I am going to finally "talk politics" - but only in a quote by a very neutral party from a very long time ago. I'm not going to tell you the radio show that I heard this quote on, it might spin it and shade it in a certain light - and I don't want to do that - I just want the quote to speak for itself.
(Disclaimer: This show that I got the quote from, is not even a show that I listen to with regularity, the host of this show drives me crazy with his "chicken little, the sky is falling" approach - so if you have recognized this quote, just know that I don't always agree with that guy...) Your curiosity is killing you now isn't it.
"A democracy is always temporary in nature. It cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time the voter 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 world's greatest civilizations from the beginning of history has been about 200 years. During those 200 years civilizations have always progressed through the following 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."
- Lord Alexander Tytler, 1770s
This quote totally sums up what my head has been thinking for quite awhile now and from my view it is the road we are heading down now....I'm not quite sure where I think we are at on that progression (or digression, depending on your perspective) but probably somewhere in the complacency/apathy/bordering on dependence area.
When we continue to look to our government for a hand-out or a social program every time a need arises we basically are saying goodbye to the self-reliant, focused responsibility, and statehood of our forefathers. But that's just my opinion....so who do you want your dictator to be? Yeah, I'd rather not think about it either.