In the case of George Carlin, whose "Seven Words You Can Never Say On Television" really was censored, and whose biting insight into our collective narrative and what it says about things we want to avoid being forced to face, this clichéd bit to tripe happens to be true: he helped us to see what was before us, and to open our ears to what we fought to ignore.
On the guarantees of justice bequeathed us by our forefathers, the immortal Carlin said:
They keep talking about drafting a constitution for Iraq. Why don't we just give them ours? It was written by a lot of real smart guys, it's worked for over 200 years, and we're not using it anymore.On a more practical issue -- the tools of war -- Carlin speculated on the thought process that led to some of the more exciting specimens:
George Carlin, quoted in the Houston Chronicle.
Gee, I sure would like to set those people on fire over there. But I'm way to far away . . . .Food for thought, courtesy of Carlin:
from Carlin on Campus (1984)
- Well, if crime fighters fight crime and fire fighters fight fire, what do freedom fighters fight? They never mention that part to us, do they?
- If the #2 pencil is the most popular, why is it still #2?
- What was the best thing before sliced bread?
- By and large, language is a tool for concealing the truth.
We **** you, George.
 For a delightfully absurd document on George Carlin's arrest under a Wisconsin statute purporting to ban "disorderly conduct" alleged to have been committed in Milwaukee on the grounds of "Summerfest" before a large crowd in 1972, have a look at George Carlin's own web site:
Update: I just saw Jerry Seinfeld's fitting guest editorial on Carlin, brought to my attention by Daring Fireball.