You never see my attitude in the press. That’s what bugs me. For instance : gays in the military. Now I don’t know how you feel about it, gays want to be in the military. Here’s my thought: anyone dumb enough to want to be in the military should be allowed in. End of fucking story. That should be the only requirement. I don’t care how many push ups you can do; put on a helmet, go wait in that foxhole, we’ll tell you when we need you to kill somebody. You know? I see these Congressional hearing on TV: The decorum will be effected and we are such a moral… excuse me, aren’t you all fucking hired killers? SHUT UP! You are thugs, and when we need you to go blow the fuck out of a nation of little brown people, we’ll let you know. Until then, shut the fuck up. When did the fucking military get all ‘We are the military. Is that a village of children and kids? Where’s the napalm? I don’t want any gay people around me when I’m killing kids. I just don’t want to see it.’ Don’t tell me this military protects our freedom. There’s no one out there who’s a fucking threat to us. I’m talking now only countries we don’t arm first. If you want to split hairs, you have a point. ‘Bill what about the nations we sell arms to and then go blow the fuck out of them?’ Ok, they might be scary for about a day. We give them the old weapons,we use the new ones on them.
Bill Hicks, 1993. Military
We all pay for life with death, so everything in between should be free.
I was told when I grew up I could be anything I wanted: a fireman, a policeman, a doctor - even President, it seemed. And for the first time in the history of mankind, something new, called an astronaut.
But like so many kids brought up on a steady diet of Westerns, I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice.
And in my heart of hearts I still track the remnants of that dream wherever I go, in my endless ride into the setting sun.
The responsibility of the intellectual is to tell the truth and expose lies.