The Wisdom of George Carlin
A few days ago George Carlin died. It really bummed me out. George Carlin was a hero of mine. He had the ability to cut through all the smoke and mirrors by which the establishment operates and give us an unfettered view of our reality. I can't think of anyone who can replace him.
In a tribute to George, what follows is an entry I made here about a year ago.
"Some of our greatest social critics are comedians. They really good ones have the ability to hold up a mirror so we can observe the absurdity our societal conditions.
In their nightly monologues Jay Leno and David Letterman give us a glimpse of our deteriorating political situation, something the mainline media portrays with sobriety.
One of the greatest takes on what’s happening to the American people was summed up by George Carlin in his most recent HBO special.
Here it is (expletives deleted):
“ … The owners of this country don’t want (educated people).”
“I’m talking about the real owners now, the big, wealthy business interests that control things and make all the important decisions. They’ve got the politicians … politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice.
You don’t. You have no choice. They own you. They own everything. They own all the important land. They own and control the corporations. They’ve long since bought and paid for the Senate, the Congress, the statehouses, the city halls … They’ve got the judges in their back pockets.
And they own all the big media corporations so they control just about all the news and information you get to hear.
They’ve got you by the balls. They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying to get what they want. We all know what they want. They want more for themselves and less for everyone else.
But I’ll tell you what they don’t want. They don’t want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don’t want well-informed, well-educated people capable of critical thinking.
They are not interested in that. That doesn’t help them. That’s not in their interests. They don’t want people who are smart enough to sit around the kitchen table and figure out how badly they’re getting f----d by a system that threw them overboard thirty f------g years ago.
They don’t want that.
You know what they want? Obedient workers, people who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork and just dumb enough to passably accept all the increasingly sh---y jobs with lower pay, longer hours, reduced benefits, the end of overtime, and the vanishing pension that disappears the minute you get to collect it.
And now they are coming for your Social Security money. They want your f-----g retirement money. They want it back so they can give it to their criminal friends on Wall Street. And you know something? They’ll get it. They’ll get it from you sooner or later ‘cause they own this
f------g place. It’s a big club, and you’re not in it!
You and I are not in “The Big Club.” By the way, it’s the same big club they use to beat you over the head all day long where they tell you what to believe, all day long, beating you over the head in their media, telling you what to believe, what to think and what to buy.
That table is tilted folks. The game is rigged and nobody seems to notice. Nobody seems to care. Good, honest, hardworking people in white or blue collars—it doesn’t matter what color shirt you have on—good, honest, hardworking people continue to elect these sick c---------rs who don’t give a f--k about you. They don’t care about you at all, at all, at all …
And nobody seems to notice. Nobody seems to care. That’s what the owners (of this country) count on, the fact that Americans will probably remain willfully ignorant of the big red, white and blue d--k being jammed up their a------s everyday.
Because the owners of this country know that truth is called The American Dream, because you have to be asleep to believe it.”
Copyright 2005, George Carlin, HBO
Are we going to remain ignorant? A few media voices are speaking the truth about the loss of good jobs, the influx of illegal workers across the border, and the corruption of our politics. If you’d like to stay abreast of how our country is being sold out you might want to tune in Glen Beck (syndicated radio and CNN Headline News), Lou Dobbs (CNN), and Jerry Doyle (syndicated radio). All have web sites for additional information.
Remember, the first three words of the U.S. Constitution are “We the people.”"
(And if you read this far, you might want to consider the very next entry.)