Mencken

The requirement that legislators live in the districts they represent results in “the election of a depressing gang of incompetents, mainly petty lawyers and small-town bankers.”

via Forbidden Thoughts from Mencken – Doug French – Mises Institute.

Oh, I had forgotten how much I enjoyed reading H. L. Mencken years ago. His prose wasn’t timeless, but his ideas were and are. But Mencken’s acerbic style isn’t to everyone’s taste and the people who most needed to learn were probably the most offended. Too much political commentary is in the same vein: full of venom and ridicule. President Obama may have aimed too high seeking a bi-partisan consensus. He’d have done better to aim for cordiality and courtesy.

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