(1880-1956), the acerbic columnist for the Baltimore Sun, was no fan of populism.
He wrote, “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.”
He has now been proved right.
Mencken also wrote, “Democracy is the theory that the common
people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.”
Right again, unfortunately. The American people are about to get it good and hard.
But not quite all is lost. “In this world of
sin and sorrow,” Mencken said, “there is always something to be thankful for. As for me, I rejoice that I
am not a Republican.”