Carlin was Carlin, which means the video clip includes a share of salty language. But his underlying points are rooted in bedrock and resonate today as loudly as seven years ago.
So, two options: If you want to watch the edited/bleeped clip of Carlin's monologue on the problems of education in America, by all means click on the video. Otherwise, the transcript of the clip is reprinted below.
Consumption: it's the new national pastime. ...[i]t's consumption.
The only true lasting American value that's left: buyin' things! Buying things.
People spending money they don't have on things they don't need - MONEY THEY DON'T HAVE ON THINGS THEY DON'T NEED - so they can max out their credit cards and spend the rest of their lives paying 18% interest on something that cost 12.50! And they didn't like it when they got it home anyway.
Not too bright folks, not too... bright. But if you talk to one of them about this, if you isolate one of 'em, you sit them down rationally, and talk to them about the low IQs and the dumb behaviour and the bad decisions - right away they start talking about education.
That's the big answer to everything. Education! They say 'We need more money for education. We need more books, more teachers, more classrooms, more schools. We need more testing for the kids!' You say to 'em, "Well, you know, we've tried all of that and the kids still can't pass the tests!" "Ah, don't you worry about that, we're gonna lower the passing grades!"
And that's what they do in a lot of these schools now, they lower the passing grades so more kids can pass. More kids pass, the school looks good, everybody's happy, the IQ of the country slips another two or three points, and pretty soon all you'll need to get into college is a... pencil! "Got a pencil? Get... in there, it's physics!"
Then everyone wonders why 17 other countries graduate more scientists than we do. "EDUCATION". Politicians know that word - they USE it on you. Politicians have traditionally hidden behind three things: the flag, the Bible, and children! 'No child left behind'"no child left behind".. Oh really? Well, it wasn't long ago you were talking about giving kids a head start! Head start...left behind? Someone's losing... ground here!
But there’s a reason. There’s a reason. There’s a reason for this, there’s a reason education SUCKS, and it’s the same reason it will never, ever, EVER be fixed.
It’s never going to 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. 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 b****.
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 f**** by a system that threw them overboard 30... 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 s*** 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... place! Its a big club, and you ain’t in it! You, and I, are not in the big club.
By the way, its 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 c*** who don’t give a f*** about you….they don’t give a f*** about you… they don’t give a F*** about you.
They don’t care about you at all… at all… AT ALL. And nobody seems to notice. Nobody seems to care. Thats what the owners count on. The fact that Americans will probably remain willfully ignorant of the big red, white and blue... thats being jammed up their a*** everyday, because the owners of this country know the truth.
Its called the American Dream,because you have to be asleep to believe it.