Posted BY: JSB Morse

Thomas Jefferson said, “The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield, and government to gain ground,” and that has been borne out by history with the few bright exceptions in which society demanded the freedom to live as they ought. The founding of the United States of America was one of those bright moments. Often described as an experiment, it was one of the most improbable series of events in history in which people threw off the shackles of their government and sought out to see if they could rule themselves.

As we saw, the experiment was difficult to replicate. France immediately tried to do it and ended up burning their country down in a reign of terror. Russia tried it and not only killed off 30 million of her own people but nearly brought the world to nuclear oblivion. As we have seen with the “democracy-building” projects in the Middle East, it’s not as easy as it may seem.

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Furthermore, in a dark turn for social science, the American experiment itself appears to have ended in utter failure as well.

It was forewarned by the Founding Fathers. Jefferson said that “even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.” And after the Framers had hammered out the U.S. Constitution in Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Benjamin Franklin told an inquiring woman that the congress had produced, “A republic, madam, if you can keep it.”

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