Next time you’re watching coverage of the anti-Obama “birther” movement, the health care reform “town hall” brawls, or the latest outrageous comments by Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, etc., consider what H.L. Mencken wrote in 1923: “The Anglo-Saxon American[‘s] history is a history of recurrent outbreaks of blind rage against peoples who have begun to worst him. . . . Theoretically launched against some imaginary inferiority in the non-Anglo-Saxon man, either as patriot, as democrat or as Christian, they are actually launched at his general superiority, his greater fitness to survive in the national environment. The effort is always to penalize him for winning in fair fight, to handicap him in such a manner that he will sink to the general level of the Anglo-Saxon population and, if possible, even below it.