P. J. O'RourkeP. J. O'Rourke, (1947-2022) US humorist, journalist, & political commentator

P. J. O'Rourke Quote

“When a government controls both the economic power of individuals and the coercive power of the state ... this violates a fundamental rule of happy living: Never let the people with all the money and the people with all the guns be the same people.”

P. J. O'RourkeP. J. O'Rourke
~ P. J. O'Rourke

Ratings and Comments

Anonymous, Reston, VA US

The perfect justification for taking away all the guns and voting the GOP out of all elected offices!

Me Again
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Me Again    4/28/06

This is a great quote for a T shirt.I love it,I love it,I love it. It would get ordinary minds to think outside the box. Maybe initiate an American Dialogue on the subject.

dmhlt, Hometown, USA

Here, Here!

Mike, Norwalk

Wow, and to think he wrote this even before the Obamunist change fully implemented this violation.

J. B. Wulff, Bristol

Glad to see PJ included! I love his stuff! Our only ultimate defense lies in that wonderful Bill of Rights line, ever under attack, "The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed!" Notice that our current CIC and his lady delight in joking about her right to "bare arms." Subtle, NOT!

J Carlton, Calgary

here's another way the Obamunist regime is disarming Americans. I wonder where its all going? Cattle Cars? http://www.theshootist.net/2009/03/dod-ends-sale-of-expended-military.html

jim k, austin

It's so much easier to control the citizens when they are disarmed. The Obamunists and the usual suspects are trying to do it right now.

Big Jon, San Diego

When the time comes, and it WILL come, how many are you willing to take with you? Or will we go quietly in the night like the Germans with the Nazis? The path of the O-bomination in the White House and the Dimms in the Congress WILL lead to the government attempting to disarm Americans. They not only realize the path they have put us on since the 60s, they EMBRACE it!

E Archer, NYC

How in the world has the consciousness of Americans switched from knowing that they are the holders of all the money and guns to allowing the government to take all the money and the guns? Have we forgotten who we are? I think our government has already been hijacked and that we owe no allegience to the Bush's, Clinton's, BO, and any other of their ilk now deeply entrenched in both political parties. Fact is, the banks have total control of the money and the government and therefore do not want the citizens armed -- because sooner or later, the people are going to figure this out.

warren, olathe

Too late. It has already happened. The rest of the private businesses are going to fall like dominoes. I fear that when the people start to wake up there will be no guns to buy, no access to any media, and not even a street corner soap box safe to speak from. No opposition will be allowed.

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Anon    5/13/09

E. Archer---so very true.----------- "The issue which has swept down the centuries and which will have to be fought sooner or later is the people versus the banks." Lord Acton----------------- "The issue today is the same as it has been throughout all history, whether man shall be allowed to govern himself or be ruled by a small elite." Thomas Jefferson

Beautifulwoman2, Anywhere

O'Rourke has done it again, I agree 100% and have always maintained that those that have the Gold rule...the PTB (powers that be) have all the money, all the guns and they are in control. It doesn't matter that we don't like it, there is really nothing you can do about it, because one way or the other they are going to win. We cannot tell them what to do, they determined and set in motion a long time ago what would happen to this country. Now they put up the face you see as the leader is just a puppet, either he does what PTB wants, or dies, or is diabled. Study your history, this is nothing new. We can complain in these venues for years to come, but they still rule. We can't out number them in money or in arms. So with these thougts in mind, what do we do, we keep telling people what is happening until we get the majority convinced, in the meantime we make preparations. The day will come when we will have to make a decision about where we stand and how much more we will take, on that day, we will get their attention. All in due season. When its right it will happen, when enough people are tired of our money being spent on lies that have been perpetrated on us by the administration in charge, when we get fed-up enough we will band together and force them to make changes. Until that time, do like NOAH did, keep building that ARK.

PS, Cape Coral, Florida

Yes, we have devolved into a nation of 300 million (+/-) sheeple, the majority of whom will not wake up until it is far too late (I think we may already be there).

Mike, Norwalk

To date, the CCP's criminal puppet that wold be king/god is issuing divine canons (executive orders) on the subject matter to bring about the here topic's realization.


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