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Parliament of Whores: A Lone Humorist Attempts to Explain the Entire U.S. Government Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Why does O'Rourke believe that the United States government remains unchecked?

O'Rourke says that the government remains unchecked because the people are disengaged from a boring, impenetrable political process. He believes people are not interested in keeping up with the government because it ultimately fails to address their needs. O'Rourke refutes the notion that Americans do not understand their rightful place in the operation of a democracy.

2. Describe the world O'Rourke envisions when he points out the flaws of the "majority rules" system.

O'Rourke pictures a world in which every meal is pizza and all pants are denim. With women being the majority, everyone is married to Mel Gibson. He is saying that majority rule undermines personal choice and freedom.

3. What does O'Rourke think about the modern high school civics text book?

O'Rourke finds the book both politicized and boring. He says that a society based on the pursuit of happiness will not be able to bring themselves to read dry texts, factual or not.

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