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The Founders’ Complaints Still Apply <– P.J. O’Rourke


“‘This is living!’ ‘I gotta be me!’ ‘Ain’t we got fun!’ It’s all there in the Declaration of Independence. We are the only nation in the world based on happiness. Search as you will the Maga Charta, the /Communist Manifesto/, the Ten Commandments, the Analects of Confucius, Plato’s /Republic/, the New Testament or the UN Charter, and find me any happiness at all.

There are twenty-seven specific complaints against the British Crown set forth in the Declaration of Independence.

To modern ears they still sound reasonable, in large part, because so many of them can be leveled against the federal government of the United States.

— P.J.O’Rourke, Parliament of Whores (1991)

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Posted by on July 5, 2012 in Humor, Liberty, Politics

 

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Free Will and Responsibility <- P.J. O'Rourke


P.J. O'Rourke, replete with cigar and obnoxiously confident grinOne of the annoying things about believing in free will and individual responsibility is the difficulty of finding somebody to blame your problems on.

And when you do find somebody, it’s remarkable how often his picture turns up on your driver’s license.

P. J. O’Rourke, Rolling Stone Magazine, November 1989

 
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Posted by on October 8, 2009 in Humor, Politics, sentience

 

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Writer’s Bloque


a1700Usually, writers will do anything to avoid writing.

For instance, the previous sentence was written at one o’clock this afternoon. It is now a quarter to four. I have spent the past two hours and forty-five minutes:

  • Sorting my neckties by width,
  • looking up the word paisly in three dictionaries,
  • attempting to find the town of that name on The New York Times Atlas of the World map of Scotland,
  • sorting my reference books by width,
  • trying to get the bookcase to stop wobbling by stuffing a matchbook cover under its corner,
  • dialing the telephone number on the matchbook cover to see if I should take computer courses at night,
  • looking at the computer ads in the newspaper and deciding to buy a computer because writing seems to be so difficult on my old Remington,
  • reading an interesting article on sorghum farming in Uruguay that was in the newspaper next to the computer ads,
  • cutting that and other interesting articles out of the newspaper,
  • sorting – by width – all the interesting articles I’ve cut out of newspapers recently,
  • fastening them neatly together with paper clips and making a very attractive paper clip necklace and bracelet set…

…which I will present to my girlfriend as soon as she comes home from the three-hour low-impact aerobic workout that I made her go to so I could have some time alone to write.
P.J. O’Rourke, The Wit and Wisdom of P. J. O’Rourke

 
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Posted by on September 13, 2009 in Humor

 

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Climate Bogeyman


going-green-bad-environmentGreenpeace fund-raisers on the subject of global warming are not much different than tribal wizards on the subject of lunar eclipses. “Oh no, the Night Wolf is eating the Moon Virgin. Give me some silver and I’ll make him spit her out.”

– P.J.O’RourkeAll the Trouble in the World

 
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Posted by on August 25, 2009 in environment, Politics

 

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The Cost of Free Health Care


chained-caduceus-rightIf you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it’s free.

– P. J. O’RoarkeThe Liberty Manifesto



But Now You Know:

Who Are the 47 Million Uninsured?

 
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Posted by on August 17, 2009 in Health, Politics

 

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