Income inequality and the economy are the most important issues in politics today. No matter what alleged "scandal" is brought up by a particular political party, money and financial security trumps them all.
Since the financial crisis of 2008, millions of Americans have fallen on hard times, some more than others. Whether it's falling deeper into debt, losing their homes or struggling to find employment, Americans are moving forward with an economy that is, at best, sluggish. History often repeats itself and more often than not, the warning is right in front of our face.
When looking to deflect against tough economic times or tragic personal matters, people often tend to lean toward humor in an attempt to take their mind of their struggles. Sometimes while looking for humor, the answer, or the reality hits them right in face. Just a few years before he died, legendary comedian George Carlin took to the stage and laid out the truth about the political agenda of politicians and the sad case for country moving forward.
"The real owners are the big wealthy business interests that control things and make all the important decisions. Forget the politicians, they're an irrelevancy. 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 statehouses, the city halls. They've got the judges in their back pockets. And they own all the big media companies, so that they control just about all of the news and information you hear. They've 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. They don't want people who are smart enough to sit around the kitchen table and figure out how badly they're getting fucked by a system that threw them overboard 30 fucking years ago.
You know what they want? Obedient workers people who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork but just dumb enough to passively accept all these increasingly shittier jobs with the lower pay, the longer hours, reduced benefits, the end of overtime and the vanishing pension that disappears the minute you go to collect it. And, now, they're coming for your Social Security. They want your fucking 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, sooner or later, because they own this fucking place. It's a big club, and you ain't in it. You and I are not in the big club."
Whether you agree 100 percent with Carlin or not, he tells it like it is even if the reaction isn't the one people are comfortable with. Are all politicians bought and paid for? Probably not, but to think that a large portion of them aren't "on the take" is just a case of being ignorant about how politics works. With Congress holding an all-time low approval rating and a president who is fading in popularity, George Carlin's words need to be heard once again. Maybe this time someone will be listening.