Analysis and rationality in a nonrational world

May 16, 2006

George Carlin nails it simplistically

Filed under: Government — analysis @ 7:46 pm

“They keep talking about drafting a constitution for Iraq. Why don’t we just give them ours? It was written by a lot of really smart guys, it’s worked for over 200 years, and we’re not using it any more.”

George Carlin is sometimes very incisive and sometimes just goofing off. “Send them where the food is,” for example, was funny but wholly impractical; many people took it far too seriously, blaming poor Africans (and others) in areas of drought and famine for living where they did instead of, presumably, hopping into their cars and zooming to other nations. The fact of the matter is that the solution of migration has often been tried and has usually ended up with poverty, terrorism, and mass deaths (or worse) in refugee camps. Only in a few cases has mass migration to where the food is worked well – various groups coming to America being the prime example of success. [To be fair, it wasn’t George Carlin who said that, now that I’ve had time to ruminate, it was the fat guy with the hat who screamed a lot.]

In this case, well, giving our constitution to Iraq would not work, because of national pride, religious fundamentalism – the same kind the Christian Right has, that is, a certain belief that they are right, their religion is best, and this is THEIR country and not the country of some foreigners. Of course that statement will be disputed by those who see no resemblance between the two; after all, Christianity is terribly civilized and only terrorists are Muslems. That must be why Christians never, say, blow up abortion clinics or shoot doctors, and why the Crusades were immediately laughed down as insane instead of becoming a bloodbath where Christians murdered Jews and Muslems for being non-Christians, and murdered other Christians because, well, they were there at the time.

That said, our Constitution is pretty darned good, and it’s a shame so many people in the White House and Congress think it doesn’t apply any more.


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