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Political Wisdom from The Bard

Here’s a letter of mine published in today’s New York Post:

Although Kirsten Powers recognizes that Democrats howled in protest
against Bush’s presidency, she’s shocked that Republicans now howl in
protest against the prospect of an Obama presidency ("Deranged by O,"
PostOpinion, Oct. 29).

In politics, such histrionics are inevitable.

As H.L. Mencken observed, "Under democracy, one party always
devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is
unfit to rule – and both commonly succeed, and are right."

Donald J. Boudreaux,
Fairfax, Va.

This Mencken quotation is from H.L. Mencken, Minority Report (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997 [1956]), p. 222.