Quote of the Day – Election Day Edition

“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. 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

The longer version:

“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, Baltimore Sun (26 July 1920)

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2 Responses to Quote of the Day – Election Day Edition

  1. motopsyco says:

    Great quotes! I discovered this blog of yours from reading your trip reports over at ADV Rider and have thoroughly enjoyed reading about your trips. I do the occasional website of the month feature over at my blog and would like to feature your little blog in November and share a couple of pics from your Alaska trip. But of course I will only do so with your permission. Thanks.

    • amytracker says:

      Neat! That adventure bike article you linked to is spot on. Glad you enjoy my ride reports. Permission granted, share whatever content you like, I’m flattered you like my little journal enough to share it.

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