Still applicable today
posted on 04/06/2002 10:19:59 AM PST
posted on 04/06/2002 10:22:19 AM PST
Thanks for posting this classic!
To: breakem; Gail Wynand
most excellent bump....
For another example of Mencken's eerie ability to be ahead of his time, check out: THE UPLIFTERS TRY IT AGAIN
This essay, first published in 1925, lays out the classic arguments *against* gun control, while rebutting the classic arguments *for* gun control. You'll find that nothing has changed in 77 years.
The new law that it advocated, indeed, is one of the most absurd specimens of jackass legislation ever heard of, even in this paradise of legislative donkeyism. Its single and sole effect would be to exaggerate enormously all of the evils it proposes to put down. It would not take pistols out of the hands of rogues and fools; it would simply take them out of the hands of honest men. The gunman today has great advantages everywhere. He has artillery in his pocket, and he may assume that, in the large cities, at least two-thirds of his prospective victims are unarmed. But if the Nation's proposed law (or amendment) were passed and enforced, he could assume safely that all of them were unarmed.
posted on 04/06/2002 11:04:28 AM PST
by Dan Day
I'd vote for it. It's less left-wing than what we have today. :->
At least it is a constitution. We don't have one now. Between the Courts, Congress and the Executive they have completely destroyed the one we had.
Thanks for this thread---used to read Mencken a gazillion years ago....gee the guy had foresight!!!!!
To: dead culture watch
You'll like this one!
To: RonDog;Mudboy Slim;ChaseR;LarryLied;BiggRed;connectthedots
This is worth reading.
Mencken rules BUMP LOL
posted on 04/06/2002 11:31:35 AM PST
To: victoria delsoul; madameaxe; tpaine; owk; nunya bidness; mercuria; redrock...
Boy ! Bill Clinton must have borrowed heavily from this one !
Clarence B Carson has it writtian in his set "Basic History of the United States". Thanks for posting it! Its too bad that he, like many conservatives of his era, held to the enlightenment view of religion (the man hated Christians worse than Ayn Rand), the man was a censored beacon of Old Right truth in regards to the Roosevelt Revolution. This is as funny now as it was yesterday, and you laugh to keep from crying.
All your freedoms
All your liberties
Are belong to us.
Mencken is King! I read an anthology of his work -- his heyday being in the 20's and 30's -- a few years ago. Find it and read it. It's hilarious!
His 1925 eluogy of William Jennings Bryan is a classic. If you believe FDR is the father and Woodrow Wilson is the grandfather of all in the world that is f***** up, than Bryan is the GREAT grandfather!
Bryan was a combination of Adlai Stevenson (loser), Al Gore (insufferable), and Hillary Clinton (puke inducing) all rolled into one.
And Mencken was the only one with the balls to say so.
posted on 04/07/2002 10:04:34 AM PDT
posted on 04/07/2002 12:20:02 PM PDT
All of this has come to pass under the current Constitution. There is no need for Mencken's version.
posted on 04/08/2002 10:19:00 AM PDT
Not only is it still applicable today....I think the idiots in government have mistaken Mencken's work for the REAL thing!!!!
Maybe...they need to be told of their mistake...
posted on 04/09/2002 12:04:50 AM PDT
posted on 05/11/2002 11:41:47 PM PDT
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