The Myth of America
Growing up as a relatively privileged member of the ‘baby boomer’ generation, I, (along with millions of others who were born in that cohort) was brought up with many ideals and beliefs about this country.
We were taught these certain truths:
Anyone could be President if they worked hard and had ability.
That this country was all about fairness and justice. The courts and law enforcement were on our side of righteousness.
Justice was color blind.
We could do anything if we went to school and worked hard at our jobs.
The government was looking out for us. Our leaders were noble and wise.
And so on.
It was a batch of lies, then and now.
Perhaps I was hopelessly naive, along with millions of others..for in 60 years I have become extremely cynical and distrustful about this country.
It is no longer the land of opportunity, unless you happen to be rich, white and well-connected. It doesn’t matter if you have ability, smarts or drive.
If you’re black, you know that I was fed lies. If you’re rich, you laugh at my simple-mindedness.
George Carlin said it best in one album, “Life is worth Losing“:
“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 real owners. The big wealthy business interests that control things and make all the important decisions. Forget the politicians. 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 balls. 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 fucked by a system that threw them overboard 30 fuckin’ 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 shittier 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 fuckin’ 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 fuckin’ place. It’s a big club and you ain’t in it. You and I are not in the big club. …The table is tilted, folks. The game is rigged and nobody seems to notice. …And nobody seems to notice. Nobody seems to care. That’s what the owners count on. The fact that Americans will probably remain willfully ignorant of the big red, white and blue dick that’s being jammed up their assholes every day, because the owners of this country know the truth. It’s called the American Dream, ’cause you have to be asleep to believe it.”
He said that 10 years ago. It was true then and everyone laughed at his wit, thinking it was a joke.
It wasn’t supposed to be funny.
George Carlin was right and he knew it.
The “American Dream” is a myth and always has been. We were just too stupid to understand that.
Isn’t it time to wake up?