P.J. O’Rourke quote on fairness

I recently attended a humorous P.J. O’Rourke speech presented by Cato and Reason. O’Rourke was promoting his new book, Don’t Vote It Just Encourages the Bastards. It was a good speech. Among the many things O’Rourke said, this quote stood out. It’s a quote about fairness. O’Rourke did what good writers are supposed to do. He made me think about something common – something like fairness – from a different perspective.

“How will politics be able to make everything fair for everybody? This may be a valid concern, but I am immune to it because I have a 12-year-old daughter and it’s all I hear. It’s not fair. It’s not fair. It’s not fair. My friend has an iPad. It’s not fair. All my friends have iPads. You let my little sister do this. It’s not fair. One day I just blew up and I said to her, ‘Honey, you’re cute. That’s not fair. Your family’s pretty well-off. That’s not fair. You were born in the United States of America. That’s not fair. Darling, you had better get down on your knees and pray to God that things don’t start getting fair.'”

Felt like it would be a waste if I heard this fairness quote and did not share it.

Joe Donatelli
Joe Donatelli is a writer in Los Angeles
  • rowdyreda

    Great comment. I think it’s funny and profound.


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