… is from page 147 of the 2009 edition of the incomparable H.L. Mencken’s 1926 book, Notes on Democracy :
For it is one of the peculiar intellectual accomplishments of democracy that the concept of the insoluble becomes unfashionable – nay, almost infamous. To lack a remedy is to lack the very license to discuss disease. The causes of this are to be sought, without question, in the nature of democracy itself. It came into the world as a cure-all, and it remains primarily a cure-all to this day. Any boil upon the body politic, however vast and raging, may be relieved by taking a vote; any flux of blood may be stopped by passing a law. The aim of government is to repeal the laws of nature, and re-enact them with moral amendments.