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Program Name : Fall of the Republic
Category : Politics & Issues
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This July 4th, America will celebrate its 236th birthday. Many of us wonder, given the nature of our recent slide into godless depravity, socialism, and encroaching tyranny, just how much longer our republic may continue to exist. We may find clues in a quote attributed to Scottish history professor Alexander Tytler of the University of Edinburgh, about the fall of the Athenian Republic.

"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 over 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, these nations 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."

Tytler's observations lead us to raise some critical questions. Will the Athenian cycle of history be broken in our generation? Can bondage for Americans be avoided? Have we learned the difficult lessons of the past? Are national repentance and restoration likely to reshape our future, and can they still function in time? It seems our national fate will be determined, in large part, by how Americans choose to respond to this historic challenge. We must do so individually, corporately, and upon our knees, for, as Alexander Tytler noted, it is the restoration of spiritual faith that leads to courage, liberty, and abundance. One thing cannot be denied. America's clock is ticking.
Total Duration : 2 Minutes
fall of the republic republic America tyranny Scottish history professor Alexander Tyler university Edinburgh fall Athenian democracy bondage American united states constitution liberty spiritual faith courage abundance complacency apathy dependence producer josh wade narrator todd Beazley Educational