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November 10, 2004



Sometimes I wonder where you did this stuff up! An Article from 1920? Wow! :)


Ah, Mencken -- the first libertarian, and the last word in cynical, spot-on political commentary. Another fine example: "I do not believe in democracy, but I am perfectly willing to admit that it provides the only really amusing form of government ever endured by mankind."


Well, it's as good an explanation as any.


See, though, the really scary part is that Dubya is NOT a moron. My guess is that he has the attention span of a gnat, and he probably is learning disabled, but he has mastered the Art of the Lowered Expectation by making many people think that he's a complete doofus. (It doesn't hurt that this Yalie with Connecticut roots has managed to pick up a Texas you-all accent that you could spread on bread. Notice how Brother Jeb doesn't sound like that?) Moron, no. Closed-minded, reactionary ideologue, yes.


Or as a comedian whose name I've just blanked on has said, "George Bush isn't stupid. Stupid is 'Oh my God, I just ate paint.'"

It seems that most people naturally want a leader whose policies can be broken down into 10-second sound bytes. If it takes more than two sentences to explain, they're not interested.


No, Dubya isn't a moron, quite. But he's certainly a large step in the direction that Mencken predicted. It's quite the contradiction: On one hand, people expect the government to be perfect, but on the other, they want their elected officials to be "like us". Well, they've got their wish. For another four years our country will be represented and at least partially helmed by a man with mediocre intelligence, a conviction that his opinions continue to be right no matter the evidence to the contrary, and no evident capacity for original thought.

Pa Bear

Another of Mencken's comments i particularly like is this:"To every complicated question, there is a simple answer - which is usually wrong."


Having recently purchased a new vacumn, perhaps the change is in the quality of such an instrument? My new Dyson and the current administration seem to be superior in terms of their suction!

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