Alexander Hamilton writes:
"It is impossible to read the history of the petty republics of Greece and Italy, without feeling sensations of horror and disgust at the distractions with which they were continually agitated, and at the rapid succession of revolutions, by which they were kept perpetually vibrating between the extremes of tyranny and anarchy."
Maybe so. But in defense of the Greeks and Romans, they were the pioneers in self-government, the first to throw off the chains of the petty tyrants, the kings, the aristocrats. They had to build completely new systems. Like engineers with no schematics, they started with nothing, and built something completely unheard of in human history. Were they flawed? Of course they were. But they gave us something to adjust fire to. And the framers did adjust, and did so well. I disagree with Hamilton on this, most inventions' first iteration are flawed. But we shouldn't despise the inventor.
Now we have petty tyrants like Obama, and perhaps, Hillary. The large difference between the Greeks and the Romans, and the modern Marxists/Statists like the current Democratic party represent, is that the modern Marxism is a model that is not just slightly flawed, and can be adjusted like the old Democracies and Republics, but one that is fatally flawed, and unworkable by human endeavors. No one has made it work. Its the Edsel of government, that should never be modified, but sent to the junkyard, with a footnote in the history books, "Don't try this again. Please." The Statists ignore the fact that human beings are driven by self-interest and incentives. This ignorance creates a fiction of human interaction. Such is the fiction maintained by the modern Statist. When confronting history, the modern Statist maintains that the previous Marxist systems weren't constructed correctly, and points out a few systems (usually Scandinavian) that Statists have made workable.
Of course, with the modern collapse of the European States, we know that to be a fiction too. And as we watch the collapse of Venezuela in South America, and the disastrous Olympics and impeachment going on in Brazil, Hamilton's words are coming back to haunt us, but not of the Greeks or Romans. No, we are watching, with horror and disgust, the tyranny and anarchy right in our backyard. And its name is Socialism.
Sanders thinks if he changes the name, he'll make it work. But Sanders was incapable of running a hot dog stand. Hillary thinks that if she doesn't call it Socialism, that she'll make it work. She'll make it work for her, that much is certain.
Most troublesome of all, are the millions of millennials who were schooled via our Marxist teacher's unions that Socialism is the system this country should adopt. None of them have lived under such a system, although we're getting there quickly. Every day the millennials hear that our free market system is a failure, and we need to become a Socialist state. And yet we haven't really had a free market in the United States for fifty years, so how would we know if it didn't work or not?
These arguments are all academic of course. The Republic is already in the beginning stages of our second civil war. Like a chicken with its head cut off, running around, it doesn't know it yet. And it won't be pretty,