To the editor:
After the hotly divided United States presidential election of 2012, where a majority of respondents said Republican candidate Mitt Romney would be better for the economy yet the people re-elected Barack Obama, there are people and pundits wondering if America has reached the Tytler Novema.
The Tytler Novema is based on a quote attributed to Alexander Tytler who was a professor at University of Edinburgh in the late 18th century.
A partial quote of the Novema is:
“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