Ο Τζόρτζ Κάρλιν (1937 – 2008) ήταν Αμερικάνος φιλόσοφος, συγγραφέας και σατιρικός. Έχει αφήσει ένα μνημειώδες έργο πίσω του.
[πηγή: youtube George Carlin Doesn’t vote]
You may have noticed that there’s one thing I don’t complain about: Politicians. Everybody complains about politicians. Everybody says, “They suck”. But where do people think these politicians come from? They don’t fall out of the sky. They don’t pass through a membrane from another reality. No, they come from American parents, American families, American homes, American schools, American churches, American businesses, American universities and they’re elected by American voters. This is the best we can do, folks. This is what we have to offer. It’s what our system produces: Garbage in, garbage out.
If you have selfish ignorant citizens, you are going to get selfish ignorant leaders. So maybe, maybe it’s not the politicians who suck, maybe it’s something else that sucks around here…like…the public. Yeah, the public sucks. There’s a nice campaign slogan for somebody, “the public sucks, fuck hope” because if it’s really the fault of all these politicians, then where are all the good people with conscience? Where are all the bright and intelligent Americans ready to step in; ready to save the nation, lead the way? We don’t have people like that in this country. Everybody’s at the mall, scratching their ass, picking their nose and taking their credit cards out of their fanny wallet to buy a pair of sneakers with lights in them.
But….I have solved this political dilemma in a very direct way: I don’t vote. On Election Day, I stay home and I don’t vote, Fuck ‘em!! Two reasons I don’t vote, first of all it’s meaningless. This country was bought, sold and paid for a long time ago. The shit that gets shuffled around every four years doesn’t mean a fucking thing. Secondly, I firmly believe that if you vote, you have no right to complain. Now, some people like to twist that around. They say, “If you don’t vote, you have no right to complain”, but where’s the logic in that? If you vote, and you elect dishonest, incompetent politicians, and they get into office and screw everything up, you are responsible for what they have done. You voted them in. You caused the problem. You have no right to complain.
I, on the other hand, who did not vote — who did not even leave the house on Election Day — am in no way responsible for what these politicians have done and have every right to complain as loud as I want about the mess that you created that I had nothing to do with.”
So I know that a little down this year you’re going to have another one of those really swell presidential elections that you like so much, so you enjoy yourself, I know it’ll be a lot of fun. I’m sure as soon as your elections are over your country will approve immediately. As for me I’ll be home on that day, doing essentially the same thing as you…the only difference is when I get finished masturbating I’m going to have a little to show for it folks.
[πηγή: youtube George Carlin on Dennis Miller]
[πηγή: youtube A Tribute to George Carlin Larry King 06 23 08 Part 1, Jerry Seinfeld remembers George Carlin]
[πηγή: youtube A Tribute to George Carlin Larry King 06 23 08 Part 2, Jerry Seinfeld remembers George Carlin]
[πηγή: youtube A Tribute to George Carlin Larry King 06 23 08 Part 3, Jerry Seinfeld remembers George Carlin]
[πηγή: youtube Keith Olbermann honors George Carlin]