In my last post I made a reference to Barack Obama and vague political references, something at which all politicians become adept. I just think President Obama is better at it than most. However, the goal and impact of such palter was never better captured than in this quote from a great American iconoclast:

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary. —H. L. Mencken

©Copyright 2012 Edward Podritske

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