Малоизвестный полковник (не полковник) House
, а Huis
), архитектор Лиги Наций, Версальского договора и еще много чего
, написал неудобочитаемый роман Philip Dru: Administrator
(1912). Вот оттуда цитата:
He began by eliminating all states he knew the opposition party would certainly carry [...] He also ignored the states where his side was sure to win [...] He divided each of these states into units containing five thousand voters [...]. Of the five thousand there would be two thousand voters that no kind of persuasion could turn from his party and two thousand that could not be changed from the opposition. This would leave one thousand doubtful ones to win over. So he [...] got down to a complete analysis of the debatable one thousand. Information was obtained as to their race, religion, occupation and former political predilection. It was easy then to know how to reach each individual by literature, by persuasion or perhaps by some more subtle argument. No mistake was made by sending the wrong letter or the wrong man to any of the desired one thousand.
— Chapter XIV, The Making of a President.
Зря, значит, г-н Вашингтон в Farewell Address
старался, предупреждал: „I have already intimated to you the danger of parties in the state... [This spirit of partisanship] exists under different shapes in all governments, more or less stifled, controlled, or repressed; but, in those of the popular form, it is seen in its greatest rankness, and is truly their worst enemy
“—крышка захлопнулась уже к началу 20-го века. Выделение везде наше.
А вот ещё от основателей:
I once thought our Constitution was quasi or mixed government, but they [Democratic-Republicans!] have now made it, to all intents and purposes, in virtue, in spirit, and in effect, a democracy. We are left without resources but in our prayers and tears, and have nothing that we can do or say, but the Lord have mercy on us.
Кто же этот злодей, использующий слово „демократия“ как ругательство? Некий John Adams, of all people