Thoughts of HL Mencken: DEMOCRACY in the US

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“Reading Ernest Hemingway’s  The Sun Also Rises’ written in 1926, I noted several references to HL Mencken, an American writer, satarist, et al .

Fascinated by his influence on some of the characters, I googled him to find this- written in 1920 –  among many wonderful quotes…

“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.”

― H.L. Mencken, On Politics: A Carnival of Buncombe

see https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/27042-as-democracy-is-perfected-the-office-of-president-represents-more

from a Google search (my “filing system to rescue me from sheer utter chaos” – thanks “Big G”)

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from a letter titled ‘Democracy in the US’ in the New Zealand Herald by a S. Jones a couple of weeks ago

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Shared by “stirrer” (still??) c

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“Democracy is merely/simply a matter of voting for the person (candidate) you find to be the least offensive!”

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The Story of the Cracked Pot

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THE STORY OF THE CRACKED POT

“A water bearer in India had two large pots, each hung on each end of a pole which he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, and while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water at the end of the long walk from the stream to the master’s house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.

For a full two years, this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots full of water in his master’s house. Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, perfect to the end for which it was made. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection and miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do.

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It’s a kind of magic

My South Africa…

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You  may like The night of the storm

see

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I Dreamed a Dream (from Proud by Susan Boyle)