The Lowest Common Denomiator
Many people have read George Orwell's books, and many use his quips to
describe the present-day political system, but giving George a run for
the money is Henry Louis Mencken.
Henry Mencken, a political commentor, said, in the 1920's, that the
steady decline of democracy would lead to a "downright moron"
occupying the White House.
On July 26, 1920, Mencken, writing for the Baltimore Evening Sun,
says in an article that "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.......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
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.......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."