… is from page 110 of the 2009 edition of the incomparable H.L. Mencken’s 1926 book, Notes on Democracy  (link added):
Under democracy, says [Émile] Faguet , the business of law-making becomes a series of panics – government by orgy and orgasm.
DBx: Indeed. Behold the lockdowns. Behold the various ‘Covid stimulus’ bills. Behold the cruel comedies taking place in most state capitals across America, in many locales, and on the Potomac.
What a disgusting spectacle.