… is from page 71 of the 2009 edition of H.L. Mencken’s 1926 Notes on Democracy :
There is, first, the mob, theoretically and in fact the ultimate judge of all ideas and source of all power. There is, second, the camorra of self-seeking minorities, each seeking to inflame, delude and victimize it. The political process thus becomes a mere battle of rival rogues. But the mob remains quite free to decide between them. It may even, under the hand of God, decide for a minority that happens, by some miracle, to be relatively honest and enlightened. If, in common practice, it sticks to the thieves, it is only because their words are words it understands and their ideas are ideas it cherishes.