George Carlin knew why they call it “the American Dream”
Check out this, and see the video of Carlin saying these things in 2005:
The reason education sucks and will never, ever, ever be fixed is because the owners of this country don’t want that. … I’m talking about the real owners, the big, wealthy business interests that control things and make all the important decisions. They got the politicians. The politicians are there to make you believe you have freedom of choice. You don’t. You have owners. They own you.
They own everything: the best land, corporations, you name it. Well before the Citizens United decision of last year, Carlin was proclaiming the owners have
long since bought and paid for the Senate and Congress, the statehouse, the city halls. They have the judges in their back pockets…. They own all the big media companies, so they control just about all of the news and information you get to hear.
The owners spend billions every year lobbying to get what they want.
You know what they want? They want more for themselves and less for everybody else. I’ll tell you what they don’t want. They don’t want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking: well-informed, well-educated people capable of critical thinking. That doesn’t help them. That’s against their interest. They want 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 shitty jobs with the lower pay, the longer hours, the reduced benefits, the end of overtime and the vanishing pension that disappears as soon as you come to collect it…. And now they’re coming for your Social Security money. They want it back so they can give it to their criminal friends on Wall Street, and you know what, they’ll get it. You know why? It’s a big club, and you ain’t in it. You and I ain’t in the big club.
They don’t care about you at all, at all, at all, you know, and nobody seems to notice, nobody seems to care. That’s what the owners want. Call it the American dream, because you have to be asleep to believe it.
And my friend Tarak Kauff, the Veterans for Peace activist who this very day is in D.C. protesting the never-ending war and tomorrow in Quantico protesting the barbaric, immoral treatment of prisoner Bradley Manning, had this to add:
George Carlin said it like it was and is. What is truly funny and ironically sad, however, is that the audience is, as George would have said, “so fucking stupid” that they don’t even get that he is telling them that they are gutless, brainless, sleeping cowards. I don’t want to use the word sheep because I have nothing against sheep. He is trying to wake them up. If they had any guts or brains, after Carlin’s talk they would have stormed Wall Street or something but they just go home and have a drink while the American military machine continues to kill in their name.
If there was a vengeful god, or even a god of mercy and love and if that god had even one iota of power or compassion, would he/she not destroy this evil country? Thankfully this type of godhead is just another fantasy that people have dreamed up to comfort and delude themselves–or, worse, to gain power over others because there are still some very decent and courageous (the natural human state) people left here. You may be one of them. Of course, there is God but thankfully it is nothing like the deluded American public dream it to be. When they start to step forward and act for the good of others, because of the love and empathy they have for others, and they forget about their own petty, infinitely small selves, even for a brief moment, they will begin to see and feel that God. (Sort of adapted from Tolstoy’s “What Men Live By”)