George Carlin: Today’s Prophet

by Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] on October 12, 2011

in All About Me,In the News,Politics

Sweet Baby Jeesus, I hate a preachy post about politics and religion.

If you’re new to me (WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?), you’ll need to know that I’m a bleeding heart liberal who drank the Obama Kool-Aid and wants people to be healthy and happy. I like money when I have it, but I hate money when I don’t. I want people to have as much money as they can get, but not at the expense of others.

It’s a crazy thing to think today that people should be happy with what they choose to do with their lives. I believe in strict regulation to keep people safe, but I also believe in the government staying out of our personal choices. I believe in the Golden Rule, but I don’t believe that religion belongs in government. I watch and have a major girl-crush on Rachel Maddow, listen to Michael Moore, and read The Huffington Post, but I also do my homework to try to find the full truth behind what they present.

I believe George Carlin was one of the great thinkers of our time. He wasn’t given his due respect because his “radical” beliefs were seen as “radical.”

Since his death in 2008, George Carlin’s words have become more of a prophecy than commentary. Most profound is the monologue he gave in 2006 at his concert, Life is Worth Losing.

If you don’t believe me or even if you do, read this and tell me it doesn’t resonate today:

There’s a reason for this, there’s a reason education sucks, and it’s the same reason it will never ever ever be fixed. It’s never going to get any better. Don’t look for it.

Be happy with what you’ve got… because the owners of this country don’t want that. I’m talking about the real owners now… the real owners. The big wealthy business interests that control things and make all the important decisions. Forget the politicians. The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice. You don’t. You have no choice. You have owners.

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 state houses, the city halls. They got the judges in their back pockets and they own all the big media companies, so they control just about all of the news and information you get to hear. They got you by the balls.

They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying. Lobbying to get what they want. Well, we know what they want. They want more for themselves and less for everybody 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’re not interested in that. That doesn’t help them. That’s against their interests.

That’s right. They don’t want people who are smart enough to sit around a kitchen table and think about how badly they’re getting fucked by a system that threw them overboard 30 fuckin’ years ago. They don’t want that. You know what they want? They want obedient workers. Obedient workers, people who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork. And just dumb enough to passively accept all these increasingly shittier jobs with the lower pay, the longer hours, the reduced benefits, the end of overtime and vanishing pension that disappears the minute you go to collect it.

And now they’re coming for your Social Security money. They want your fuckin’ 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 all from you sooner or later ’cause they own this fuckin’ place.

It’s a big club and you ain’t 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 with all day long when they tell you what to believe. All day long beating you over the head with their media telling you what to believe, what to think and what to buy.

The table is tilted, folks. The game is rigged and nobody seems to notice. Nobody seems to care. Good, honest, hard-working people: white collar, blue collar, it doesn’t matter what color shirt you have on. Good, honest, hard-working people continue — these are people of modest means — continue to elect these rich cocksuckers who don’t give a fuck about them.

They don’t give a fuck about you. They don’t give a fuck 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 count on. The fact that Americans will probably remain willfully ignorant of the big red, white and blue dick that’s being jammed up their assholes every day, because the owners of this country know the truth.

It’s called the American Dream, ’cause you have to be asleep to believe it.

quote via Wikiquote; images via George Carlin & Getty Images

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1 Hockeymandad October 12, 2011 at 11:17 am

Wow. I love George. Wish we still had him around. I’ve been saying something similar to this for years. Too bad no one pays attention to these words because he is classified as a “comedian” but these are the kinds of things every American needs to say regardless of profession.

In Egypt, we salute those that see this and decide not to take it anymore, it is praised as democracy. In the US, when people say these things and stand up to change them, they are called unpatriotic and people believe the media that tells them this. Perhaps we have lost.
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2 YoMama October 12, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Couldn’t have said it better. Sadly, I believe it’s true. I do miss George Carlin, too. Unfortunately, after his wife died, he was in so much pain that he lost his edge and just became mean and crazy. Saw it myself and it was so sad. He was a great mind.

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3 Jennifer October 12, 2011 at 8:27 pm

The problem is how do we get nice, normal people like us elected.
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4 Amy B. October 13, 2011 at 10:03 am

Nice, normal people like us don’t have access to enough money to get elected.
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5 Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] October 13, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Sadly.

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6 Val Payne October 14, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Holy Shit. He was visionary. And yes, nice people don’t have the money or ego to get elected into office. I’d worry that a person who wholeheartedly wanted to to good for our nation would get eaten alive by our corporate run government.

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7 jewLee October 14, 2011 at 11:41 pm

You should come to my house for a Rachel Maddow Fan Appreciation party I’m hosting.

Totally. Serious. (Thanks houseparty.com!) [ ;
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8 erin@mommyonthespot October 16, 2011 at 10:05 am

Nicely said. True artists and thinkers are rarely appreciated during the time they are alive, no?

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