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16 Responses to “George Carlin on the American Dream”

  1. evanmyquest says:

    St. George. Always there thanks to the net with the needed slap upside the head when you think there’s hope. My Carlin QOTD calendar starts me off in the right frame of mind every day. ~em

  2. Moss says:

    True then.. and true now. Too bad he is not around to articulate, as only he could, the recent developments which prove what he was saying. I guess Colbert and Stewart have taken up that mantle to some extent.

  3. dss says:

    It never ceases to amaze me the amount of people who vote against their own self interest, who believe that their interests are aligned with those who benefit the most from screwing them.

    If nothing else, you have to hand it to the Republicans for being able to mass “hypmotize” the American sheeple into thinking things like the estate tax affects them personally, that NAFTA and free trade create American jobs, that it is ok for corporate America and the wealthy to pay little or no federal income tax, that conservative policies during the past 30 years actually reduced the size of government. They ignore that during Bush II’s reign with his Republican majorities added 5 trillion to the national debt, while stuffing the pockets of Bush campaign contributors and war profiteers.

    It doesn’t matter who is in power, the corruption continues at the highest levels of our government.

    We have the best government that money can buy.

  4. polizeros says:

    Too pessimistic. Change is always possible. History shows clearly this. To say we’re totally screwed and it’s hopeless just inadvertently plays into the hands of the kleptocrats.

  5. wally says:

    “Change is always possible.”
    Change only comes after people recognize the need for change; we are not there yet – that’s why we need guys like Carlin. Nobody in a position of wealth or authority will point out the obvious abuse because they are the abusers.

  6. Paul Jones says:

    As long as we fall victim to Divide & Conquer, the bad guys win.

  7. km4 says:

    Gee thx for posting this Barry since I’ve been repeatedly peppering your blog recently with American Dream You Tube link and Carlin’s spot on close ;)

    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 ***** who don’t give a ***** about you. They don’t give a ***** about you . . . they don’t give a ***** 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 ass everyday, because the owners of this country know the truth. It’s called the American Dream, ’cause you have to be asleep to believe it . . .”

    -George Carlin

  8. JasRas says:

    Wow. I used to think he had turned into a bitter old man. Now I know he was right.

    polizeros is right though, change is always possible. The only thing he fails to mention is how bad it has to really get for everyone to want it…so bad that the Wal-mart population finally realizes it. So bad that both Democrats and Republicans look really bad in the eye of the public. We are not there yet. We are still playing ping-pong between two parties that pretend they’re different when they are not. They are different in the minutiae, but both are bought and paid for with us having little to say about it.

    But if you don’t think about it too much, you won’t even notice…just take the red pill from Morpheus’ hand and you’ll forget it all… (or is it the blue?) T Harrison over at Minyanville has been saying for at least a couple of years that his big worry isn’t the market, but what the potential affects of all this social acrimony could be.

  9. I agree that change is possible, but only when the economic pain gets too bad will people rise up. When times are good the people would rather not be bothered by the silly reindeer games the politicians play in DC. But, when we go through times like these, and we are not through this mess by any measure yet, people get off the couch and take more action. It is starting to take shape with the tea parties and Campaign for Liberty chapters, but this is just the outliers so far. The media and politicians portray those folks as the lunatic fringe, which some of them are, to deter others from joining. As more Americans wake up, the more groups like this will grow and have real influence.

  10. Jack says:

    Ahhh…horseshit. Carlin was good when he was funny. It (whatever IT is) will be fixed. We might not like the fix.

    Move on.

  11. lordonlow says:

    to utter platitudes like “Too pessimistic. Change is always possible,” displays an utter lack of knowledge, in other words, ignorance.

    ignorance of what?

    let’s – for starters – just check out the numbers: http://www.usdebtclock.org

    pretty overwhelming. on the face of our historic debt/deficits ALONE i say it’s not NEARLY pessimistic ENOUGH.

    but when you compound this disaster by factoring the OTHER disasters at hand – take your pick from over 30 – yes, THIRTY – states now going belly up of which california is the giant godzilla that no one wants to address. california, the 6th largest economy IN THE WORLD, has record debt/deficits and is borrowing like crazy. this is a nation state, folks. just as the fears about bear and lehman about being the first dominos, what happens when it defaults on all its bad paper?

    also, the residential real estate disaster is hardly over. in fact, by my estimates, we’re HALFWAY through it.

    AND…

    CRE looms to be an even BIGGER disaster than residential.

    AND…

    the oldest boomers are now set to begin impacting the healthcare system in an unprecedented way, by dint of sheer force of numbers. some analysts believe this will be our biggest fiscal challenge. i certainly think it’ll be in the top 5, perhaps 3.

    i got more, but you get the point.

    Carlin was smart, and he cut to the bone. how we need his sobriety and no bullshit attitude now. but you do him and his legacy harm by dismissing him with platitudes.

    america – and the world – are at a crucial time in history; we don’t need anymore pie in the sky talk, whether used car salesmen selling cdss or “happy talk” from ignorant people who refuse to look at history, facts and reality.

  12. InspectorDan says:

    I’ve been trying to figure out what it says about American society that so much of the unvarnished truth that is available to the masses comes from comedians.
    If it weren’t for Stewart, Colbert, Carlin r.i.p., Maher, who would be speaking these truths to the wider American audience.
    I know others are speaking truth; Bill Moyers, Glenn Greenwald, and others but unfortunately they don’t have the reach of the comedians.
    It’s a bit like old royal courts where only a clever jester could craft a negative comment about the monarch.
    Shameful.

  13. Dan,

    Look up the role of fools in ancient times. There was a reason the king kept a fool around. He was usually more useful than the yes men who feared losing their heads for an honest opinion

    And to call Carlin a fool in this context is not being insulting. It is the highest form of honor I offer to his type of public voice

  14. chicagosean says:

    It’s a shame that it takes a COMEDIAN to explain things so clearly to the common folk.

  15. arthur.i says:

    Someone should give out “The George Carlin” award to the best truth telling comedian each year. You can start by giving a basket of them to John Stewart.

  16. arthur.i says:

    here is a comedian who has something to say about the consumer:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8r1CZTLk-Gk

    (I just discovered this guy and find him to be very funny, youtube is filled with clips of him)