Joe Galloway writes for the McClatchy papers in the US. A couple of days ago he wrote "It took just eight decades but H.L. Mencken's astute prediction on the future course of American presidential politics and the electorate's taste in candidates came true:
On July 26, 1920, the acerbic and cranky scribe wrote in The Baltimore Sun: " . . . all the odds are on the man who is, intrinsically, the most devious and mediocre — the man who can most easily (and) 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 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."
Today, in the National Post we learn that Stockboy is considering placing Iran's Revolutionary Guard on our very own terraist list, following the lead of the Bush administration yet once more.
And, if that weren't enough, a growing cholera problem is infesting Iraq. This is unconnected to Halliburton's splendid new water treatment plants of course.
Stevie and Stockboy and all the minions of the Canadian conservative movement move us ever closer to being the Bush administration's favorite middle power bumboy.
Mostly I despair these days.