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The Life Cycle of a Nation

This article was originally posted after the Election in 2008 by Dr. Ignatius Piazza .

Our Founding Fathers were collectively the brightest, wealthiest, and most powerful men of their era. They risked everything they had by declaring their independence from what was, at that time, the greatest military and economic power in the world.

Quite frankly, we have not had such intellect, innovation, and “testicular fortitude” at the helm of our country since then, and I believe will never see men of such strong backbone in our government again.

Just over 200 years later, England is a shadow of its past world dominance and the United States has fallen so far away from the country our forefathers created for us that they would shed tears of dismay if they could walk among us today.

History provides a road map of where the US is heading…

Is our demise inevitable?

No, but ONLY if we study the past and make the difficult, yet proper, decisions to prevent history from repeating itself in our country as it has done with every group of people before us, from every culture imaginable.

Consider this:

About the time our original thirteen 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 earlier:

  • ‘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 they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury.’
  • ‘From that moment on, the majority always vote 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, those 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.

  • So where are we, citizens of the United States, in the historically proven Life Cycle of Nations?

    Our latest election only confirms our downward spiral to be someplace on this ladder between step 5 and step 7. I was hoping we could avoid hitting bottom, but the fractured face of the groups in opposition to Obama failed to congeal behind Mitt Romney. Until We-the-People decide who we are and what our priorities are, we are in a free fall back into the kind of bondage that inspired our Founders to Revolt. Be that as it is, we have to find our North Star! We must see through the fog of misconceptions and deliberate deceptions and fan the flames of the FREEDOM that issue only from the hand of God.

    Freedom inspires us to follow the dream within us. Freedom motivates us to find our purpose in making a product or providing a service to our fellow man because Freedom allows us to care for one another for real! Freedom is outwardly focused. This Freedom is God’s idea. It’s the Freedom endowed on all mankind that no government on earth can thwart or replace. This is what we must rediscover … and re-value.