Columnist John L. Smith at the Las Vegas Review-Journal got his hands on an irate letter from a constituent to her senator in 1993. The voter? Sharron Angle. The elected official? You guessed it.
Among other things, the letter invokes a favorite quote of fiscal conservatives and Tea Party types:
Please take the following words of Professor Alexander Tyler to heart. He said, “A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves a largess from the treasury. From that moment on, the majority will always vote for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy.” …
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