No one in this world, so far as I know—and I have researched the records for years, and employed agents to help me—has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. Nor has anyone ever lost public office thereby.In the run-up to yesterday’s elections, many voters complained about the gridlock in Washington. So, of course, they voted in overwhelming numbers for the party that was responsible for the gridlock.
—H.L. Mencken, 1926
God help us!