Now, as is often pointed out to me, Mr. Carlin is indeed “just a comedian”. But so was Samuel Clemens. His words carried no less weight with the American people than those of the most popular politician. So forgive me for leading off with a true hero of mine.
Democracy is not broken. We are not slaves ruled by a cruel oligarchy or blameless victims of a corporate plutocracy. The U.S. government is not a separate entity from the American people. This is not an authoritarian dictatorship. A fascist state. No one is forcing you to buy the products they’re selling. To vote for the people being provided.
There is an old quote along the lines of , “the people who are easiest to rule are those given the illusion that they are free”. Many faux bohemians and pocket intellectuals love that quote. Love to go on and on at length about how poor ignorant Americans are just suffering under some illusion of freedom and choice. And that they have no real say in the matter. Mr. Carlin often spoke of how America was “bought”. He also made clear that this was because most Americans just don’t care. They have resigned themselves to the fact that this is just how it is.
The “Starbucks Revolutionists” who see the protests in Egypt as something sorely needed in America are the worst. How about before we start burning down the FED, we take out votes a little more seriously? We stop and ask, “does this person represent America’s best chance” and not just the best chance for your Party to win. And speaking of political Parties.
There is no greater cancer in American politics than the 2 party system we have put into place. Almost half the country doesn’t even belong to either Party, yet they are the only choices that get advertised. They only serve themselves. They offer compromised solutions and no real change. And I don’t even wanna hear about Civil Rights legislation. You pass something with “civil rights” in the title yet, almost 50 years later we’re still having debates on gay marriage. Yep. That sure wrapped everything up.
It’s not like you don’t have other choices. They just don’t have the money or cache of the 2 Parties. Still doesn’t mean you can’t vote for them. Still doesn’t mean you can’t demand they be included. People say it’s wasting their vote. Those people are only concerned with “winning”. I say you have wasted your vote anyways. On the vain notion of being on the “winning team”.
Democracy is not broken. It has not been hi-jacked. It’s merely dormant in the people. Waiting to be awoken. That is entirely on you and me. They can bribe you with the comforts of modern life but it’s still your choice.
“Each of you, for himself, by himself and on his own responsibility, must speak. And it is a solemn and weighty responsibility, and not lightly to be flung aside at the bullying of pulpit, press, government, or the empty catch-phrases of politicians.”