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Do you realize that a great republic, Greece provided a great degree of freedom and a high standard of living but it vanished? Rome came along with a great republic. Roman citizenship was cherished – yes, it was sought, it was bought. But Rome, falling into the throes of cheap politics, began to tax everything that could be taxed and to regulate everything that could be regulated – even to the load that could be carried on an ass. And what was the result? They began to put names on the public payroll until a third of the citizens of Rome were on the national payroll, and that republic collapsed... The empire fell – and great was the fall thereof. It ushered in a period known as the Dark Ages, lasting a thousand years. Should our American private free-enterprise system fall, what will be the result?

Channing Pollock observed that most democracies last for about two hundred years. The are conceived and developed by simple, vigorous, idealistic, hard-working people who, unfortunately, with success become rich and decadent, learn to live without labor, depend more on the largess of big government, and end by trading domestic tyrants for foreign tyrants.

Even among free nations we see the encroachment of government upon the lives of the citizenry by excessive taxation and regulation, all done under the guise that the people would not willfully or charitably distribute their wealth, so the government must take it from them. We further observe promises by the state of security, whereby men are taken care of from the womb to the tomb rather than earning this security by the ‘sweat of their brow’; deception in high places, with the justification that ‘the end justifies the means’; atheism; agnosticism; immorality; and dishonesty. The attendant results of such sin and usurpation of power lead to a general distrust of government officials, an insatiable, covetous spirit for more and more material wants, personal debt to satisfy this craving, and the disintegration of the family unit.
Author: Ezra Taft Benson, Source: The Teachings Of Ezra Taft Benson, p. 696-697Saved by cboyack in politics tyranny rome security labor economy taxes republic greece demoracy 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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