A favorite of mine, ever since I first heard it uttered by a patron in a bar I tended in 1992:
Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.
This scathing observation, a paraphrasing of of something H.L. Mencken wrote in the 20th Century, is a fantastic contortion of the English language whose very wickedness is empowered by the backwards nature of the verbal assault.
I was reminded of it when I read this story about yet another MSM pop-poll which chides President Trump for his failure to motivate this nebulous group known as “Americans” into anything resembling a sense of affinity for his Presidency.
Donald Trump has the lowest ever six-month approval ratings for a US President, according to a new poll.
The survey released yesterday showed just 36% of Americans thought he was doing a good job.
This was the lowest since polling started 70 years ago, with only Gerald Ford coming close to the number with 39% in February 1975.
His disapproval rating was also at a record high at 58%, according to the ABC News and The Washington Post survey.
You know what?
There are plenty of folks who view this “disapproval” by Americans as an auspicious and endearing thing. The MSM proclaims such “statistics” proudly, as if such a distinction should be construed as a condemnation. Quite the contrary. Trump’s strength is his single-minded boldness and refutation of business as usual: that business which is known as the tired American political rigmarole that is getting us nowhere.
On that note, I would like to tweak Mencken’s words:
No one ever started a revolution overestimating the intelligence of the American public.