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Letter: This can be prevented

The following is attributed to a Scottish born lawyer and writer: "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. The average age of the world's greatest civilizations from the beginning of history has been about 200 years."

This can be prevented by voting Barack Hussein Obama out of office Nov. 6, 2012, and returning to a sound fiscal policy.

Pat Johnson

Park Rapids