More Mallard Fillmore

Posted: October 20, 2012 in Election 2012, Humor, Miscellany, Politics

 

http://jewishworldreview.com/strips/mallard/2000/mallard081312.asp

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  1. Ed Darrell says:

    The Obama campaign has been brilliant over the past six years for identifying the sad fact that people on welfare, recipients of government aid, tend NOT TO VOTE. I’m sure the cartoonist was unaware than his cartoon flies in the face of reality.

    • saneromeo says:

      “The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.”
      ― Alexis de Tocqueville

      • saneromeo says:

        “A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years.”
        ― Alexis de Tocqueville

      • Ed Darrell says:

        Yeah, see, here’s the problem: Even your aphorisms are not what they claim to be.

        Have you read de Tocqueville? Which chapter do you think that came out of?

        Wikiquotes sources the misattribution of the quote:

        The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.

        This is a variant expression of a sentiment which is often attributed to Tocqueville or Alexander Fraser Tytler, but the earliest known occurrence is as an unsourced attribution to Tytler in “This is the Hard Core of Freedom” by Elmer T. Peterson in The Daily Oklahoman (9 December 1951): “A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the majority discovers it can vote itself largess out of the public treasury. After that, the majority always votes for the candidate promising the most benefits with the result the democracy collapses because of the loose fiscal policy ensuing, always to be followed by a dictatorship, then a monarchy.”
        Variant: The American Republic will endure, until politicians realize they can bribe the people with their own money.

        Who in the world was Elmer T. Peterson, and why should we take his word? Why is it necessary to invent a false attribution for the quote, if it is true? Are you on the take? Are you looking for a bribe from Congress? Are the readers of your blog looking for bribes? Why would you think that quote to have any tether in reality?

      • Ed Darrell says:

        I think Kin Hubbard pegged the anti-Agenda 21 movement perfectly:

        It isn’t what we don’t know that gives us trouble, it’s what we know that ain’t so.

        See more here: http://timpanogos.wordpress.com/2011/10/15/quote-of-the-moment-trouble-from-what-we-know-that-aint-so/

        People opposing Agenda 21 know a lot, that simply is not so.

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