Grief vs Rage

Meanwhile back in America” are the words that kept coming to Peggy Noonan’s mind as she watched President Obama deliver his State of the Union address. She was referring to how out of touch our government and  those who live in the beltway are with the real America. Noonan provided three examples to make her case. She, of course, had dozens of examples to choose from. It’s a good article, but what caught attention and what I want to talk about today is her closing, which is quoted below. It is the parts I put in bold that I want to discuss.

All these things—the pushing around of nuns, the limiting of freedoms that were helping kids get a start in life, the targeting of conservative groups—all these things have the effect of breaking bonds of trust between government and the people. They make citizens see Washington as an alien and hostile power.

Washington sees the disaffection. They read the polls, they know.

They call it rage. But it feels more like grief. Like the loss of something you never thought you’d lose, your sense of your country and your place in it, your rights in it.

“They calll it rage. But it feels more like grief.” Wow! How sad is that? Peggy Noonan has, in my opinion, put her finger on exactly what is wrong with Americans today. WHERE IS THE RAGE? For at least the last decade, Americans have had every reason to be in a state of rage. Instead, they are grieving for the America that was. In other words, they are feeling sorry for themselves. Your humble observer of the asylum we all have to live in finds that pathetic!

I no longer recognize the America of today. Maybe i t is more obvious to me because I’ve been on outside looking in for over two decades. But, more disturbing than that is that I no longer understand my fellow Americans.

What does it take for Americans to get mad these days? What does it take for Americans to stand-up for themselves? There was a movie some years back (I can’t remember the title) where people were hanging out of their windows yelling: “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it any more!” That’s the way I feel and surely most conservative/libertarians feel feel that way too. But, we spend most of our time talking to each other. That’s not all bad. We need to keep encouraging each other and we need to know that we are not alone. But, dear friends, we (you) have to do more. We (you) have to take on the low information voters; those who robotically vote for the candidate that has an “R” or a “D” after their name with no thought about what the candidate stands for. We (you) have to get in-their-faces with example after example of how the current “R’s” and “D’s”are  destroying our country, our culture, and our economy. If Americans don’t get mad, if they don’t enter a state of rage and manifest that rage in the ballot box by throwing all the bums out, then one of two things will happen to Americans. They will either go meekly into the night as the Romans did or something will happen that will cause a violent eruption of that pent-up rage and there will be an incredible cost, as a good friend recently said to me, in terms of life and treasure.

Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?


15 thoughts on “Grief vs Rage

  1. Jim, the movie was Network, starring Albert Finney who was “eliminated” after his window rant. Most of us aware of the death spiral each of us individually and as a country are in due to the ignorance and apathy of at least half the population unaware of the coming apocalypse are frustrated and leaderless. We know we are being sold out by both parties but since it seems close to impossible to unseat these bastards what are our options?

    1. I’m feeling frustrated, Peter, very frustrated. Life’s experiences have taught me many things. One is that when you have to fight against overwhelming odds and you know you are going to lose, make sure the bastards know they were in a fight!

  2. My hunch it will be a lock and load moment. Few options remain. The election process will be corrupted by soros and his electronic voting machines he controls, located in France.

  3. It seems as if Americans are not mad because they have grown complacent, they expect the government to act this way for they have gotten used to it and that is what is the saddest of all.

  4. Maybe it comes down to what Dennis Prager said (I wrote about it sometime back): The inherent problem is that conservatives don’t want power, while the liberals/progressives/socialists do. Those who pose as conservatives (the R-statists) want power, but they use it the same way the Dems use it… always a bigger state. I guess it’s a hard leap to say to yourself: I need to acquire power in order to stop those who want to acquire power and then I’ll give it away. Maybe that’s why things go as far as they do. It’s like the kid who just wants to live in peace who keeps getting pushed… He lets it go, and lets it go, trying to just live his life, then, suddenly he explodes. Unfortunately, it takes an awful lot for people who just want to live in peace and freedom to get that angry; angry enough to take the power they don’t want.

    I understand the people who are living off of the government wanting more government. The people I don’t understand are the people who aren’t benefitting from it who still defend it and support it. Turn those people, and you have an easy majority. The problem is, so many of them are ignorant (as in, ignoring what is happening), yet they think they’re smart and well informed. They’re the people who listen to Obama telling O’Reilly that Benghazi is a creation of Fox News and instead of saying to themselves “Shit! People died there. Fox didn’t make THAT up” they say, “Yeah… F’ing Fox.” How do you speak to someone who isn’t listening and has so blinded themselves that they can’t see the obvious?

    1. Yes…those opposed to the “ruling class” don’t want to be a ruling class. Right, Pat! And above..who said we have few options. Right again. I have also been hearing that people are not hurting enough yet….or enough people aren’t hurting enough yet to be outraged. I ask myself, how much pain do they want before they act? Probably the answer is a combination of all of these things, plus the 50% dependent class. The DC crowd is nearly untouchable. You can’t reach them with protests any more…they don’t care. There are people working at more local levels, but not enough of them to make a huge impact.
      The other thing is the overwhelming onslaught of too many issues, Jim. And that I think is where the grief factor comes in. It’s a sort of helplessness over events ….so many things they can’t control. Where do you send your outrage? Too many dead ends and deaf ears.

      1. I’m afraid I let my frustration get the best of me, Cheryl. It’s easy for me to critizie from a thousand miles away. My grieving will have to wait until I run out of rage. That will take a while, most likely.

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