The obituary for the United States

By Ron Daugherty

Forget stock market numbers played by merely 1 percent of U.S. investors within our population. Ignore deceptive real estate trends, and your comfortable retirement savings with a 95 percent loss from each dollar gathered. Pray daily for your children, grand- and great-grand children. They understand not what lies before their futures. Don’t value out-of-control governments in any form, nor your questionably reliable employment, or your good or poor health. Disregard gross disinformation pumped into the nation daily. Relate proven history to the present time America. Frightfully, our proverbial clock continues ticking. In silence…read our obituary.
As a lifelong educator and student of history during specifically two trips into family homeland, Ireland, I discovered Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor from the University of Edinburgh, who in 1887 (America then only a 111-year-young nation) quietly described the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000-years prior, a Democracy. Nonetheless, Tyler’s projections drew little response back when. Now his relevance haunts.
The following are excerpts from his study findings:
“Democracy is always temporary in nature. It simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. Democracy does however continue to exist until the time voters discover that they can vote on and select for themselves generous gifts from the ‘public treasury.’ From that moment on, the majority consistently votes for candidates who promise the most benefits from that seemingly endless treasury, with a result that every democracy finally collapses over loose fiscal policy (which is) followed by introductions and varieties of dictatorship….”
“Thus far,” Professor Alexander Tyler continues, “the average age of the world’s supreme, most productive civilizations from the beginning of noted history has been around 200-years. During those years, nations progressed through the following sequence of momentous periods of challenge…:
From bondage into spiritual faith.
Spiritual faith to relentless courage.
From courage into liberty.
From liberty to abundance.
Then from abundance into complacency.
Complacency into apathy.
From apathy to social dependence.
As it follows, from dependency returning into bondage which occurs generally within a brief 200 emergent years….”

Like it or not, recognize it or not, accept it or not, such is our national obituary: Born 1776. Died by 2013….
Consider, for further proof, a historian within present time, Professor Joseph Olson at Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota, believes the United States is presently somewhere between the “complacency into apathy” phase. Professor Olson adds “that 45 percent of the nation’s population has already reached a governmental dependency phase.” President Obama and Congress added more reliant folks during the last four-and-a-half years, and continue to do so.
To seal our federal coffin, factually, and I truly hope we’re wrong, should Congress ultimately grant amnesty and citizenship to another 20 million criminal invaders (indeed considered criminal invaders! — exercising voting rights) then bow your heads and tearfully whisper goodbye to the USA in perhaps fewer than five years.
If you favor such historically relevant succession of civilization, and don’t learn from history, then simply sit, do nothing but await inevitable termination.
But should you understand what’s before U.S. citizenry, please know that satanic apathy is the utmost danger confronting our collective freedoms as we know them under the Constitution. And ultimately realize that we’re in an eve of senseless oblivion. History is truth.

Ron Dean Daugherty of Pocatello is an author, specialty magazine contributor, past small-business owner, and now retired educator/administrator within regular and special learning programs. Feel free to share your comments and/or feedback at