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Sunday, June 18, 2006

Yeah, I'm angry. So what?

Apparently, being angry is not a valid human emotion so the opinions of those Americans who are angered by what is happening in and to this country aren't valid, either. That is if you're a right-wing talking head.

From Rush Limbaugh to Sean Hannity to Ann Coulter to Karl Rove, the latest right-wing talking point seems to center on the fact that millions of Americans shouldn't be listened to because they're angry.

Rove, for example, called out progressives - and, the other 70 or so percent of the country who no longer support the war in Iraq - on their anger during a recent interview:

"...the Internet for the Left of the Democratic Party has served as a way to mobilize hate and anger — hate and anger, first and foremost, at this President and Conservatives, but then also at people within their own party whom they consider to be less than completely loyal to this very narrow, very out-of-the-mainstream, very far Left-wing ideology that they tend to represent."

Laughable, when you consider Rove has created most of the divisive hatred that spurs politics in this country today by permitting homophobes, racists and misogynists to tip election results with insipid ballot initiatives that probably wouldn't stand up to Constitutional scrutiny in the first place. If the president's poll numbers are down, expect the Republican party to create a inane diversion by pointing out that Adam and Steve down the street just MIGHT want to get married.

But, I digress.

What I'd really like to know is why. Why is it so awful to be angry? Why is it so wrong to hate this administration's regressive, expensive and self-centered policies?

To date, this president has run up the largest deficit than the 42 presidents preceding him, combined: a $400 trillion tab that will break the backs of future generations. Considering the Republican party used to care about fiscal responsibility, you would think that a great number of fiscal conservatives would be angered by this alone.

And what about the NSA spying on average Americans? Should not all 300 million of us be angered that our privacy is being violated and the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution is being treated with about as much regard as a person withdiarrheah treats toilet paper?

Then, there's that fiasco in Iraq. We have now lost 2,500 Americans and hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqi citizens in a war that didn't need to be fought. Just to re-cap, Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11 and there were no weapons of mass destruction. Believe me, most of the families who've lost loved ones in this war probably are angered that their son or daughter had to die as a result of cooked intelligence, just so Vice President Dick Cheney's energy task force could divide Iraq into oil maps.

Do I hate the policies of this administration? You're damned straight I do. Am I angry over what has occurred since the Supreme Court selected George W. Bush as our president in 2000? Why yes, yes I am.

Is it wrong that I'm so angry?

Hell, no.

Dissent is the highest form of patriotism. And, if you don't believe it, ask Thomas Jefferson. Or maybe he should have been ignored, vilified and cajoled for his anger, too.

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