H. L. Mencken Knew Obama Was Inevitable
Nov 13 2012
The results of the presidential election still seem unreal to me. How and why a failed president and presidency was given a “do-over” is beyond my comprehension. Yes, I know about makers and takers and how taking care of the takers is supposed to ensure victory. But are there no limits to who can be elected under such a strategy? Will we someday see Hannibal Lecter or his equivalent judged suitable because he will promise enough money to gain office?
There really was no positive achievement or outcome that President Obama could run on. Courtesy of White House Dossier, Charles C. W. Cooke captured the essence of the winner’s campaign in one simple and profound paragraph:
A president of the United States just ran a reelection campaign based on the promise of government largess, exploitation of class division, the demonization of success, the glorification of identity politics, and the presumption that women are a helpless interest group; and he did so while steadfastly refusing to acknowledge the looming — potentially fatal — crisis that the country faces. And it worked.
H. L. Mencken warned us long ago. Some of his more colorful quotes certainly ring true in light of recent events:
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. [Did he know the mistake would be re-elected? Undoubtedly.]