Brodner’s Person of the Day: George Carlin

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George Carlin, who, in a recent HBO special, gave what could be a warning label for all Corporate Media. . .and all things political in the U.S. That’s all, Brother.

“There’s a reason education sucks and will never, ever, ever be fixed. Never 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-the real owners, the big, wealthy business interests that 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 the land. They own all the corporations. They’ve long since bought and paid for the Congress, the Senate. They have all the judges in their back pockets. They own all the big media companies. So they control all the news and information you hear. They’ve got you by the balls. They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying to get what they want. We 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 well-informed citizens capable of critical thinking. That doesn’t help them. That’s against their interests. They don’t want people who are smart sitting around the kitchen table talking about a system that threw them overboard 30 f***ing years ago. What do they want? They want obedient workers. People who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paper work and just dumb enough to accept jobs with lower pay, longer hours, reduced benefits, and the vanishing pension that disappears the minute you collect it. Now they’re coming for your Social Security money. They want your f***ing retirement money. The want it back so they can give it to their criminal friends on Wall Street. And you know that they’ll get it. Cause they own this f***in’ place. It’s a big club. It’s the same big club they beat you over the head all day when they tell you what to believe, what to think, and what to buy. The table is tilted, folks. The game is rigged. Nobody seems to notice. Nobody seems to care. Good, honest, hard-working people continue to elect these rich c*ck s**kers who don’t give a f*ck about you at all. At all. At all. At all.”

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