A quote: H.L. Mencken, 1920

  • 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.
    • Baltimore Sun (26 July 1920)

About tannngl

Believer (God the Father, the Son and Messiah, the Holy Spirit), daughter, wife, mother, memaw, RN, hobbit, street evangelist I love people, music, reading, praying, studying the Bible, keeping up with national news and politics. I am a strict constructionist, a true American. I love my country. I honor her warriors. I am thankful for our Constitution and will personally bear arms for it.
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8 Responses to A quote: H.L. Mencken, 1920

  1. Hey, we’ve reached the goal of installing a moron in the White House.

    I had to study Mencken in journalism classes. Ruling class elitist — I’m sure he never noticed that when he was pointing a finger at the masses, he should have been paying closer attention to the three pointing back at him.

    Hey, I noticed the Twitter feed over to the right — where Republicans are looking for Col. George Bristol to question him about Benghazi. I wonder if he’s one of those who has been indefinitely detained by Der Commissair’s toadies.

    Yes, I am feeling very disrespectful toward our federal government right at the moment.


    • tannngl says:

      I thought Mencken’s quote was such perfect irony! It has finally happened! The people got what we deserve, an identical image of our very cultural soul.

      Col. Bristol had retired. But I think I read somewhere last year that it wasn’t by his own choice. So what does this admin have on the Colonel? Bet there’s something. We’ll see. One congressman assures us that he will testify.


      • Sadly, we’ll see in a future administration … if there are any future administrations. I’m beginning to wonder. Somehow, this 4th of July really made me pessimistic. We went to the community picnic and I listened to these military officers telling us what a great nation we live in, how we have so much liberty and freedom and I watched my fellow citizens clapping and I thought —

        Just how stupid are we?

        My mood will clear in a day or so, I suppose. We’re going hiking over the weekend. That usually helps!


      • tannngl says:

        My mood has been gloomy for a little while. My mom has cancer requiring much more help/care. It’s hard for her at 93. Guess I thought I’d have her with me forever…
        The country has my feelings running from despair to energetic, depending on the day. Exercise always helps!
        Have a wonderful time hiking! Take some pics! 😊


      • Hiking has been postponed because we’re harvesting firewood — which is fine. It’s outdoors and not working in my office.


    • tannngl says:

      Thanks so much for commenting, aurorawatch.


  2. A great quote, tannngl, and entirely too prescient!

    I’ll have to look up more of Mencken’s writings: I don’t recall too much of his from my college days, but then again: I did two attend a fairly liberal institutions back in New England.
    Thus, we may not have touched too much on him at all.


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