Rosen’s Axiom

Denver conservative talk radio icon Mike Rosen

Quote from Denver Talk Radio 850KOA host Mike Rosen, on 9 November 2012…three days after the election:

“It’s impossible for Republicans to outbid Democrats in an auction for desirable outcomes and gifts from government at somebody else’s expense.”

To the seduced voters, the fact that Democrats can’t deliver on these promises doesn’t seem to matter anymore.


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Jeff believes in the Individual's ability to excel when liberty and freedom of choice are protected. Also believes in the Community's ability to take care of the vast majority of its own issues and needs when the federal government leaves the Community's resources and sphere of control alone. State and local choice produce better results than centralized federal control.
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6 Responses to Rosen’s Axiom

  1. D.J. says:

    “A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. 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 due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.”


    • Absolutely true! But, pray tell, who was it that said this? Sounds like something Thomas Jefferson or John Adams might have said. 🙂


      • David, here’s something I found when I researched it.

        An Observation on Democracy
        Incorrectly attributed to Alexander Fraser Tytler

        The most interesting observation is how closely the US has followed this scenario.

        “A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves money from the Public Treasury. From that moment on the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the Public Treasury with a result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy always followed by dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years. These nations have 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 Selfishness
        •From Selfishness to Complacency
        •From Complacency to Apathy
        •From Apathy to Dependency
        •From Dependency back into Bondage”

        Most commonly attributed to
        “The Decline and Fall of the Athenian Republic”
        by Alexander Fraser Tytler Lord Woodhouselee (1748-1813)
        (Scottish judge and historian at Edinburgh University)

        However, this has also been attributed to Benjamin Disraeli, Alexis de Tocqueville, R. G. LeTourneau and others. It is likely that it is actually two quotes, put together. Parts of it show up in printed record as far back as 1950, when the “Fatal Sequence” portion was cited in a speach by Eugene E. Wilson at a special United Nations Convocation at Hillyer College in Hartford, Connecticut. But regardless of the quote’s origin, it is interesting to note how accurate it details the past and how much further we have progressed along that predicted line, since it first appeared in modern recorded history, in 1950.

        – Jeff


        • An excellent point. I fear it is only a short time before people leap headlong into the chains of slavery yet again. “One nation, together in chains, with safety and needless government oversight for all.” That’ll be the new pledge of allegiance.

          Freedom is a risky proposition…but to me, it’s worth the risk!


          • A buzzer went off in my head when I read your last sentence, because “freedom” is one of those politically “bilingual” words I mentioned a few weeks ago. I find now that I’ve learned about these unique words (via Thomas Sowell) and even written about them, my double-speak detector buzzes when I encounter them. That’s a sure sign of incurable political addiction, I fear.

            Also, regarding your phrase “with safety and needless government oversight for all”…dude!…are you psychic? That’s precisely the theme of my next article or two. Please stay tuned.

            David, I enjoy our pithy exchanges. 🙂

            – Jeff


  2. “When under the pretext of fraternity, the legal code imposes mutual sacrifices on the citizens, human nature is not thereby abrogated. Everyone will then direct his efforts toward contributing little to, and taking much from, the common fund of sacrifices. Now, is it the most unfortunate who gains from this struggle? Certainly not, but rather the most influential and calculating.” — Frederic Bastiat, from “Justice and Fraternity,” in “Journal des Economistes, 15 June 1848. Unbelievable how prophetic Bastiat’s words have proven to be!


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