1985 - Present
During the six years I served as a weekend warrior in a Naval Aviation Reserve squadron (VF-1485) at NAS Miramar, I came to realize that the people who run this country do not care about the military men and women. Our leaders are not capable of doing the right thing, unless of course, the "right thing" is furthering their own agenda and lining their own pockets with gold and favors. This realization has been proven to me time and time again with the Reagan's Iran/Contra Affair, the Clinton-Monica affair, the Bush-Iraq war (Bush lied, many died), the high cost of oil and gas because of the war, and the fact that the very rich run this country and get richer, and the rest of us just struggle to make a living.
I think even more strongly about this today.
WAR IS HELL, especially when it is not necessary.
And the U.S. hasn't been in a "necessary" war since WWII.
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.
H. L. Mencken, writing for the Baltimore Evening Sun, July 26, 1920
I think Mencken's prophecy came true in 2001, and again in 2017.
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