- Series: O'Rourke, P. J.
- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Grove Press (January 7, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0802139701
- ISBN-13: 978-0802139702
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 126 customer reviews
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clueless I've been for many years about how corrupt our republic has become.
The author's sharp wit and breezy style are just frosting on the cake.
The subject matter is deadly serious and the author has done an impressive
amount of study, research, travel and interviews with informed people.
This is a serious study and analysis of how far we have migrated from
the intentions of the admirable founders of our nation, and the extent of
our modern failures. I wish he would write another serious book that
brings us up to the present disastrous situation, and the dilemma of a
presidential election with no acceptable candidate on the ballot.
He also makes it abundantly clear that the fault, dear Brutus, lies not in the stars (or our leaders) but in ourselves. We want it all, but we don't want to pay for it.
Using the apt phrase, the arch observation, the deadly accurate thrust of wit to puncture the balloons of buffoonery he finds built into our system and the people who bungle and abuse it, he actually presents a factually serious account of what goes wrong and why it continues to go wrong. He just can't help doing so without a large dose of insightful and wicked humor. Written back in the days of Bush Senior, before 9/11, it really would be overwhelmingly depressing how little things have changed and how the DC Band Plays On no matter what, if you didn't find the horse laugh in it all.
You will never listen to a budget battle, or the justification for a farm bill, or just about any other pose or posture taken by our fearless leaders again without a smile on your face. Of course we, the public, continue to fund and support this nonsense so we have no one but ourselves to blame.
The Republic has been beset by fools, incompetents, liars, cheats, morons and pompous asses from its inception. Luckily for us, it has also always had its cynical observers, ready with the stilleto of reason and common sense to jab, torment, mock and debunk the participants in this carnival of clowns. P.J. O'Rourke takes his place in that long pantheon of wits from Henry Adams and Mark Twain, to H.L. Mencken, Will Rogers, Mort Sahl and the rest, who took great joy in pulling down Washington DC's collective pants while sounding a loud Bronx cheer. And that razzberry may be the clarion call that says, yes, we just might survive it all, one more time.