Snippets #1

I can’t get this quote out of my head currently:

“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 1880-1956]

Who are we in South Africa to argue.

Other Mencken quotes:

Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.
In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican.
For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.
Every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods.
It is even harder for the average ape to believe that he has descended from man.
Bachelors know more about women than married men; if they didn’t they’d be married too.
Strike an average between what a woman thinks of her husband a month before she marries him and what she thinks of him a year afterward, and you will have the truth about him.
Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public.

Following the underestimate of how many accountants it takes to put a card in an envelope The Economist recently asked how many parties are needed in a one-party state. The answer it seems is nine, at least which are legally registered.  The Chinese Communist Party refers to these “democratic parties” as being “neither parties out of office nor opposition parties”. Members have to be invited to join by another member. Despite being retired I feel there is still a home for me in the Peasants and Workers Democratic Party.

Seen recently on a Mugg and Bean (coffee shop) coaster – Be the person your dog thinks you are. Suggested follow ups – Be the person your cat thinks you should be; Be the person your pet python thinks you were; Be the person your wife thinks you should have been. 


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