Thoughts on Politics by PJ O'Rourke

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Richard King

Puritan Board Senior
Astute Observations on Politics

"Politics is evil.
Ten years ago I thought politics was misguided.
But the events of the past decade"”indeed, of the past 10 or a dozen decades"”have proven me wrong.
The sum and substance of politics was expressed in the 1860s by Nicholas Chernyshevskii, a prescient Russian radical: 'Man is god to man.'
And politics violates the other nine commandments as well. Politics could hardly function without bearing false witness.
Likewise, without taking the Lord's name in vain. This is especially true given that, in politics, the Lord who is so loosely sworn by is Mankind.
In the modern era politics has taken the place of mere tyranny.
The result has been more killing in one century than in all the preceding centuries combined. Covetousness and stealing define redistributive politics.
Without redistribution politics would have no political support.
Graven image is as good a name as any for the fiat money by which politics operates.
Politics' insistence upon involvement in every human activity, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, is more anti-Sabbatarian than golf.
The Social Security system is no way to honor thy father and thy mother.
And as for adultery, there was, and there may be still, Bill Clinton...
Observe our national politics.
Observe politics around the world. Observe politics through the ages. Does it look like God's handiwork? When it comes to having a role in politics, that would be ...the Other Fellow." "”P.J. O'Rourke
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