February 10, 2016
The United States of Babin

From Wikipedia:

The Babin Republic was a satirical, literary and carnival society founded in 1568 in Babin, Poland. Its Latin motto was: Omnis Homo Mendax (“Every man is a liar”).

The Babin Republic was set up as a parody of a republican state. To this end, the Republic bestowed sarcastic “offices” and “titles” to those who embarrassed themselves in public due to some fault or folly, and to those who told ridiculously untrue stories. People with poor speaking skills were declared “Speakers of the Republic”, gossipmongers were made members of the “Secret Council”, litigious people were declared “Justices of the Peace”, people who exaggerated their hunting exploits were made “Masters of the Hunt”, etc.

None of which would have seemed exaggerated at at all to H.L. Mencken, who wrote in 1918 that…
the men the American people admire most extravagantly are the most daring liars; the men they detest most violently are those who try to tell them the truth. A Galileo could no more be elected president of the United States than he could be elected Pope of Rome. Both high posts are reserved for men favored by God with an extraordinary genius for swathing the bitter facts of life in bandages of soft illusion.

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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at February 10, 2016 02:29 PM
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Mencken was only batting .500. Look at Pope Francis.

Posted by: Aitch Jay on February 10, 2016 4:20 PM

I'd say .333, considering Pope John XIII.

Posted by: Special Ed on February 11, 2016 1:07 PM

Mencken was writing in 1918, so he was actually batting 1.000 wasn't he?

Posted by: John Boy on February 13, 2016 1:34 PM
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