the quotable Bard of Baltimore who always hit the nail on the head ....
A good politician
is quite as unthinkable
as an honest burglar.
The whole aim of practical politics
is to keep the populace alarmed
(and hence clamorous to be led to safety)
by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins,
all of them imaginary.*
Democracy is also a form of worship.
It is the worship of Jackals by Jackasses.