R.I.P. George Carlin

Posted: April 24, 2011 in Op-Ed

Yes, he did die almost three years ago but George Carlin’s comedy and message still resonates. I was a long time fan of his going back many years. The father of one of my best friend’s growing up had an extensive collection of George Carlin concerts on vinyl! This was funny considering that his dad went to church every Sunday and did not appear to be the kind of Carlin devotee one would expect.

I got to thinking about George again when my wife found some of his standup bits on Youtube. It was certainly a treat to see all of his great work. What was best about the man was all of the topics that he covered whether it be mundane or today’s political atmosphere. Love him or hate him, he was what he was and if you did not like…


George Carlin espoused many of the sentiments that most people are too afraid to bring up themselves. One of the topics that he spoke about was how normal everyday Americans are getting screwed by a government that does not care about them and how “the game is fixed and that the real ‘owners’ of the country do not want you in their club” [sic].

People should take a page out his book and not be so duped by the government or what they see on television because let’s face it someone does own those stations and those “owners” do have an agenda. “Fair & Balanced” my ass.

We need to be independent thinkers and come up with our own opinions. Do not be told what to think by your local politicians or preachers because they do not know you or your circumstances, they never will in most cases. People need to be free and not be afraid to question.

George Carlin questioned everything, why not you?

He may not be on stage anymore but sites like Youtube and his books (Brain Droppings and Napalm & Silly Putty) keep his spirit alive to challenge what you think or believe. If we believe in free will then maybe we should all actually follow this and be duped into believing that buying the latest fashion or consuming booze or alcohol will solve or problems. They don’t!

When we become free thinkers and start to let the powers-that-be know that we know we are getting screwed, then perhaps they will start to listen. Unfortunately, this has not happened (sorry, Tea Baggers).

So, thanks again George Carlin for resurrecting this thinker and also for the laughs.


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