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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Predictions of America's failure coming true.

Since America's inception as a nation,  there have been many learned people from the Old World who thought it could not succeed.  Their  basic premise is that "ordinary" people can't govern themselves because they are dedicated only to self interest and can only bicker, backbite, bitch, and prosecute their contempt and hatred of other people.  British writer Thomas Carlyle commented often on the inability of ordinary people to form a workable government.  He thought democracy was self-defeating:

Democracy will prevail when men believe the vote of Judas as good as that of Jesus Christ.

He thought that our form of government would eventually fall into the dysfunction we are currently experiencing:

Only perhaps in the United States, which alone of countries can do without
governing, every man being at least able to live, and move off into the wilderness, let Congress jargon as it will, can such a form of so-called Government continue for any length of time to torment men with the semblance, when the indispensable substance is not there.
 The government people get is the government they want and deserve:

In the long-run every Government is the exact symbol of its People, with their wisdom and unwisdom; we have to say, Like People like Government.

It has taken us taken us 238 years, but we have finally fulfilled the predictions of those who didn't think we were capable of making democracy work. 




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