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    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.... Once a state extends the franchise to every warm body, be he 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.
   ~~~ (Robert A. Heinlein) - To Sail Beyond the Sunset

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Mark de LA says
See also 153349027 ; 10613 & 13795 for why this quote is timely!


Mark de LA says
seth 2011-06-28 09:09:30 15338
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seth 2011-06-28 08:57:04 15338
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seth 2011-06-28 07:27:00 15338
... but actually it doesn't happen that way, now does it? 
14.2 trillion dollar national debt & you don't think it's happening?

yep, for some value of "it", i suppose "it" is happening.  The question is: what is the value of "it"?
You started the "it" factor!  You & Bill C like to haggle over the meaning of "IS" & "IT", eh?

fact is there is a lot of confusion of what "is" and "it" refer to ... like it or not ... like
Bill C or not.  If you want to make something vague and think in fuzzy clouds, well then just use a liberal scattering of it(s) and this(s) and that(s). 
Dude! You started with the IT thingy.  The English language has some grammar where the subject is understood i.e. "Go Fuck Yourself!"  has an implied subject of "You".... etc. The context of MY quote was voting & politics.  Did you not get that?


Mark de LA says
What kind of clues do you need?

GREECE TEETERS ON EDGE

Mark de LA says
... Also from drudge headlines:


Greece faces 'suicide' vote on austerity...

Athens grinds to a halt...

Thousands strike, descend on Parliament...

5,000 cops deployed...

...Fire teargas

VIDEO...

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