TVNZ held a poll a couple of days ago on whether New Zealanders approved of the bailout of South Canterbury Finance.
The result: 62% approved of the government action. (that’s pretty decisive)
Good grief – what can you say – we are a nation of idiots.
I guess on one hand it shows the democratic process works, the government did exactly what the People wanted.
On the other hand, none of that 62% should ever be allowed to have a say in the running of a childs party, let alone a country.
Quite frankly, we have got to the point where people can’t even tell the difference between right and wrong any more.
Our values and perceptions are so perverted now that we think this sort of thing is normal and acceptable.
What it is – is paying people to do the wrong thing.
There is an old saying: that for evil to triumph, all that is necessary is for good men to do nothing.
Actually, I think it is rather more of a case of: for evil to triumph, all that is necessary is for “good” men to no longer be able to tell the difference between good and evil.
If 62% (assuming that is true and representative) believe that the bail-out was a good thing, then 62% are incapable of making a rational, ethical or intelligent decision.
At which point there is no hope for our democratic system is there.
And quite frankly, we deserve everything that happens to us.
I have got to think it isn’t going to be pretty.
On May 23, 1857, in a letter to an American friend, Lord Thomas MacCauley wrote:
A democracy cannot survive as a permanent form of government. It can last only until its citizens discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority (who vote) will vote for those candidates promising the greatest benefits from the public purse, with the result that a democracy will always collapse from loose fiscal policies, always followed by a dictatorship.
The average age of the world’s greatest democratic nations has been 200 years.
Each has been through the following sequence:
From bondage to spiritual faith.
From faith to great courage.
From courage to liberty.
From liberty to abundance.
From abundance to complacency.
From complacency to selfishness.
From selfishness to apathy.
From apathy to dependency.
And from dependency back again into bondage.