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The Nature of Political Power

Monday, February 13, 2017 10:19
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I posted this quote in a comment last night. I have reread it again and think it is worthy of a full post. It was written by P.J. O’Rourke in his book, Parliament of Whores: A Lone Humorist Attempts to Explain the Entire U.S. Government.

There is a lot of wisdom rolled up in this brief, economy of words. It is wisdom that many on the right understood during the Obama years but have forgotten as of late. It is wisdom many on the left ignored for years but have suddenly awoken to find them germane once again.

The reality is that these words are always relevant. Freedom and liberty are never the gifts of those who ambitiously pursue power. Those who pursue power are not engaging in the pursuit of it in order to throw it away. Men pursue power to wield power.

“Authority has always attracted the lowest elements in the human race. All through history, mankind has been bullied by scum. Those who lord it over their fellows and toss commands in every direction and would boss the grass in the meadow about which way to bend in the wind are the most depraved kind of prostitutes. They will submit to any indignity, perform any vile act, do anything to achieve power. The worst off-sloughings of the planet are the ingredients of sovereignty. Every government is a parliament of whores. The trouble is, in a democracy the whores are us.”


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