Here’s A Howdy-Do!

Here’s A Howdy-Do!

By Peter H. Salus

On 20 September 2017, our revered Managing Editor, Michael Jay Tucker wrote: “What Do We Do With Him?”  The answer is obvious.  Nixon’s fate yields it:  the “new” president (= Pence) writes a pardon. Et voila!

Only the foolishly vengeful would want more, and Donald will be loose to hold rallies reviling his enemies domestic and foreign.

Personally, I fear a President Pence, too.  But for different reasons.

However, let’s look back nearly a century.

In the Baltimore Evening Sun of 26 July 1920, H.L. Mencken wrote:

“The larger the mob, the harder the test. In small areas, before small electorates, a first-rate man occasionally fights his way through, carrying even the mob with him by force of his personality. But when the field is nationwide, and the fight must be waged chiefly at second and third hand, and the force of personality cannot so readily make itself felt, then all the odds are on the man who is, intrinsically, the most devious and mediocre — the man who can most easily adeptly disperse the notion that his mind is a virtual vacuum.

“The Presidency tends, year by year, to go to such men. 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 heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

Mencken died in January 1956.  And here we are …