Quotations From P.J. (PATRICK JAKE) O'ROURKE

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    The Republican convention, an event with the intellectual content of a Guns'n'Roses lyric attended by every ofay insurance broker in America who owns a pair of white shoes.
    P.J. (Patrick Jake) O'Rourke (b. 1947), U.S. journalist. "On the Blandwagon," Parliament of Whores (1991).

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  • 2.
    Newsmen believe that news is a tacitly acknowledged fourth branch of the federal system. This is why most news about government sounds as if it were federally mandated—serious, bulky and blandly worthwhile, like a high-fiber diet set in type.
    P.J. (Patrick Jake) O'Rourke (b. 1947), U.S. journalist. "The Dictatorship of Boredom: The Winners Go to Washington, D.C.," Parliament of Whores (1991).

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  • 3.
    There's something about Marxism that brings out warts—the only kind of growth this economic system encourages.
    P.J. (Patrick Jake) O'Rourke (b. 1947), U.S. journalist. repr. In Give War A Chance (1992). "The Death of Communism," Rolling Stone (New York, Nov. 1989).
  • 4.
    No drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we're looking for the sources of our troubles, we shouldn't test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power.
    P.J. (Patrick Jake) O'Rourke (b. 1947), U.S. journalist. "Studying For Our Drug Test," Give War A Chance (1992).

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  • 5.
    Government proposes, bureaucracy disposes. And the bureaucracy must dispose of government proposals by dumping them on us.
    P.J. (Patrick Jake) O'Rourke (b. 1947), U.S. journalist. "The Bureaucracy," Parliament of Whores (1991).
  • 6.
    Nothing bad's going to happen to us. If we get fired, it's not failure; its a midlife vocational reassessment.
    P.J. (Patrick Jake) O'Rourke (b. 1947), U.S. journalist. Rolling Stone (New York, Nov. 30, 1989).
  • 7.
    America is the world's policeman, all right—a big, dumb, mick flatfoot in the middle of the one thing cops dread most, a "domestic disturbance."
    P.J. (Patrick Jake) O'Rourke (b. 1947), U.S. journalist. repr. In Give War a Chance (1992). "Jordan," Rolling Stone (New York, Aug. 1990).

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  • 8.
    We spend all day broadcasting on the radio and TV telling people back home what's happening here. And we learn what's happening here by spending all day monitoring the radio and TV broadcasts from back home.
    P.J. (Patrick Jake) O'Rourke (b. 1947), U.S. journalist. "Gulf Diary," entry for January 31, 1991, Give War A Chance (1992, first published in Rolling Stone).

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  • 9.
    Seriousness is stupidity sent to college.
    P.J. (Patrick Jake) O'Rourke (b. 1947), U.S. journalist. "A Serious Problem," Give War A Chance (1992).
  • 10.
    Automobiles are free of egotism, passion, prejudice and stupid ideas about where to have dinner. They are, literally, selfless. A world designed for automobiles instead of people would have wider streets, larger dining rooms, fewer stairs to climb and no smelly, dangerous subway stations.
    P.J. (Patrick Jake) O'Rourke (b. 1947), U.S. journalist. "An Argument in Favor of Automobiles vs. Pedestrians," Give War a Chance (1992).

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