Cooper Being John Adams Quoting Kurt Vonnegut

The original and ultimate BAD ASS when it came to revolutionary transformation, infinite vigilance and mind-boggling perseverance, the scraggly faced America Changer was often heard saying, May nothing but honest and wise men ever rule under this roof.


After witnessing the way that things have unraveled he has been known to make a ghostly appearance in the sky on the anniversary of his death. He has been known to hover, just beyond the fireworks exploding, above piers and backyards and suburban streets. And what he does, as infinite barbeque-ers celebrate All Of Us Everyone’s Independence, is he recites his favorite Kurt Vonnegut passage out across the heavens because he thinks that THESE are the words that capture what they were all trying to say so many, many hopeful and tormented moons ago.

So. If you are lucky enough to sit quiet for just one moment amidst the crazy mayhem that is the Fourth of July and you take a breath in and you look up into the darkness (past all the hullabaloo) you will hear The Original Founding Father whispering this into your sweet independent ear:

“Hello, babies. Welcome to Earth. It’s hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It’s round and wet and crowded. At the outside, babies, you’ve got about a hundred years here. There’s only one rule that I know of, babies—God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.”

8 Comments on "Cooper Being John Adams Quoting Kurt Vonnegut"

  1. The Zadge says:

    Oh, such sweet words! The “god damn it” in front really gives it the sweet emphasis it needs.

    • Cupcake Murphy says:

      God Bless You Mr. Rosewater. Coincidentally, one of my favorite books. John Adams and I have a lot in common.

  2. PJ says:

    Vonnegut. So quotable. And since time is an illusion why shouldn’t John Adams quote Vonnegut? And while we’re at it, why shouldn’t Cooper channel John Adams channeling Kurt Vonnegut?

    And may I add one of my Vonnegut favorites? It goes something like: True terror is to wake up and realize your high school class is running the country.

    • Cupcake Murphy says:

      Don’t you love him? “I tell you, we are here on Earth to fart around, and don’t let anybody tell you different.”

  3. candace says:


  4. ‘Welcome aboard, Mr. Pilgrim,’ said the loudspeaker.
    ‘Any questions?’

    Billy licked his lips, thought a while, inquired at last:
    ‘Why me?’

    ‘That is a very Earthling question to ask, Mr. Pilgrim. Why you? Why us for that matter? Why anything? Because this moment simply is. Have you ever seen bugs trapped in amber?’

    ‘Yes.’ Billy, in fact, had a paperweight in his office which was a blob of polished amber with three lady-bugs embedded in it.

    ‘Well, here we are, Mr. Pilgrim, trapped in the amber of this moment. There is no why.’

  5. Back at ‘cha, Cupcake.