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One man's rant: Looking for a responsible adult in 2016

Last week I invested two and a half hours of my life watching the first Democrat debate in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election. Since this bevy of candidates included a self-proclaimed Socialist, a failed former Secretary of State and three others I don't remember, the commercial breaks offered more substance than the debate. I basically watched the two primary candidates trying to win the "free stuff" competition by promising free college education and free healthcare for illegals. Funny, I don't remember anyone referring to the problematic national debt we already have!

The week before the debate I received an interesting email from a friend named Tom. That email included a quote by Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh in 1887: "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 over loose fiscal policy...." The professor didn't use the collapse of the Roman Empire as an example, but it's in the history books for all to see.

Professor Joseph Olson of the Hameline University School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota was also featured in my friend Tom's email. Professor Olson pointed out some interesting facts about the election of 2012: Obama won 19 states while Romney won 29. Obama won 580,000 square miles while Romney won 2,427,000 square miles. The murder rate per 100,000 residents of counties won by Obama was 13.2 and 2.1 for counties won by Romney.

The Professor commented: "In aggregate, the map of the territory Romney won was mostly the land owned by the taxpaying citizens of the country. Obama territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in low-income tenements and living off various forms of government welfare...."

The folks who are wondering if America is in decline have some legitimate concerns. The fact that 40 percent of the population is dependent upon the government for subsistence clearly echoes Professor Tyler's warning from over 100 years ago. If we continue to encourage illegal immigration and offer amnesty and citizenship to the majority of the illegals who are already in this country - and these populations vote, I join those who fear for America.

At this point in our history, apathy is, perhaps, the greatest enemy of our free society. I truly believe that, generally speaking, a well-informed and well-educated voter, given the candidates available to us in this election, is more likely to vote for a conservative president in 2016. That statement, of course, is coming from a partisan, but it is also coming from a citizen who cares deeply about the future of this country. We can face the threat of a certain moral and fiscal bankruptcy with a Democrat in the White House or preserve more of the values that founded our great country with a conservative in that office.

With all that said, I appreciated a comment I just heard on a news program. The guest being interviewed said that the Democrats are driving us toward the cliff at 100 miles an hour. The guest favored the Republicans because they are only driving us to the same fate at 70 miles an hour.

The next election is about putting a responsible adult in the driver's seat for 2016.

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