Just like us

Henry Louis Mencken, from back in the day:

The state — or, to make the matter more concrete, the government — consists of a gang of men exactly like you and me. They have, taking one with another, no special talent for the business of government; they have only a talent for getting and holding office. Their principal device to that end is to search out groups who pant and pine for something they can’t get and to promise to give it to them. Nine times out of ten that promise is worth nothing. The tenth time is made good by looting A to satisfy B. In other words, government is a broker in pillage, and every election is sort of an advance auction sale of stolen goods.

(As quoted in Charting the Candidates ’72 (1972) by Ronald Van Doren, p. 7, and by Roberta X this week.)

2 comments »

  1. Roberta X »

    8 November 2018 · 8:55 pm

    Thank you!

  2. hollyh »

    9 November 2018 · 8:05 am

    “….Their principal device to that end is to search out groups who pant and pine for something they can’t get and to promise to give it to them. ….” Can anybody say “border wall”?

    It occurs to me that Trump could absolutely care LESS that he can’t have that wall now. The wall served its purpose. And it will serve it again in 2020, when he can blame the Dems for denying him that magnificent boondoggle.

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