Thursday, March 16, 2006

Communication is Important

by Steve Ray on March 16, 2006

Kinda funny video clip.


Schedule Update

by Steve Ray on March 16, 2006

Yesterday and today I spent in Naples Florida (way too hot for my liking) at the Ave Maria Foundation Board meeting. I also visited Steve Beal of Legatus to plan our Legatus Pilgrimage to the Holy Land in October.

Right now I am in the Ft. Myers airport using the public wi-fi. When I get to Detroit in a couple hours, Roy Schoeman will be waiting for me at the airport and Mark Shea and Rod Bennet will aleady by at my house. The next two days will be spent hashing out ideas and plans for our next script — for our documentary: The Apostolic Fathers, Handing on the Faith.

If you live in Michigan — don't forget our Apologetics Conference north of Lansing.


Lifespan of a Democracy/Republic

by Steve Ray on March 16, 2006

The United States is a Republic – but I think you will get the point!

How Long Do We Have?

About the time our original 13 states adopted their new constitution, in 1787, Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh, had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years prior:

"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 votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship."

"The average age of the worlds greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:

1.  From bondage to spiritual faith;

2.  From spiritual faith to great courage;

3.  From courage to liberty;

4.  From liberty to abundance;

5.  From abundance to complacency;

6.  From complacency to apathy;

7.  From apathy to dependence;

8.  From dependence back into bondage ."

Professor Joseph Olson of Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul,
Minnesota, points out some interesting facts concerning the 2000
Presidential election:

Population of counties won by: Gore: 127 million;  Bush: 143 million;

Square miles of land won by: Gore: 580,000; Bush: 2,427,000

States won by: Gore: 19 Bush: 29

Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by: Gore: 13.2 Bush: 2.1

Professor Olson adds: "In aggregate, the map of the territory Bush won was mostly the land owned by the tax-paying citizens of this great country. Gore's territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in government-owned tenements and living off government welfare…"

Olson believes the United States is now somewhere between the "complacency and apathy" phase of Professor Tyler's definition of democracy, with some 40 percent of the nation's population already having reached the "governmental dependency" phase.

Pass this along to help everyone realize just how much is at stake, knowing that apathy is the greatest danger to our freedom.