I love George Carlin. . Rights aren' t "rights" if someone can, take threres They' re privileges. That' s all we' ever had in, this country: a bill of privilege
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I love George Carlin

Rights aren' t "rights" if
someone can, take threres
They' re privileges.
That' s all we' ever had in,
this country: a bill of
privileges. And if'
you, read the news, even
gets shorter and shorter."
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Submitted: 04/30/2013
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User avatar #2 - codyxvasco (05/01/2013) [+] (52 replies)
Question: How many of you knew about the concentration camps America used for the Japanese citizens in World War Two?
User avatar #5 to #2 - bushingenna (05/01/2013) [-]
a lot of people? its not like they try to hide it from people, and they weren't for exterminations....
#29 - anonymous (05/01/2013) [+] (3 replies)
****** quote from a bitter old sod.
User avatar #30 to #29 - secretdestroyers (05/01/2013) [-]
Ok 2 things: 1. That's Mr. Old (Dead) Sod to you, bro!

2. Shut the **** up.
#1 - unclemagic (04/30/2013) [+] (2 replies)
A thumb for u sir.
#28 - anonymous (05/01/2013) [+] (1 reply)
Definition of "Right:" That which is morally, legally, or ethically proper
So whether or not someone can take away your privilege of doing something, doing that thing could still be morally, legally, or ethically proper, therefore you would still have the right even if you don't have the ability. For example the right to freedom of speech is universal because it is morally or ethically proper no matter where you are even if it is not necessarily legal.
#36 to #28 - ichbinlecher (05/01/2013) [-]
Wrong right.
#21 - tosho (05/01/2013) [+] (3 replies)
Murica in ww2

"you'd like to volunteer? Sorry, boy. You're a ****** and this is a white man's war"

2 years later.

#40 to #21 - oedad (05/01/2013) [-]
blacks were allowed to serve in WW2. Plus why are you complaining for 150 years white men died and and consequently black men didn't.
User avatar #19 - frienderman (05/01/2013) [+] (3 replies)
Everyone has the right and the ability to do whatever they want to. You could run outside right now and kill someone for no reason; that is your right. However, other people could also exercise their right to imprison or kill you in retaliation, and therefore we do not. Everyone has the right to do whatever they can, but to exercise that right is often far from wise.
#41 to #19 - sacrilegious (05/01/2013) [-]
Everyone has the right to do whatever they want to?

I hope I don't live near you.
User avatar #56 - fuckyoulolwut (05/01/2013) [+] (2 replies)
I agree with this quote.
I will be moving into the woods now.
#82 - anonymous (12/21/2014) [-]
arin hanson is a narcissistic piece of ****
User avatar #65 - Ruspanic ONLINE (05/01/2013) [-]
While cynical, this should not actually be taken as a good explanation of rights.
(Natural) rights are still rights even if they are violated or repressed - they just become violated or repressed rights. "Privileges" implies that the government grants us rights, that they are merely things the government allows us to do. Which is dangerous thinking at least, if it's not simply untrue. That would make all governments inherently totalitarian in their power, differing only in the amount of freedom they choose to "allow" their citizens. As if it's their choice to make.
The Constitution, including the Bill of Rights, doesn't actually give people rights, except a few legal rights like the right to a speedy and public trial. It establishes protections for existing "natural rights", either from government (i.e. Congress shall make no law...) or from other people (i.e. outlawing slavery). These rights exist without government and the government must and usually does acknowledge their existence.

We have legally recognized natural rights that are not explicitly enumerated in the Constitution, as the 9th Amendment says. For instance, the right to privacy: there's nothing there that actually says we have a right to privacy, but the amendments against unreasonable search and seizure and against self-incrimination show that the government recognizes this right.

tl;dr this is cynicism, not to be take literally
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#62 - anonymous (05/01/2013) [-]
Now George Carlin fan boys will come out and act as if every single thing George said is the absolute truth.
#46 - jacklane (05/01/2013) [-]
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#16 - anonymous (05/01/2013) [-]
Ehh, this quote was taken after he got all paranoid and preachy. I liked his earlier years when he could subtly rip on his government without going into full rant mode.
User avatar #39 - dapape (05/01/2013) [-]
**** this country.
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