Insightful Quotes

H L Mencken

                                                      — H. L. MENCKEN

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All of the great patriots now engaged in edging and squirming their way toward the Presidency of the Republic run true to form. That is to say, they are all extremely wary, and all more or less palpable frauds. What they want, primarily, is the job; the necessary equipment of inescapable issues, immutable principles and soaring ideals can wait until it becomes more certain which way the mob will be whooping. –H.L. Mencken

The average American newspaper, even of the so-called better sort, is…devious, hypocritical, disingenuous, deceitful, pharisaical, pecksniffian, fraudulent, knavish, slippery, unscrupuloyus, perifidious, lewd, and dishonest. — H.L. Mencken  / Quoted in Four Resolutions for the Media by Jeff Jacoby, BOSTON GLOBE, Jan. 1, 2014

Of course journalists have political opinions and ideological leanings: anyone whose job involves closely following public controversies and partisan battles is bound to have strong views about them. Invariably these strong views are going to color the news– all the more so when newsrooms are dominated by journalists who lean to the left. (Or, in the case of Fox News, to the right.) The ideal of perfectly objective news coverage is admirable. But it’s hard to play a story straight down the middle when your ideological passions affect the way that story is framed. News organizations should be candid about their biases, and drop the pretense that they don’t take sides.  — Jeff Jacoby, Four Resolutions for the media, BOSTON GLOBE, Jan. 1, 2014.

The problem of social organization is how to set-up an arrangement under which greed will do the least harm.  — Milton Friedman

The state is not an instrument of change apart from the interests and aspirations of those who comprise it. –John Kenneth Galbraith

There is more to life than increasing its speed. –Gandhi

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Everything other than what is purely technological is mostly a matter of social politics. –Unknown

The price good people pay for their indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men. –Plato

Under democracy, one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule—and both commonly succeed, and are right. –H.L. Mencken

Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress, but I repeat myself. –H.L. Mencken

Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedy. –Ernest Benn

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In order to become the master, the politician poses as the servant. –Charles de Gaulle

Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other.–Oscar Ameringer

The presidency is now a cross between a popularity contest and a high school debate with an encyclopedia of clichés the first prize. –Saul Bellow

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The two-party system is the political equivalent of professional wrestling. –Joe Mokler

There’s more dead wood in Washington than in the petrified forest. — Joe Mokler

You could pick up 535 names out of any telephone book and come up with a better congress than the current one. — Joe Mokler

There isn’t a single great leader in Washington and few good ones and even fewer who are middle class. The majority are political idiots who are only slightly more informed than the vast majority of voters. — Joe Mokler

What voter ignorance really suggests is that everything Democrats and Republicans say about each other is actually true.  For a democracy, this is the ultimate nightmare scenario. — Joe Mokler

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