Tuesday, November 02, 2010

A Little Bit of Cynical Election Day Comedy, Courtesy of George Carlin

NEW YORK—Everyone says that if you don't vote, you have no right to complain if you don't like what an elected official does.

The late, great comedian George Carlin vehemently disagreed with this received wisdom. From his 1998 HBO special You Are All Diseased:




By the way: Yes, I did vote today. Doesn't mean that some elements in this bit doesn't strike a certain chord in my reluctantly political self (though no, I am not this jaded about the American public!).

4 comments:

Adam Zanzie said...

You know, he's right! The public is moronic. I wonder if those "sneakers with lights" he speaks of are still on the shelves? Dear Lord, I hope not.

Nevertheless, I may vote tonight...

kenjfuj said...

Well, despite my adoration for Carlin, I still voted today. I guess I still hold on to my idealistic hope that my vote will mean something in the long run.

GlenH said...

At the end of the day one of the politicians is going to be closer to your values than the others; one of the politicians is going to screw things up less than the others. At the very least you can always pick the lesser evil.

kenjfuj said...

At the very least you can always pick the lesser evil.

Honestly, that was kinda my thought process regarding the 2008 election. Not that I thought President Obama was evil or anything (I voted for him, after all); I just had my deep-seated doubts about how much he could really live up to all the grand promises of "hope" and "change" that seemed to stir the hearts of many people in my age group. So far, it seems like my fears have been mostly realized.