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Republican Party Reptile : The Confessions, Adventures, Essays, and (Other) Outrages of...
What is the Republican Party Reptile? It is a creature of the eighties. It's neoconservatism with its pants down around its ankles, the Rehnquist Supreme Court on drugs, a disco Hobbes living without shame or federally mandated safety regulations. The Republican Party Reptile supports a strong defense policy, but sees no reason to conduct it while sober. The RPR believes in minimum government interference in private affairs--unless the government brings over extra girls and some ice. In short, the RPR is the new label that our political spectrum has been crying out for--the conservative with a sense of humor and a healthy dose of depravity.
Here, in the twenty-one pieces collected in this book, P.J. O'Rourke, reactionary and humorist, articulates this strange new philosophy and shows us the progenitor of the species--namely himself--in action. O'Rourke visits the Lebanese civil war and the Marcos election campaign, sees Russia through the bottom of vodka bottle, examines sundry aspects of Western civilization such as the great bicycle menace and the history of the last fifteen minutes, and even explains how to drive a pickup truck into the woods at sixty miles an hour. Mean, outrageous, and always funny, O'Rourke is, as Christopher Buckley has said, "S.J. Perelman on acid."
The Platform of the Republican Party Reptiles:
"I think our agenda is clear. We are opposed to: government spending, Kennedy kids, seat-belt laws, busing our children anywhere other than Yale, trailer courts near our vacation homes, all tiny Third World countries that don't have banking secrecy laws, aerobics, the UN, taxation without tax loop�holes, and jewelry on men. We are in favor of: guns, drugs, fast cars, free love (if our wives don't find out), a sound dollar, and a strong military with spiffy uniforms.
"There are thousands of people in America who feel this way, especially after three or four drinks. If all of us would unite and work together, we could give this country. . . well, a real bad hangover."
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September 01, 1995
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