I don't know how long Guffaw has had this up. I just noticed it -- his blog lead:
"The fact is that the average man's love of liberty is nine-tenths imaginary, exactly like his love of sense, justice and truth. Liberty is not a thing for the great masses of men. It is the exclusive possession of a small and disreputable minority, like knowledge, courage and honor. It takes a special sort of man to understand and enjoy liberty – and he is usually an outlaw in democratic societies." – H.L. Mencken, Baltimore Evening Sun, Feb. 12, 1923
I'm always happy to discover a Mencken paragraph I either never read or forgot about. Well chosen, Sir.