Surviving the..late 20’s?
H. L. Mencken did not write to inform, educate, and improve his fellow man, a project he would have deemed insane. His complex prose was not designed to penetrate the intellectual fog in which most people spend their lives. He did not chuckle good naturedly at man’s foibles, as did Will Rogers, the likable everyman. Mencken embraced his elitism and used his perch to laugh heartily and acidly at the knaves who called themselves public servants and the fools who repeatedly voted them into office.
….Perhaps the best example of Menckenism is the approach he took to Prohibition. When it became clear that voters, in their wisdom, were going to ban the manufacture, importation, and sale of alcohol…He rented a fortified warehouse and stocked it with a decades’ worth of beer, wine, whiskey, and champagne. This allowed him to entertain his friends in style while chortling his way through the rise of bootlegging, rum running, organized crime, and the accumulation of the Kennedy fortune that plagues us to this day.
So, any Menckenists out there? What will help you chortle your way through?
Here’s a few links that prove how “Mencken understood the American people better than they understood themselves, and he eloquently shared his understanding with unsparing wit. “If x is the population of the United States and y is the degree of imbecility of the average American, then democracy is the theory that x times y is less than y.”
- Jobless claims soar because of Sandy (yeah, sure – it was SANDY that made employers lay off)
- Poverty spikes (you don’t say – hey, effort and concern is what counts – not outcomes right?)
- October retail sales decline, despite Sandy prep
- why is the market not taking off? Hmmmmmmm, I wonder
- Why doesn’t the government care about us Sandy victims anymore? (hint: the photo op happened BEFORE the election)