Today’s quote comes to us from the insufferable-and-becoming-even-more-insufferable-by-the-day david hogg (no more capital letters for that name).
In answer to a tee-it-up question from NPR’s predictably sympathetic Scott Simon, who asked, “Mr. Hogg, what do you say to people who who say, look – these are a very admirable young people, but they are young people? And that’s not how society works or should work. We ought to see a little of life before we start taking their prescriptions for what we ought to do.”, hogg said this:
“To those people I would say, I think we’ve seen a little of life, considering we saw the slaughter of 17 people at our school. Having to see these things again and again is more than enough life experience than we’ve ever wanted to have. I think saying that students don’t have a right to speak out against this is disgusting because we’ve lived through this. Regardless of what your opinions are or where you come from, you need to realize we are the future of America. And if you choose not to stand with us, that’s OK because you’ll be on the wrong side of the history textbooks that we write. But if you choose to stand with us, you will be praised as standing up with the future of America. Because at the end of the day, what our generation is fighting for – not only for us, not only for the kids that are alive right now but the future of America. We can and we will outlive our opponents because they’re old, and they are stuck in their old ways. We will change the face of America with or without our opponents.”
Uh, “Mr.” hogg:
-Stop using the term “we”, as if you speak for every other high school student. That immense ego of yours notwithstanding, you don’t;
-No one said you shouldn’t speak out;
-All people your age are the future of America, not just the ones you agree with;
-Agreeing with your point of view does not guarantee being praised;
-Congratulations on noting that, as a general rule of thumb, older people die before younger people – a revelation that is just as true if you compare yourself to a three year old;
-And you may think you will change America, but saying and doing it are not the same thing…any more than your idea of changing America is necessarily for anyone’s benefit other than yours.
I award david hogg Quote Of The Day “honors” for taking his insufferability to an even more intense level – which, believe me, is no small feat.