Don't Vote It Just Encourages the Bastards
Atlantic Monthly Press
On Sale: September 21, 2010
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Humor | Non-Fiction Political
Red State. Blue State. Republicans. Democrats. Bailout.
Stimulus. Health Care Reform. Blah blah blah. Has there ever
been a moment where politics have sucked any more?
Don’t Vote – It Just Encourages the Bastards is a brilliant,
disturbing, hilarious, and
ultimately sobering look at why politics and politicians are
a necessary evil — but only just barely necessary. P. J.
presents his Sex, Death, and Boredom Theory of Politics,
which breaks the social contract down to power, freedom, and
responsibility by using a party game, Kill, F@#k, Marry,
more typically found in late-night giggle sessions at
all-girls boarding schools.
With this tripartite lens of politics, O’Rourke looks at the
financial crisis (“The best investment I’ve made lately? I
left a $20 bill in the pocket of my tweed jacket last
spring, and I just found it”), the bailout, health care
reform (“Something doesn’t add up. Politicians are telling
me that I can smoke, drink, gain two hundred pounds, then
win an iron man triathlon at age ninety-five”), the stimulus
package, climate change (“There’s not a god-damn thing you
can do about it . . . There are 1.3 billion people in China
and they all want a Buick”), trade imbalance, the end of the
American automobile industry, U.S. foreign policy and the
Family of Nations (“Uncle Russia’s out on parole, drunk,
unemployed, and likely to kill some folks next door again
soon”), campaign finance reform, gun control, No Child Left
Behind (“What if they deserve to be left behind?”), and
pretty much everything else under the sun.
His findings: 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.
Listen to 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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