I mean, I live my entire life according to his teachings.
And I know that one of those quotes was this brilliant insight uttered in the midst of writing a special letter to a beloved icon:
"There are three things I've learned never to discuss with people -- religion, politics and the Great Pumpkin!"
At the risk of repeating myself, I will say that while the discussion of religion and politics at the S&P is verboten, the Great Pumpkin is pretty much a nightly topic... Linus, you can discuss it with the right people!
But tonight I wish to make just a brief mention of political responsibility. Not even politics in general (and surely never party politics, which serves only to incur my wrath, whereupon I knock all self-important sidetakers on their collective ass and out of the bar).
I just want to mention our obligation to simply vote.
I hope you did.
Can't applaud or complain about things if you don't vote.
(I love that the flash wiped out the ' I ', which is just exactly how Frankie would say it!)
Even if you only vote the same as your friends or family and never really vote your conscience, just going along with the most popular reactionary slogan of the day, you should still vote.
It's not about feeling like you're right, or that anyone else is wrong, or that you've won.
It's about obligation, and the opportunity that we are afforded a few times a year -- the chance to exercise our American right, our human privilege to speak our minds and hearts with a ballot, a touchscreen, a punchcard, a pen -- so we will never really lose.
Now, that might feel like a blanket statement...
... but as we all know, those were the only kind Linus ever made.