"The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself --- Almost inevitably, he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane and intolerable."
"The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamerous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary."
"An election is an advanced sale of stolen goods."
also I include an observation of one of Mencken's contemporaries, Ernest Benn (1875 - 1954)
"Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedy".
Have a happy New Year 2015, from Allano.