Patrick Jake O'Rourke

(1947 / Toledo, Ohio)

Patrick Jake O'Rourke Quotes

  • ''I like to think of my behavior in the sixties as a "learning experience." Then again, I like to think of anything stupid I've done as a "learning experience." It makes me feel less stupid.''
    P.J. (Patrick Jake) O'Rourke (b. 1947), U.S. journalist. speech, Oct. 1987, Second Thoughts Conference, Washington, D.C.. "Second Thoughts About the Sixties," published in Give War a Chance (1992).
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  • ''No drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we're looking for the sources of our troubles, we shouldn't test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power.''
    P.J. (Patrick Jake) O'Rourke (b. 1947), U.S. journalist. "Studying For Our Drug Test," Give War A Chance (1992).
  • ''Government proposes, bureaucracy disposes. And the bureaucracy must dispose of government proposals by dumping them on us.''
    P.J. (Patrick Jake) O'Rourke (b. 1947), U.S. journalist. "The Bureaucracy," Parliament of Whores (1991).
  • ''There's something about Marxism that brings out warts—the only kind of growth this economic system encourages.''
    P.J. (Patrick Jake) O'Rourke (b. 1947), U.S. journalist. repr. In Give War A Chance (1992). "The Death of Communism," Rolling Stone (New York, Nov. 1989).
  • ''West Germans are tall, pert and orthodontically corrected, with hands, teeth and hair as clean as their clothes and clothes as sharp as their looks. Except for the fact that they all speak English pretty well, they're indistinguishable from Americans.''
    P.J. (Patrick Jake) O'Rourke (b. 1947), U.S. journalist. repr. In Give War a Chance (1992). "The Death of Communism," Rolling Stone (Nov. 1989).
  • ''Ideology, politics and journalism, which luxuriate in failure, are impotent in the face of hope and joy.''
    P.J. (Patrick Jake) O'Rourke (b. 1947), U.S. journalist. repr. In Give War a Chance (1992). "The Death of Communism," Rolling Stone (New York, Nov. 1989).
  • ''Newsmen believe that news is a tacitly acknowledged fourth branch of the federal system. This is why most news about government sounds as if it were federally mandated—serious, bulky and blandly worthwhile, like a high-fiber diet set in type.''
    P.J. (Patrick Jake) O'Rourke (b. 1947), U.S. journalist. "The Dictatorship of Boredom: The Winners Go to Washington, D.C.," Parliament of Whores (1991).
  • ''In our brief national history we have shot four of our presidents, worried five of them to death, impeached one and hounded another out of office. And when all else fails, we hold an election and assassinate their character.''
    P.J. (Patrick Jake) O'Rourke (b. 1947), U.S. journalist. "The President," Parliament of Whores (1991).
  • ''Whatever it is that the government does, sensible Americans would prefer that the government do it to somebody else. This is the idea behind foreign policy.''
    P.J. (Patrick Jake) O'Rourke (b. 1947), U.S. journalist. "Very Foreign Policy," Parliament of Whores (1991).
  • ''Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.''
    P.J. (Patrick Jake) O'Rourke (b. 1947), U.S. journalist. "Why God Is a Republican and Santa Claus Is a Democrat," preface, Parliament of Whores (1991).

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