Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Henry Louis Mencken (18801956)
The legislature, like the executive, has ceased to be even the creature of the people: it is the creature of pressure groups, and most of them, it must be manifest, are of dubious wisdom and even more dubious honesty. Laws are no longer made by a rational process of public discussion; they are made by a process of blackmail and intimidation, and they are executed in the same manner. The typical lawmaker of today is a man wholly devoid of principlea mere counter in a grotesque and knavish game . If the right pressure could be applied to him he would be cheerfully in favor of chiropractic, astrology or cannibalism.
H. L. MENCKEN, The Library, The American Mercury, May 1930, p. 123.
This view of Menckens comes from his book review of The Dissenting Opinions of Mr. Justice Holmes (1930).