Written by Opinion Tuesday, October 23, 2012 11:04 am
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To the editor:
I wish to take issue with some Democrat talking points in Sidney Stern's letter in the Oct. 18 edition of the paper.
In his letter, he purports to quote Mitch McConnell as saying, in essence the only job is to make sure Obama isn't re-elected. Mr. Stern conveniently leaves out the rest of McConnell's comment, which was he doesn't want Obama to fail, but wants him to change. Bill Clinton, Obama's support system, managed to change to a centrist during his term. McConnell wanted a similar change from Obama.
Read Bob Woodward's new book, "the Price of Politics", for the full story.
Likewise, the 47 percent quote didn't refer to not caring about them, but not campaigning for their vote, as in all likelihood, they were locked into Obama's massive welfare agenda. This is not a new idea. See the quote below.
"A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves money from the public treasure. From that moment on the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most money from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's great civilizations has been two hundred years. These nations have 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 selfishness, from selfishness to complacency from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependency, from dependency back to bondage."
From Alexander Tyler. No, he wasn't writing about the United States. This quote is well over one hundred years old. Tyler was writing about the fall of the Athenian Republic.