As the pivotal November election nears, consider these words of the late author, Robert A. Heinlein:

“The America of my time line is a laboratory example of what can happen to democracies, what has eventually happened to all perfect democracies throughout all histories. A perfect democracy, a ‘warm body’ democracy in which every adult may vote and all votes count equally, has no internal feedback for self-correction. It depends solely on the wisdom and self-restraint of citizens ... which is opposed by the folly and lack of self-restraint of other citizens. What is supposed to happen in a democracy is that sovereign citizens will always vote in the public interest for the safety and welfare of all. But what does happen is that they vote their own self-interest as they see it ... which for the majority translates as bread and circuses.

“Bread and circuses is the cancer of democracy, the fatal disease for which there is no cure. Democracy often works beautifully at first. But once a state extends the franchise to every warm body, whether producer or parasite, that day marks the beginning of the end of the state.

“For when the plebs discover that they can vote themselves bread and circuses without limit and that the productive members of the body politic cannot stop them, they will do so, until the state bleeds to death, or in its weakened condition the state succumbs to an invader –the barbarians enter Rome.”

Democrats have nothing to offer but bread and circuses.

Mark Sherbine


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