Don't Vote - It Just Encourages the Bastards [NOOK Book]

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Put the country's big, fat political ass on a diet. Lose that drooping deficit. Slim those spreading entitlement programs. Firm up that flabby pair of butt cheeks which are the Senate and the House.

Having had a lot of fun with what politicians do, P.J. O'Rourke now has a lot of fun with what we should think about those politicians. Nothing good, to be sure. Best-selling humorist P.J. O’Rourke is back with his latest political masterpiece, ...
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Overview


Put the country's big, fat political ass on a diet. Lose that drooping deficit. Slim those spreading entitlement programs. Firm up that flabby pair of butt cheeks which are the Senate and the House.

Having had a lot of fun with what politicians do, P.J. O'Rourke now has a lot of fun with what we should think about those politicians. Nothing good, to be sure. Best-selling humorist P.J. O’Rourke is back with his latest political masterpiece, Don't Vote—It Just Encourages The Bastards. Using his signature wit and keen observational skills, O’Rourke reflects on his forty year career as a political commentator, spanning his addlepated hippie youth to his current state of right-wing grouch maturity. Don't Vote—It Just Encourages The Bastards is a brilliant, disturbing, hilarious and sobering look at why politics and politicians are a necessary evil--but only just barely necessary. Read P.J. O'Rourke on the pathetic nature of politics and laugh through your tears or—what the hell—just laugh.
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Conservative political humorist P.J. O'Rourke flourishes in adversity. Whether he's making fun of Americans' unwillingness to contemplate the realities of foreign policy (Peace Kills) or flogging the institutions of the U.S. government (Parliament of Whores), this wily satirist thrives most when he can hurl his darts at subjects in power. His Don't Vote, It Just Encourages the Bastards exhibits O'Rourke in full throttle, uproarious splendor. In its pages, he presents a skeptical theory of politics that libertarian-leaning readers will especially relish.

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O'Rourke (On the Wealth of Nations) continues his libertarian attack of current politics. The author, an early editor at National Lampoon, takes on weighty topics like the Bill of Rights, climate change, health care reform, government bailouts, and foreign policy. When he wants to be serious, he quotes from John Locke and Thomas Hobbes; when he wants to be humorous, he brings up Joe Biden and Harry Reid. Republicans get a free ride mostly; if the subject is accumulation of power, Nancy Pelosi tops Dick Cheney. O'Rourke admits he's not a deep thinker, which is why when it comes to stem-cell research, he simply accepts that the dogma of his Catholicism clashes with scientific claims. But without further investigation, he embraces former president Bush's opposition to the research and lambastes president Obama ("damn wrong") for overturning the ban. When all else fails, use a dictionary definition, and O'Rourke breaks out his Webster's more than once. He works hard to lard his arguments with humor, but like much partisan work, these essays are best appreciated by those who already believe. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802196262
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/5/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 425,572
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author


P.J. O’Rourke is the author of 13 books, including Parliament of Whores and Give War a Chance, both of which were #1 New York Times best sellers. His most recent book is Driving Like Crazy.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Apologia Pro !%@& Sua

PART I THE SEX, DEATH, AND BOREDOM THEORY OF POLITICS

1 Kill Fuck Marry 5

2 Politics Makes Us Free---And We're Worth It 9

3 A Digression on Happiness 25

4 The Happy Realization That All Freedoms Are Economic Freedoms (And Failure Is an Option) 35

5 The Murderous Perverted Nuptial Bliss Method of Establishing Political Principles 49

6 The Purgatory of Freedom and the Hell of Politics 63

7 Morality in Politics---And What's It Doing in There? 83

8 Taxes 97

9 More Taxes 103

10 Being Penny-Wise 107

PART II WHAT IS TO BE DONE?

1 The U.S.S. Thresher Bailout and the Washing-Machine-for-Her-Birthday Stimulus Plan 117

2 And While We're at It 125

3 Generation Vex 129

4 Health Care Reform 133

5 Climate Change 149

6 The End of the American Automobile Industry 151

7 The Trade Imbalance 159

8 Gun Control 165

9 Campaign Finance Reform 169

10 Terrorism 177

11 Foreign Policy 185

12 Foreign Policy, Part Two---It Keeps Getting More Foreign 191

PART III PUTTING OUR BIG, FAT POLITICAL ASS ON A DIET

1 Why I'm Right 205

2 Where the Right Went Wrong 219

3 A Digression on Shouting at Each Other 233

4 The Next Big Stink 243

5 The Fix Is In 251

6 All Hands on Deck 269

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