And this explains the American Presidency: H.L. Mencken writing in the Baltimore Evening Sun, July 26, 1920: ” … when a candidate for public office faces the voters he does not face men of sense; he faces a mob of men whose chief distinguishing mark is the fact that they are quite incapable of weighing ideas, or even of comprehending any save the most elemental–men whose whole thinking is done in terms of emotion, and whose dominant emotion is dread of what they cannot understand. So confronted, the candidate must either bark with the pack or be lost. ” … all the odds are on the man who is, intrinsically, the most devious and mediocre–the man who can most adeptly disperse the notion that his mind is a virtual vacuum. “The Presidency tends, year by year, to go to such men. As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.” (Emphasis added)
This made me smile when I read it again today, so I’ll post it again, but here:
Sheesh, It’s not the lack of outlets, it’s the lack of variety. Of course they are entitled to it, they are not guarenteed it, you dolt. You are entitled to eventualy own a car and a house, but if you don’t leave your house and get a job or you know, inherit, they you won’t get one. I’m not asking for the entertainment fairy to visit each and every community in the US of A, but I am asking the Government to prevent any one body, who is not a licensed broadcaster, from buying X percentage of airtime on a given outlet. (Ryan Seacrest can only go so many places at once sigh
Licensed broadcasters can make said decisions, but it seems to me that the content of said ads should conform to advertising rules.
Now you’re thinking, but what about all of those infomercials, fatty? Yeah, you got me. I’m not sure what to say about that. Except, I’m glad to be Canadian, where we have Canadian content rules that guarentee me some form of Candian Entertainment each hour. Yay Canada!
As it happens, you do seem to want to regulate what people hear ayway, or at least your FCC does.
Given the text of the article, it seems possible that a given concern, say, I dunno, maybe Maggie Thatcher got herself the three dollars it costs to buy 24 hours of air time in Barrow. Stick with me here this gets good. Then, those guys who are forced, through lack of bandwidth/cash to listen to the radio for entertainment (the fricking horror) and they are then subsequently forced to listen to the same bilious mouth that spawned your intellect. You can see where things would rapidly go downhill for good old Barrow. I mean imagine it:
“is that stupid c*#t still on the air?”
“yeah, but she paid for it so it is oh kay”
“Wanna go amuse ourselves with the locals again?”
Yes, they do in fact fail to capitalize their sentences, true.
You can see the potential problems for poor old Barrow now, huh? No? You live in Barow you say? No wonder the moose look worried (I’ve seen the Moose out there, take that as a compliment)
(Hey, I’m not looking to raise the level of debate. I just wanna bring it down to a size small enough that I can drag it into the toilet and give it a swirly)
And if you have read this far and didn’t at least smile, I failed and concede defeat…ah me
I found myself wondering about how different Super Hero types would vote in an Election (given that the Majority are Americans I’ll keep my observations to the American versions, but if you like Substitute Republican with Tory or Nationalist where appropriate and Democrats with Liberals or Labour where necessary)
Superman: While the big blue cheese is certainly a symbol of Americana, it is likely that a great deal of his corniness comes from a slanted world view. He grew up in Kansas, and despite what the SMALLVILLE folks may be passing off to us, was brought up in a household where Momma did all the housework and Poppa brought home the bacon. While this type of down home upbringing, paired with incredible powers, have produced an Apple pie loving American boy, it seems to have produced a very weak facade along with it, cracked every so often when placed under stress. His Kansas-born values, along with his consistent knee bending to the “American Way” leads me to believe that Superman would be a Republican, perhaps a socially moderate one.
During the “Legends” storyline, Superman was portrayed as toeing the line, simply obeying without question. Later he would be portrayed as a tool of the Government, as in the “Dark Knight Strikes Back.”