Sunday, July 4, 2010

On Our Nation's Birthday

a brief history of the founding of our country, brought to you by one of my favorite philosophers, George Carlin.

WARNING: Not safe for work, your kiddies or my parents -

"You give us a color, we'll wipe it out." He cracks me up with his truth.

Happy 4th!


J Davis said...

Carlin is correct on one subject, the proper name is either The War Between the States or the War of Northern Aggression not "The Civil War." A civil war is when two separate groups are fighting for control of a country's government. The CSA was fighting for it's own independence.

NV said...

Awesome. I love George. Miss him. Would have loved to have heard his take on BP.

For all its flaws though, it's still a pretty d*mn good country. I can't imagine life anywhere else.

Why S? said...

Thank you, J. Davis, for the clarification. And welcome to The Hill.

NV, I can't say I haven't imagined life somewhere else. The thing is, no matter where I was living, I would still concern myself with to what degree my own country was living up to its stated ideals.

But we can't live up to ideals if there's no one like George Carlin to point out the hypocrisy in our core beliefs. That's the point. All the flag waving in the land will only get us fabric fluttering in the wind unless we recognize (and I mean make a serious effort to recognize) our flaws. Without this recognition we become no more than lemmings, arrogant and aggressive lemmings at that.

I, too, would love to have heard what George would have to say about BP.

Kate R said...

I really do miss George Carlin & his highly entertaining, thought-provoking rants. The man should have run for office. It'd be so much easier to get people motivated by humor, than by pontificating. But then, I'm sure most people would not have considered him serious enough.