“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 hearts desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”
lola_ice: H.L. Mencken was a genius and his observations on American society are timeless and prescient.  
Anything that Mr. Mencken wrote is worth reading.  
A ten from me just for mentioning Mencken.
I agree
cherwilco: wow a 10 from me also. its almost as if the man had looked into the very future of our country! (july 26, 1920) damn
pookapooka: to paraphrase, or maybe quote, HLM, -- no one has ever gone broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.
Another Mencken quote on the subject
Eddie: The worst government is the most moral. One composed of cynics  
is often very tolerant and humane. But when fanatics are on top there  
is no limit to oppression.