Alexander Tyler Fraser (1748-1813 observed, “A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves money from the Public Treasury. From that moment on the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the Public Treasury with a result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy and is always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years. The nations have progressed through the following sequence—

*From bondage to spiritual faith

*From spiritual 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 to bondage.”

In the end, republics established on the principle of freedom, lapse back into the bondage from which they arose. Why? Human sin is controlling. Humanity is too sinful to preserve liberty! Therefore, our hope and trust must always be in the Lord.