The theme in “Don’t Vote: It Just Encourages The Bastards”, if there is one: “Political science, if there were anything remotely scientific about it, would be searching for a cure… The only answer to politics is to reduce its power to do these things.” (page 253) My own thought while reading this book is our federal government is like a flooding river. We need to get it back inside its bank before we’re all washed away. The bank is the US Constitution and the reason the river is flooding is liberals thought flooding was a great way to make sure no one goes thirsty.
O’Rourke’s book is rather scatter-shot, which isn’t unusual for these political humor books. The writing is good and there are many excellent one liners. P.J. comes across more than a little depressed. Understandable, the book is written after Obama and Pelosi take over but before the ascent of the ‘Tea Party.’
After ranting for 250+ pages P.J. comes up with a solution, declare war on the Somalian Pirates. Of course he’s not serious, but it allows him to rewrite the lyrics to Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Pirates of Penzance” casting lead roles to Nancy Pelosi, President Obama, and Harry Reid.