Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Achieving Mencken's Vision

H. L. Mencken waxes prophetic about the presidency:

" . . . all the odds are on the man who is, intrinsically, the most devious
and mediocre — the man who can most easily (and) 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
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."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

So the question becomes... Have we already reached this "glorious day" in a land of Bush? Or will we find yet another level further down? Or was Mencken's vision flawed, and it is actually a bottomless pit into which we will spiral forever down into moronic infinity?