Quotation by H.L. Mencken

If George Washington were alive today, what a shining mark he would be for the whole camorra of uplifters, forward-lookers and professional patriots! He was the Rockefeller of his time, a promoter of stock companies, a land-grabber, an exploiter of mines and timber.... He was not pious. He drank whiskey whenever he felt chilly, and kept a jug of it handy. He knew far more profanity than Scripture, and used and enjoyed it more. He had no belief in the infallible wisdom of the common people, but regarded them as inflammatory dolts and tried to save the Republic from them.... He took no interest in the private morals of his neighbors.
Inhabiting these States today, George would be ineligible for any office of honor or profit.
H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880–1956), U.S. journalist, critic. originally published in Damn! A Book of Calumny (1918). The Vintage Mencken, ch. 9, pp. 67-68, ed. Alistair Cooke, Vintage (1956).
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