Parliament of Whores: A Lone Humorist Attempts to Explain the Entire U.S. Government

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Open Road + Grove/Atlantic, Dec 1, 2007 - Humor - 240 pages
A #1 New York Times bestseller: “An everyman’s guide to Washington” by the savagely funny political humorist and author of How the Hell Did This Happen? (The New York Times).
 
P. J. O’Rourke’s Parliament of Whores has become a classic in understanding the workings of the American political system. Originally written at the end of the Reagan era, this new edition includes an extensive foreword by renowned journalist Andrew Ferguson—showing us that although the names may change, the game stays the same . . . or, occasionally, gets worse.
 
Parliament of Whores is a “gonzo civics book” that takes us through the ethical foibles, pork-barrel flimflam, and Beltway bureaucracy, leaving no sacred cow unskewered and no politically correct sensitivities unscorched (Chicago Tribune).
 
“Insulting, inflammatory, profane, and absolutely great reading.” —The Washington Post Book World
 

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PARLIAMENT OF WHORES: A Lone Humorist Attempts to Explain the Entire U.S. Government

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Is there anything funny left to say about our government? O'Rourke seems to think so, and here offers a fractured civics lesson in support of his notion that ``freedom is its own best punishment.'' It ... Read full review

Parliament of whores: a lone humorist attempts to explain the entire U. S. government

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Investigative humorist O'Rourke puts this vividly cynical examination of how our government works into perspective when he asks: "What the fuck do they do all day, and why does it cost so goddamned ... Read full review

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Contents

A POLITICAL BLANDWAGON
17
THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION
27
THE WINNERS GO TO WASHINGTON DC
34
THE THREE BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT MONEY TELEVISION AND BULLSHIT
47
CONGRESS
49
THE PRESIDENT
66
THE SUPREME COURT
75
THE BUREAUCRACY
85
HOW TO ENDOW PRIVATION
123
HOW TO TELL YOUR ASS FROM THIS PARTICULAR HOLE IN THE GROUND
142
VERY FOREIGN POLICY
154
CRY HAVOC AND LET SLIP THE HOGS OF PEACE
166
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS THE ORIGINAL BARREL OF MONKEYS THAT NOTHING IS MORE FUN THAN
183
THE NATIONAL MARCH FOR HOUSING NOW
185
THE ECOLOGISTS
193
THE SAVINGSANDLOAN CRISIS
200

THE FEDERAL BUDGET
94
OUR GOVERNMENT WHAT THE FUCK DO THEY DO ALL DAY AND WHY DOES IT COST SO GODDAMNED MUCH MONEY?
107
THE WHIFFLE LIFE
109
SOCIAL SECURITY
211
AT HOME IN THE PARLIAMENT OF WHORES
221
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Page 3 - This will be the manner of the king that shall reign over you : He will take your sons, and appoint them for himself, for his chariots, and to be his horsemen; and some shall run before his chariots.
Page 13 - Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the power and duties of his office...
Page 14 - The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it stop.
Page 19 - The Republicans are the party that says government doesn't work and then they get elected and prove it.

About the author (2007)

P. J. O’Rourke has written nineteen books, including Modern Manners, Parliament of Whores, and All the Trouble in the World. He has written for such publications as Car and Driver, Esquire, Vanity Fair, The New Republic, The New York Times Book Review, Parade, Harper’s Magazine, and Rolling Stone. He is currently editor-in-chief of American Consequences.

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