The Race Heats Up

The race for the presidency of the United States now boils down to John McCain versus Barack Obama.

This may be the most important election in our history, at least for each of us who are Americans today and who will be affected by the outcome.

In my book Something For Nothing, I wrote that the most powerful principle governing human behavior is the Expediency Factor. This E-Factor says that, “People strive to get the things they want the fastest and easiest way possible with little or no concern with the secondary consequences of their behaviors.”

Alexis de Toqueville, in his book “Democracy in America,” wrote that, “America will be a great country until the people learn that they can vote themselves money from the public treasury. After that, it will be a war of all against all with each person striving to get the greatest amount of ‘free money’ possible.”

At about the time our original thirteen states adopted their new constitution in 1787, a Scottish history professor by the name of Professor Alexander Tyler had this to say about “The Fall of the Athenian Republic” over two thousand years before.

“A democracy can not exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse (generous gifts) from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy (which is always followed by a dictatorship).”

Professor Tyler went further:

“The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been two hundred years. These nations have progressed through this sequence:

1. From bondage to spiritual faith;

2. From spiritual faith to great courage;

3. From courage to liberty;

4. From abundance to complacency;

5. From complacency to apathy;

6. From apathy to dependence;

7. From dependence back into bondage.

I do not personally believe that America and Americans will follow this sequence of history, but as professor Rufus Fears says, the first law of history is that “People do not learn from history.”

Today, one party and one politician is offering “free money” to all who desire it, in the form of government handouts, bail-outs, increased spending at all levels. This is all going to be paid for by raising taxes on “the rich.”

Since the top 50% of income earners in America already pay 96.5% of all taxes, and the top 10% pay 76% of all taxes, where is the money coming from? Americans believe that they can have energy independence without drilling for oil or gas, or finding new reserves.

Many Americans believe that they can have prosperity without working, wealth without extraordinary dedication, and the highest living standard in the history of man on earth by simply putting in an average day’s work.

Fortunately, there are men and woman who continue to push, pull and drive our society forward on the basis of innovation, risk-taking, hard work, courage, determination and persistence. The entire future of America depends on these people.

A person of character is one who never asks for or expects to get something for nothing. A person of character is one who does not encourage others to seek for or to enjoy rewards without working, knowing that this is the surest way to personal destruction.

2008 is shaping up to be a very interesting election season. Be sure that you vote for the person or persons who spouse the vision, virtues and values that you stand for and believe in, and which have made America great.

See Also

About Brian Tracy — Brian is recognized as the top sales training and personal success authority in the world today. He has authored more than 60 books and has produced more than 500 audio and video learning programs on sales, management, business success and personal development, including worldwide bestseller The Psychology of Achievement. Brian's goal is to help you achieve your personal and business goals faster and easier than you ever imagined. You can follow him on Google+, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Linkedin and Youtube.

Follow Brian & Join the Discussion