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July 4, 2011

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Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Christopher Bellavita on July 4, 2011


The story — even if not true — is well known:

Benjamin Franklin was coming out of the Constitutional Convention when a woman asked him, “Mr. Franklin, what kind of government have you given us?”

“A republic Ma’am,” said Franklin, “if you can keep it.”



Fast forward — in a manner of speaking — to 1818:

I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: “Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
`My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!’
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away”.

— Percy Bysshe Shelley


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Comment by William R. Cumming

July 4, 2011 @ 4:02 pm

WOW! Interesting interpretation of analysis and poetry.

My view of US is simple issuance of a declaration of independence from the lobbyists that control the fate of US might be a start. Just substitute in Declaration of Independence “lobbyist” for terms in that document relating to royalty and its mischief and deed will be done. People can sign on or not.

Comment by Our Beloved Republic!

July 5, 2011 @ 1:41 am

I second the motion for William clearly see the reason why we will fail, these great United States of America, our beloved Republic!

Take your number now, the soup lines will twist and turn around the corners….

Christopher Tingus
Main Street USA

Comment by Donald Quixote

July 5, 2011 @ 8:23 am

Although the quote below has been attributed to several persons and may be a combination of several quotes and great thoughts, it does provoke thought and concern in our current environment.

“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 the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over lousy fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average of the world’s great civilizations before they decline has been 200 years. These nations have progressed in this sequence: From bondage to spiritual faith; from 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 again to bondage”.

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