The average age of the world's great civilizations has been two hundred 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 to bondage.
- Alexander Tyler: The Decline and Fall of the Athenian Republic
Not that I necessarily agree. But I find it interesting. How many candidates would win with, "Ya know what, things are pretty good right now. Lets not rock the boat too much."?
Actually, I can think of a good example of that. I think I remember from my 8th Grade North Carolina history class, that there was a 50 year period where the North Carolina legislature passed a grand total of three acts. One was to build a statue. Another created the nations first public university, UNC. And I forget what the third was.
I was telling someone the other day that I don't jump into the political fray much, it's not really my thing. This to me is more just something to think on...