Radical Humour with George Carlin

June 23, 2008

I just heard that he died.  I am not a huge fan of comedy – most of it is vacuous crap that I swear I could hear at the bus stop or on the street.  But, this guy is one of the few comedians I have actually stopped to watch and listen to on the boob tube.   Raunchy, irreverent and cynical, that he was.  But you always stopped to think after gasping for breath from a belly-aching laugh.   He was a treasure.

So this is one if his classics.  I chose it because I think it really speaks to our situation here in Jamdown.  Replace American with Jamaican and you’ll see what I mean. 

“Everybody complains about politicians. Everybody says they suck.  Well, where do people think these politicians come from? They don’t fall out of the sky. They don’t pass through a membrane from another reality. They come from [American] parents and [American] families, [American] homes, [American] schools, [American] churches, [American] businesses and [American] universities, and they are elected by [American] citizens. This is the best we can do folks. This is what we have to offer. 

It’s what our system produces: Garbage in, garbage out. If you have selfish, ignorant citizens, you’re going to get selfish, ignorant leaders. Term limits ain’t going to do any good; you’re just going to end up with a brand new bunch of selfish, ignorant [Americans].  So, maybe, maybe, maybe, it’s not the politicians who suck. Maybe something else sucks around here… like, the public. Yeah, the public sucks.”


2 Responses to “Radical Humour with George Carlin”

  1. experienceaurie Says:

    Hit the nail right on the head!! That’s really the accountability that we need to talk about. If everyone just slows down in this rat race of self indulgence & what’s in it for me….takes care of the their own families and their own communities instead of just looking for someone else to do something, maybe we could see some real reform. The public is the grassroots. If the grassroots don’t have anything feeding it to blossom, then the end result won’t be green grass. We are a reflection of our leadership…not the other way around.

  2. longbench Says:

    Aurie —
    Yes, his analysis was spot on. Here, every time we detect a glimmer of some treasure among the trash, we either buy them out, kill them or run dem outta town.

    Carlin was a total cynic on the issue of remaking the society. He didn’t really realize how much his analytical humour and cynicism was useful to many of us in working for justice. So, maybe we should work on not churning out so much garbage. First step, offer the people something else to read and listen to besides the trash that populates the airwaves.

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