George Carlin – The Illusion of Choice – 5:47
Text transcribed from above “The Illusion of Choice” video:
Carlin: Well, we like war. We like war. We are a war like people. We like war because we are good at it. You know, why we are good at it, because we get a lot of practice. This country is only 200 years old and already we’ve had 10 (ten) major wars. The average a major war every 20 years in this country, so we are good at it and it’s a good thing we are, we are not very good at anything else anymore. Can’t build a decent car, can’t make a TV set or a VCR worth a fuck. Got no steel industry left, can’t educate our young people, can’t get healthcare to our old people, but we can bomb this shit out of your country all right.
Especially, if your country is a full of brown people, that’s our new job in the world bombing brown people. Iraq, Panama, Grenada, Libya you’ve got some brown people in your country, tell them to watch the fuck out or we’ll God damn bomb them. Well when is the last white people you can remember that we bombed, can you remember the last white, can you remember any white people, we’ve ever bombed. The Germans, those were the only ones and that’s only because they were trying to cut in on our actions, they wanted to dominate the world, bullshit, that’s our fucking job.
And you probably noticed, I don’t feel about that war the way we were told, we were supposed to feel about that war, the way we were ordered and instructed by the United States government to feel about that war. My mind doesn’t work that way, I got this real moron thing I do, it’s called thinking. And I’m not a very good American because I like to form my own opinions. I don’t just roll over when I’m told to. It’s sad to say most Americans just roll over on command, not me. I have certain rules I’ll abide. My first rule, I don’t believe anything that government tells me, nothing, zero, no. And I don’t take very seriously the media or the press in this country who in the case of the Persian Gulf war we’re nothing more than unpaid employees of the Department of Defense and who most of the time, most of the time functions as kind of an unofficial Public Relations Agency for the United States government. So I don’t listen to them, I don’t really believe in my country, and I got to tell you folks I don’t get all choked up about yellow ribbons and the American flags. I consider them, I consider them to be symbols and I leave symbols to the symbol minded.
Text transcribed from “Real Time Bill Maher” segment from above “The Illusion of Choice” video:
Carlin: And I’m talking about the fact that a war is of a rich old man protecting a property by sending middle class and lower class, young man off to die. Forget these foolish elections, the owners of this county don’t care about the poor in general.
Uninformed: The owners of this country? And they don’t care about… What are we going… Is this Karl Marx talking to me? The owners of this country are the voters of this country.
Carlin: No, you are wrong about that my friend…
Uninformed: Aren’t the owners of this country the voters in this country?
Carlin: No, no.
Uninformed: Who elect…
Carlin: No, you’re not, listen, for politics these elections are a charade; it’s a charade.
Uninformed: Oh, okay.
Carlin: It is, it is, they’re meant to, I’ll tell you, listen, just listen for a minute, learn a little something. Elections and politicians are in place in order to give Americans the illusion that they have freedom of choice. You don’t really have choice in this country.
All the things that are important reduced in choice; newspapers in a city how many, used to be three, four; now it’s one or two; is it owned by the same people and they also own radio station.
Give these people a voting day every year, so that they’ll have the illusion of meaningless choice, meaningless choice that we go like slaves and say, Joe, I voted. The limits of debate in this country are, are, are established before the debate even begins. And everyone else is marginalized, and made to seem they’re to be communist or some sort of disloyal person. A kook, there is a word and now it’s conspiracy, say, they made that something that’s, that is, that is should not be even entertained for a minute that powerful people might get together and have a plan, it doesn’t happen you are a kook, you are a conspiracy buff, a conspiracy buff.
Uninformed: Not as a result of a conspiracy but…
Carlin: You don’t need a formal conspiracy.
Carlin: When interests converge, these people went to the same universities and fraternities, they’re in the same boards as directors, they were on the same country clubs, they have like interests.
Uninformed: Oh, please.
Carlin: They don’t need to call a meeting, they know what’s good for them and they are getting it, and there used to be seven oil companies, there are now three, it will soon be two. The things that matter in this country have been reduced in choice to a two political parties. There are a handful of insurance companies, there are about six or seven information like; what if you want a bagel, or 23 flavors because you have the illusion, you have the illusion of choice.
Carlin: You don’t take (inaudible) because there’s no freedom of choice.
Maher: That’s a great point.
NO CHOICE! – 2:47
Text transcribed from above HBO special video:
“It’s never going to get any better, don’t look for it. Be happy with what you’ve got. Because the owners, the owners of this country, don’t want that. I’m talking about the real owners now, the BIG owners! The Wealthy… the REAL owners! The big wealthy business interests that control things and make all the important decisions.
Forget the politicians. They are irrelevant. 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 fucking 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 shitty 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 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 fucking 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 has 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 cock suckers who don’t give a fuck about you….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 everyday, because the owners of this country know the truth.
It’s called the American Dream—because you have to be asleep to believe it.”
All 00individual Ever Needed To Know He Learned From GEORGE CARLIN.
In addition to George Carlin’s legendary freedom of speech comedy, his acting, writing and recording, he continued to perform about 150 dates a year on the road.
In 2004, he placed second behind Richard Pryor on Comedy Central’s list of “Top 100 Comics of All Time.”
On June 17, 2008, just five days before his death, it was announced that he was being awarded the 11th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
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