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Sun Dec 18, 2016, 02:51 PM

Oh My - From 1920

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Dec 18, 2016, 03:09 PM

1. We have arrived at Mencken's prediction.

I used to think Shrub was the arrival...but not anymore.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Dec 18, 2016, 03:10 PM

2. I think it was "downright moron"

which really was already fulfilled by Dubya

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Dec 18, 2016, 03:16 PM

3. Given Obama, I think we must have two inner souls.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Dec 18, 2016, 03:24 PM

4. Mencken's prediction

is in essence an indictment of democracy.

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Response to J_William_Ryan (Reply #4)

Mon Dec 19, 2016, 03:00 AM

17. No. Hillary won the democratic vote. In this country we call it the "popular" vote,

In other countries, the cal it "the vote."

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Dec 18, 2016, 03:25 PM

5. Quote is close but not quite right.

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.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Dec 18, 2016, 03:36 PM

6. I agree with the prediction but not the definition

A "perfected" democracy would be comprised of well informed citizens capable of critical thought.

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Response to Martin Eden (Reply #6)

Sun Dec 18, 2016, 05:22 PM

13. That's why the founders wanted an educated public.

Public libraries. Public schools. They even supported early newspapers financially and used the postal system to widely deliver them as well.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Dec 18, 2016, 04:14 PM

7. Historical note. 1920 was the first election women were allowed to vote in

Harding was elected that year. Everybody knew he was a crook and sour patriarchs said he got elected because he was the better looking of the two candidates and women were suckers for a pretty face.

Unfortunately for them, such was not the case. Women lack sex organs attached to their eyes. Men thought having a crook in office would give them an edge in their own businesses.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Dec 18, 2016, 04:30 PM

8. Yeaup....

 

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Dec 18, 2016, 04:30 PM

9. nah, this is the result of ignoring talk radio

we got the closest thing there is to limbuagh int eh white house

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Dec 18, 2016, 04:37 PM

10. Oh My, Indeed!

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Response to Ford_Prefect (Reply #10)

Sun Dec 18, 2016, 04:53 PM

11. K&R

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Dec 18, 2016, 05:16 PM

12. Likely referring to Warren G. Harding.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Dec 18, 2016, 05:33 PM

14. Oh but the electoral college will prevent that!

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Dec 19, 2016, 12:16 AM

15. That was my sig line for a while during the Bush years.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Dec 19, 2016, 01:53 AM

16. Ironic that one of most qualified Presidential Candidates ever lost in 1920 to one of the worst

Presidents, Warren Harding. The losing candidate, an Ohio newspaper publisher:

"Cox served three terms as Governor of Ohio, first, in 19131915 and then in 19171921. He presided over a wide range of measures such as laying the foundation of Ohio's unified highway system, creating no fault workers' compensation system and restricting child labor.[4] He introduced direct primaries and municipal home rule, started educational and prison reforms, and streamlined the budget and tax processes.[5]
During World War I, Cox encouraged voluntary cooperation between business, labor, and government bodies. In 1918, he welcomed constitutional amendments for Prohibition and woman suffrage.[2] Cox supported the internationalist policies of Woodrow Wilson and reluctantly supported US entry into the League of Nations."....

A capable and well-liked progressive reformer, Cox was nominated for the presidency by the Democratic party at the 1920 Democratic convention in San Francisco defeating A. Mitchell Palmer and William Gibbs McAdoo on the forty-fourth ballot.[7]

Cox conducted an activist campaign visiting 36 states and delivering 394 speeches mainly focusing on domestic issues, to the displeasure of the Wilsonians, who pictured the election "as a referendum on the League of Nations."[2] To fight unemployment and inflation, he suggested simultaneously lower income and business profits taxes. He promised to introduce national collective bargaining legislation and pledged his support to the Volstead Act. Cox spoke in support of Americanization to increase loyalty to the United States among immigrant population."

His VP running mate was FDR.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_M._Cox

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Perhaps Mencken was just looking at current events and prognosticating.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Dec 19, 2016, 04:31 AM

18. That quote was always believed to apply to GWB.

I personally think it's a little too tame for Comrade Trump.

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