You'll recall that PJ O'Rourke died in the New Year. I've not read much O'Rourke which I feel I ought to rectify given that he was witty, outspoken, insightful and irreverent.
Take this from Peace Kills:
“America is not a wily, sneaky nation. We don’t think that way. We don’t think much at all, thank God. Start thinking and pretty soon you get ideas, and then you get idealism, and the next thing you know you’ve got ideology, with millions dead in concentration camps and gulags. A fundamental American question is “What’s the big idea?”
As someone who occasionally remembers that I'm supposed to be liberal-minded, that is ...
"There is only one basic human right, the right to do as you damn well please. And with it comes the only basic human duty, the duty to take the consequences."
... it's good to be faced with comments such as: