Quotation by H.L. Mencken

Has the art of politics no apparent utility? Does it appear to be unqualifiedly ratty, raffish, sordid, obscene, and low down, and its salient virtuosi a gang of unmitigated scoundrels? Then let us not forget its high capacity to soothe and tickle the midriff, its incomparable services as a maker of entertainment.
H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Carnival of Buncombe, Introduction, p. x, The Johns Hopkins University Press (1956).
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