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“Bamboozlement” and “Down-right Fraud”

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In 1915, H. L. Mencken (1880-1956) delivered a harsh verdict on the politics of his time which applies even more forcefully to our political culture in 2018. Mencken said politics had become an “endless saturnalia of bunk, of bluff, of stupidity, of insincerity, of false virtue, of nonsense, of pretense, of sophistry, of paralogy, of bamboozlement, of actorial posturing, of strident wind music, of empty words—even, at times, of down-right fraud.”

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  1. Jim Bird  •  Feb 10, 2018 at 12:34 pm

    Michael,
    Am I missing a paragraph here? If your point is politicians are corrupt, stupid, felons, etc., that is the precise definition of a politician. They are in the game for money, influence and power over the ones they supposedly serve. Oh, how could I forget their ability to constantly lie looking straight in your eyes smiling all the while.
    However your whole column’s point is aimed at one person, Trump. That’s what I don’t get about your Left Turns. We finally have a human being in the White House who never lies and actually loves the common man (Oh God I should’ve said person—please don’t turn me over to the IRS) and Michael wants a politician to reinstate the status quo. Any comments about the attempted Overthrow of the Republic—thought not.

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