In 1787 Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the university of Edinburgh, noticed a continuing pattern in the advance and decline of the worlds democracies.
He stated then that a democracy would continue to exist until such time that the voters discover that they can literally vote themselves gifts from the public treasury. From the moment that revelation is made, the majority proceeds to vote for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury. The final result is that every democracy finally collapses due to loose fiscal policy. That collapse is always followed by dictatorship.
Tyler charted the ages of the world's greatest civilizations from the beginning of history... and average existence of about 200 years. Every single time, these nations 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 complacency; from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependence; and finally from dependence back into bondage.
Where do you think America is at in the sequence today?
From the book "Island of Saints" by Andy Andrew, pg 141-142.
You can find the book here on Amazon. It's not about politics, but WWII and forgiveness - Historical Inspirational Fiction.