As patriots Wednesday morning, with the help of lots of coffee and perhaps something stronger, try to get their heads around the alarming fact that an aggressive left-wing Democrat Party will almost certainly be in charge of the Senate as well as the House and 1600, it may be a good time to review what the insightful and amusing journalist, author, and raconteur H.L. Mencken taught us a century ago about American political democracy. A small selection of his pithy quotes on the matter below:
Democracy is the theory that voters know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.
Every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods.
A good politician is quite as unthinkable as an honest burglar.
If a politician found he had cannibals among his constituents, he would promise them missionaries for dinner.
For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.
The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.
Our Henry certainly had a way of encapsulating matters in an economical and amusing way. And his wisdom reminds us that no matter how much things change, they stay the same at the fundamental level. Considering the policies whooped up by a Democrat Party dedicated to micro-managing our lives, and now with no bar to their evil intentions, decent and sensible Americanos are licensed to wonder if America in due course will become every bit as bad as Democrats say it is. Demonstrating my firm grasp of the obvious, I’ll assert that for all who love freedom and prosperity, this is a very perilous time.
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Author: Larry Thornberry