Tyrants deserve to be ridiculed. Their monopolistically coercive actions against the hapless citizenry is indicative of a phenomenal cowardice that seeks to control people behind a veil of propaganda that utilizes others to perform the dirty work. Exposing the absurdity of it all is the humourous way to demonstrate that the empire, indeed, has no clothes.
Majority rule is a highly overblown value, much like democracy itself. Political party conventions are marathon sessions of extreme boredom, Congress can’t do something as simple as balancing a budget, and private organizations like the Guardian Angels (as unarmed amateur crime fighters) produce results that are much more effective that governmental welfare policy (hell, the government at various levels can’t even keep illegal drugs out of their own prisons). The Perennially Indigent can’t be ignored either, for as this conglomeration of special interests ranging between Marxists, rich young kids, angry ghetto rats, angrier feminists, and hippies testifies that you don’t need a plan for actually solving problems on your own, for all you need to do is nasally whine to the government that you “deserve” a handout, no matter what the cost (either morally or monetarily).
The author examines various domestic and foreign issues alike, especially the mechanizations of the warfare State and the welfare State. His insightful quips blast apart the holy reverence that the mainline public has for government beneficence. Pouring truth onto a canvas of lies, O’Rourke illuminates his readers that special interest lobbying is not only inherently corrupt, but also that at best, government is incompetent, and at worse, government is tyrannical. He seems to come to this painful conclusion during a local New England town meeting when he states:
“It wasn’t mere disillusionment that I experienced. Government isn’t a good way to solve problems; I already knew that…[w]hat I hadn’t realized was [that] government is morally wrong. The whole idea of our government is this: If enough people get together and act in concert, they can take something and not pay for it… [w]e were going to use our suffrage to steal a fellow citizen’s property rights. We weren’t even going to take the manly risk of holding him up at gunpoint… [a]uthority has always attracted the lowest elements in the human race. All through history mankind has been bullied by scum… [e]very government is a parliament of whores. The trouble is, in a democracy the whores are us.”
I seriously doubt that truer words have ever been spoken, at least in the sphere of politics.
P.J. O’Rourke’s Parliament of Whores: A Lone Humorist Attempts to Explain the Entire U.S. Government is a must read for every single political dissident. O’Rourke’s illustrious descriptions of the crazy absurdity of legislative rituals, bureaucratic bundling, and judicial gymnastics will have you busting a gut in no time. If we only had more P.J.’s around, we might just be able to laugh our way out of tyranny.