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Forum Post: George Carlin: Why I Don't Vote

Posted 10 years ago on April 23, 2012, 7:28 a.m. EST by veritas99 (-1)
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George Carlin: Why I Don't Vote:




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[-] 2 points by flip (7101) 10 years ago

carlin is great although i disagree that the public at large is to blame - the system was designed by madison to subvert any real democracy so we are left with little choice. at the same time there is some truth t the idea that you get the government you deserve!

[-] 2 points by JadedGem (895) 10 years ago

LOL! I don't vote either. When Bush got his second term, it was painfully obvious that votes don't count in America. The republicans went with a Mormon so I'm not even sure that will bring out the Christian save the babies and spit on the gays crowd. If Obama doesn't get re-elected, I'll fall off the couch in shock and awe. I think as long as both parties receive enough votes to remain viable, then it'll be business as usual.

[-] 1 points by Pequod (17) 10 years ago

He doesnt vote because he is dead.

[-] 0 points by SparkyJP (1646) from Westminster, MD 10 years ago

The public at large is to blame!

The American people are supposed to be in charge - but we are not. We are supposed to be in control - but we are not. There are things that our government has done and is still doing in the name of the American people which make us responsible - but we are not. Then are we really worthy to be what it is we hold to be sacred - “Americans”.

The root of the message conveyed by Thomas Paine is the same; government of the people, by the people and for the people. These are high expectations that we’ve never met but we still strive to achieve to the best of our abilities. Unfortunately, over the passage of time our government has slowly reduced its citizens to little more than just slaves.

We like to blame the politicians, big business, the President, anyone and anything else except ourselves for the horrendous state that our country is in. We the people are the real blame for our countries problems. Not the current or past administrations. Not big business or the bankers. They are just symptoms of a much deeper root cause. We are the rotten root of the problem. For 233 years, we let our government do whatever it pleased. For 233 years we ran our government like an absentee owner. If you don't have health care, a job, hope, money, a home, a good education, etc…, don't blame it on the government. We the people are the blame. The buck doesn't stop with the president. It stops with the people. If you are hated around the world, afraid to travel abroad, in fear of terrorism, mad because the banks are getting bailed out with your money and you can't get a loan, if your life savings and retirement have been wiped out or stolen, upset because we're dying in wars that have no end and make no sense, upset because the government failed miserably at responding to help your city after a hurricane, flood or any natural disaster, upset because your country is turning into a police state, upset because gas and food prices keep rising while your pay is falling, upset because your government is trying to tax you for any purpose it can think of, upset because your government is trying to chip away at your rights for any purpose it can think of, upset because millions of barrels of oil are ruining your coasts, upset because your standard of living is declining, upset because your children are not getting a proper education, upset because your country and your government are for sale... just calm down. It's easy to find the dirty rotten scoundrel that is responsible for this mess. Just look in the mirror. We the people are the blame – “We the people” sat by and let it happen without doing one single thing about it. That's what happens when you don't show up to work for 233 years.

We can no longer afford to be absent or passive citizens. The stakes are too high this late in the game. We have 233 years of work piled up and waiting. It is our responsibility to deal with it. A mess has never dealt with itself. Our government didn't create itself and it can’t fix itself. Can you imagine someone giving themselves a triple heart bypass and major brain surgery all at once? Forget about it! Your responsibility as a citizen doesn't end with voting and criticizing the government.

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