"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." I'm not a big fan of Henry Louis Mencken (1880-1956), but he seems to have gotten that right. Viewing with cynicism in 1920, how would he view politics in the 21st century? If politicians can't find a problem to save us from, they'll create one.
I also like this quote of his: "The ideal Government of all reflective men, from Aristotle onward, is one which lets the individual alone—one which barely escapes being no government at all." Oh, for less government!