11-15-2004, 11:04 AM #1
Quote of the day . . . (H. L. Mencken, 1920)
Found this elsewhere . . . posted fyi . . .
Quote of the Day
"When a candidate for public office faces the voters he does not face men of
sense; he faces a mob of men whose chief distinguishing mark is the fact
that they are quite incapable of weighing ideas, or even of comprehending
any save the most elemental -- men whose whole thinking is done in terms of
emotion, and whose dominant emotion is dread of what they cannot understand.
So confronted, the candidate must either bark with the pack or be lost...
All the odds are on the man who is, intrinsically, the most devious and
mediocre -- the man who can most 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, in the Baltimore Sun, July 26, 1920
( This editorial appeared before the election of Warren Harding.)
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