These constituencies are then promised, that what they think they want will be forcibly taken from those who rightfully own it and subsequently given to them, even though they neither deserve it, nor have so much as lifted a finger to earn it. The process is little more than 'theft by proxy.' The actual thieves are, as noted above, contemptible gasbags. Recipients, when they go along, become petty thieves themselves, are thus altogether stripped of what little personal honor and dignity they may have once had.
Happily, nine times out of ten, those promises, like the prevaricators who make them, are worth nothing. The tenth time is made good only by looting the productive in order to mollify the willfully unproductive. In other words, our 'government' is a broker in pillage, and every so-called 'election' is little more than an auction of pilfered goods.
. . . Henry L. Mencken