IT’S ELECTION DAY IN AMERICA!
Time for all the knuckle dragging dipshits with half a clue what they are talking about to say something on their Facebook, Twitter, blog, nationally syndicated magazine, or cable news network.
It seems like a lot of the painfully hip and jaded around this time of year seem to drag out the quotes from people they think are clever or wise, and start tossing them around as if they are some sort of wizened sage or Zen master. In all actuality, the people they are quoting are the same type of people they are….people. You know, solipsistic, myoptic, and blind to the absolutely insane contradictions that they hold onto.
The most common quote is this one from George Carlin on voting:
Ah, yes. The, “I don’t vote so I get to complain,” one. You know the “Everyone sucks, so why bother, now I get to complain even more loudly,” quote.
Well, here’s another quote by Carlin:
So maybe it’s not the politicians who suck; maybe it’s something else. Like the public. That would be a nice realistic campaign slogan for somebody: “The public sucks. Elect me.” Put the blame where it belongs: on the people. Because if everything is really the fault of politicians, where are all the bright, honest, intelligent Americans who are ready to step in and replace them? Where are these people hiding? The truth is, we don’t have people like that. Everyone’s at the mall, scratching his balls and buying sneakers with lights in them. And complaining about the politicians.
Yeah. See that. It is the publics fault because we’re too damn stupid to vote for the right people. But wait? Aren’t we supposed to avoid voting and be the clever ones?
Here’s another quote of Carlin:
Most people seem to have been indoctrinated to believe that bullshit only comes from certain places, certain sources: advertising, politics, salesmen – not true. Bullshit is everywhere. Bullshit is rampant.
Wait? Is he saying even he is full of bullshit? So why are we quoting him?
Maybe he gives his own answer:
All your chanting, marching, voting, picketing, boycotting and letter-writing will not change a thing; you will never right the wrongs of this world. The only thing your activity will accomplish is to make some of you feel better.
Oh, maybe he is saying that tossing around clever, pithy quotes by a guy who made money on being cynical, is just a way to make you feel better about yourself. More clever.
What a crock of shit.
First he says he doesn’t vote, but he says that it’s the public that causes the issue, but he is advocating that the clever don’t vote so they can feel better about themselves, but that act really is just a way to make yourself feel better because it makes you feel clever and you beat the system.
Here, let me toss out another idea for you:
Maybe you should quit listening to a guy who said this as well:
They say if you scratch a cynic, you’ll find a disappointed idealist. And I would admit, that somewhere underneath all this there’s a little flicker of a flame of idealism that would love to see it all — huish! — change. But it can’t happen that way. And incremental change — it just seems the pile of shit is too deep.
Maybe you should quit listening to a guy who gave up hope, who got tired, quit giving a shit, and kept showing up on stage getting angrier and angrier because instead of us giving a shit about the things he pointed out, we fell into the pit of misery he did. Remember how at the end he seemed to hate all of us?
Maybe that’s why. We only heard him, but we didn’t listen to him.