So again I ask. We all have ideas as to what should happen or what should not have happened to get us here. My question now is what do you think is going to happen, given our current unsustainable direction both politically and economically. With the huge influx or retries getting out of the workforce and going on the SS dole it surly won't be long before we find out.
BTW Democracy, Constitutional Republic, etc are just parsing of words. When we gave all the right to vote we moved to a democratic form of government if only in the way we select our leaders. which of course defines direction. The main difference between a true democracy and a republic is that in a republic laws are supposed to be created to protect the minorities as opposed to all rules being created to make the majority happy. With the majority no longer contributing (tax wise) to the finances of government who are the minorities now? With millions retiring soon who will be the minorities in the future. Where will this take our form of government?
hence the "tea party". an awakening of the contributing masses, silent majority, conservatives from many diverse back grounds. get involved!
Maybe this true. Alexander Tyler in 1787 said, "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 that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes 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." We've let the career politicians sell too many people on the idea of a gift from our treasury so they can secure their job.
Only 22 democratic governments have existed for over 50 years in the world's history (from Miracle of Freedom by the Stewart brothers) We have 230+ years and I hope it can survive.
We are not a democracy we are a republic!!!!
Republic vs. Democracy
You know if you go to a library and look at Time and Newsweek magazines from the 1960s (to pick an arbitrary starting point) on forward, or look at NYTimes newspaper stories and editorials again over several decades of time, you might find that everyone in each era thought there were intractable problems and we were doomed.
We were called, "the sick society," at one point. We were certain we would be destroyed by nuclear calamity. Influx of Japanese investment was going to do us in. It was said they were about to own us.
Guess what, if you sit down with these old magazines and read them, most of the stories are hilarious when looked at from our present vantage point. Many of our worries were utterly fanciful.
We have our problems and always will. Big deal. That's life.
We will continue despite ourselves, we will continue to stagger along and adapt, we will survive in the world, and continue in one form or another of our Republic. We are still one of the largest, most successful economies in the world, we are still a magnet for those seeking a life free of discrimination and tyranny and other ills, and we will be so for the foreseeable future. We will change in some minor fashions? Probably yes, but I would argue the changes to be minor in the grand scheme, that is, on a national scale.
WE ARE SUPPOSED TO BE A CONSTITUTIONAL REPUBLIC, not a DEMOCRACY.
However we have allowed this country to turn into a Democracy... and I am sorry Maverick, but a Constitutional Republic and Democracy are not a parsng of words, and are much more differant than you suggest in your post...
This country is slowly but surely turning Socialist, and yet many Americans do not believe that.. But thats the truth,anyone who has spent time overseas, knows that all the countries wonder why Americans are so stupid and dont see that we are turning slowly into a socialist state...
What I'm personally seeing is more and more disagreements between states and federal control. I'm even seeing break downs in policies within states. Northern vs. Southern California, Wisconsin, just to name a couple. I think that at some point states will begin to ignore federal authority. will not defer to federal court decisions. will maintain their own direction with respect to many issues they feel are critical to their own safety and best interests. Federal Governments will in turn move in to take over but then more states will follow suit and as this moves forward federal government control will become less and less of a factor. With a majority of states no longer deferring to federal control a new type of federal government more in tune to states rights will have to be formed. This could be a slow and even sometimes bloody process but time will tell. This forming of a new federal government would be a hopeful best result. other possibilities much more disastrous could also be in the realm of possibility.