teaches us anything at all it teaches us this: that a good politician,
under democracy, is quite as unthinkable as an honest burglar. His very
existence, indeed, is a standing subversion of the public good in every
rational sense. He is not one who serves the common weal; he is simply one
who preys upon the commonwealth."
H. L. Mencken, "The
Politician" Prejudices: A Selection (4th Series, 1924)