A comment by kevino on The Frogman's Prophecies
Bravo, and well said, Sir!
I do fear that our fragile republic is going down. Demographics is against us. No, I’m not talking about the rise of young voters or Latino voters. I’m talking about the rise of stupid voters. In poll after poll, 65-70% of Americans believed that they were on the wrong path. And last week, the majority voted to continue down that path. Many know that the path is unsustainable, but they don’t care. The majority voted out of fear and revenge—not love of country, and they do not understand the importance of freedom and self reliance.
And I do not use the word “stupid” lightly. There is a difference between ignorance and stupidity: ignorance is curable. As you correctly stated, the proof is all around us. For years, liberals routinely state that the US needs to more more like Europe. It should be very clear that being like Europe is a bad idea.
We need to talk to these stupid, selfish people about why the path that they have chosen is not sustainable. We have to cut through decades of mainstream medium propaganda and public education. I’m not sure it can be done. I’m quite sure that the leadership of the GOP can’t.
“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 (possibly Alexander Tyler)