Maybe George Carlin was on to something…

I couldn’t help but reflect about the current state of the nation’s political affairs when I read this quote from the ever-so-astute-George Carlin:

“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. Because if it’s really just the fault of these politicians then where are all the bright people of conscious? Where are all the people ready to step in and save the nation?? We don’t have people like that in this country. Everyone’s at the mall scratching their ass, pulling a credit card out of their fanny pack so they can buy sneakers with lights in them. So, maybe, maybe, maybe, it’s not the politicians who suck. Maybe something else sucks around here… like, the public. Yeah, the public sucks. There’s a nice campaign slogan for somebody: ‘The Public Sucks. F*ck Hope.'”

A little trite (typical for Carlin), but I suspect that his thoughts are more truthful than we’d all like to admit.

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4 thoughts on “Maybe George Carlin was on to something…

  1. This is something I’ve been saying for a few years especially when I hear people complain about term limits. Our politicians are a very clear reflection of the public’s apathy. Corruption isn’t new, but the public’s willingness to tolerate it seems to be growing. That’s a not a politician problem. It’s a citizen problem.

    1. Thanks for the comment! I like to think that there are a few politicians out there still fighting the good fight (Elizabeth Warren comes to mind), but by and large I have to think that as long as the general population is hypnotized by cable TV and cheeseburgers, nothing will ever change.

      1. As far as I’m concerned, you can distort your ethnic heritage all you want so long as at the end of the day you’re willing to go toe-to-toe with Wall Street and the banking industry.

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