Monday, August 3, 2015

Quickies: Today’s Mandatory Reading

     Politics: n. from poli: “many;” and tics: “loathsome little bloodsuckers.” – Origin unknown.

     P. J. O’Rourke nails it to the barn wall:

     All politicians hate people. Politics is a way to gain power over people without justification for having that power. Nothing in the 11,000-year history of politics—going back to the governing elites of Mesopotamia—indicates that politicians are wiser, smarter, kinder, more moral, or better skilled at any craft (aside from politics) than we are.

     But political rulers need the acquiescence of the ruled to slake the craving for power. Politicians hate you the way a junkie hates junk.

     Read it all. No excuses.


Dystopic said...

This is it, in a nutshell. And the comparison of politicians to whores is particularly apt. And, just as you pay the whore to leave, so must you pay the politician to go.

But at least the whore *does* go when paid.

Navvet55 said...

And at least the whore provides the expected service(s), where as with the politician, often times this is not the case. (Politicians not keeping promises? Why I'm shocked!! Shocked, I tell you!!)

Guy S, retired Sailor, and man about town.

Pascal said...

IIRC, O'Rourke published Parliament of Whores sometime in the early 1990s. It was funny then.