"It [the State] has taken on a vast mass of new duties and responsibilities; it has spread out its powers until they penetrate to every act of the citizen, however secret; it has begun to throw around its operations the high dignity and impeccability of a State religion; its agents become a separate and superior caste, with authority to bind and loose, and their thumbs in every pot. But it still remains, as it was in the beginning, the common enemy of all well-disposed, industrious and decent men. "
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H. L. Mencken
(1880-1956) American Journalist, Editor, Essayist, Linguist, Lexicographer, and Critic
Date:
1926
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Self explanatory and true.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    H.L. Mencken was an idividual with vision,insight and wisdom.We would be blessed to have more individuals of his/her caliber in positions of policy makeing for this crumbling Republic.
     -- My Name, Your Town,USA.     
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     -- J Carlton, Calgary      
    I just wish that Mencken was around to comment on this group of duds running for president.
     -- jim k, austin, tx     
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     -- RobertSRQ      
    Astonishing how well H.L. describes our current administration.
     -- Joe, North Caldwell, NJ     
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    Mencken hits the nail on the head.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    As true to day as it was in Mechken's time, i.e. The Great Depression and FDR's socializing of America.
     -- GunnyCee, Duryham, NC     
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    Spot on..
     -- Vexari, Chappaqua     
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