"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."
P. J. O'Rourke
(1947-2022) US humorist, journalist, & political commentator
Parliament of Whores
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Nero, Stalin, Hitler, Lincoln, FDR, LBj,....
 -- Cal, Lewisville, TX     
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     -- david Postal, Phoenix      
    Time to clean up the whorehouse... and NOT leave the business intact.
     -- Matthew, Peoples Republik of Kalifornia     
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    The once upon a time republican form of government that existed on this land has been replaced by a occupying statist theocracy of whores (the whores call it a democracy).
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. How many are doing anything about compelled compliance (Obamacare for one), licensing, victimless crimes, larceny with impunity, non-recognition of inalienable rights. How many are taking from the stolen booty (social security, and other government hand outs) and conducting themselves in a manner to just avoid controversy. I could here give a good comparison to prostitution but the point is obvious.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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     -- Tookie D. Walthall, San Antonio      
    It is in full bloom now and much is lost for those who step out of line.

     -- abby     
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    The true advocate of democracy is a wholesome contributor to the advancement of humankind. What can I do for my country?
     -- Fredrick William Sillik, Anytown up     
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    Every government is a parliament of whores.

     -- E Archer, NYC     
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