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New Rules for Political Jousting?

By Harry M. Covert

I am grateful this political season is coming to a climax and none too soon. Maybe, just maybe, television will get back to some semblance of order and entertainment, even though I can’t think of any programs I want to see.

While the electorate has been bombarded in every possible way and subjected to stretchers almost beyond measure, the only people making money over the course of the political battlefield have been the broadcasting industry.

Candidates of all stripes have tried to make the populace believe American society is on a treadmill to oblivion and the media has been complicit scaring the daylights out of everyone.… Read More

Out of the Past, Mencken Still Up-to-Date

     The more I read, hear and see about today’s political and media society, the more I return to the writings of H. L. Mencken, the Sage of Baltimore.  
 
     He said, at various times:
 
     “As the arteries grow hard, the heart grows soft.”
 
     “Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.”
 
     “Democracy is only a dream:  it should be put in the same category as Santa Claus and Heaven.” 

     And, “Giving every man a vote has no more made men wise and free than Christianity has made them good.”

Everybody who loves politics, should take time to read the wit and wisdom of the great journalist of yonder years. 

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