Sunday, November 28, 2004

saw this quoted, & couldn't let it pass by enremarked

“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 a mob with him by the force of his personality. But when the field is nationwide, and the fight must be waged chiefly at second or 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 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 hearts desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”
H.L. Mencken, The Baltimore Evening Sun, July 26, 1920

3 comments:

Okir said...

ouch
raking the
muck is painful

(but necessary)

ptock said...
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ptock said...

!unintentional glitch. The observation was : Under/over exposure to our seemingly fragile world has condoned acceptance of our fragility (brittleness)'in layers' - the ongoing result today, a systematic accommodation of that which now represents the Americas et al. Luckily H L M. (July 1920) hasn't lasted the distance!