Thursday, November 8, 2012

Quote of the Day - Presidents and Elections

“The larger the mob, the harder the test. In small areas, before small electorates, a first-rate man occasionally fights his way through, carrying even the mob with him by force of his personality. But when the field is nationwide, and the fight must be waged chiefly at second and third hand, and the force of personality cannot so readily make itself felt, then all the odds are on the man who is, intrinsically, the most devious and mediocre — the man who can most easily adeptly disperse the notion that his mind is a virtual vacuum. The Presidency tends, year by year, to go to such men. As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron”.

– H. L. Mencken

Mencken was quite accurate as to the nature, and general ignorance of the electorate.  That was then.  I can't imagine what he'd say about the voting public today.  I know one thing.  It'd be entertaining as hell to read.

And yes, we have a downright moron in the White House, but then, I knew that 4 years ago.

H/T to Jennifer.  Go read her post.  For the good of the country I sincerely hope she and I are wrong.

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