Wednesday, March 31, 2010

America's Quiet Anger


There is a quiet anger boiling in America.

It is the anger of millions of hard-working citizens who pay their bills, send in their income taxes, maintain their homes and repay their mortgage loans -- and see their government reward those who do not.

It is the anger of small town and Middle American folks who have never been to Manhattan, who put their savings in a community bank and borrow from a local credit union, who watch Washington lawmakers and presidents of both parties hand billions in taxpayer bailouts to the reckless Wall Street titans who brought down the economy in 2008.

It is the fury of the voiceless, the powerless, the ordinary nobodies of Flyover Country who are ridiculed, preached to, satirized and insulted by the Celebrity Loudmouths of the two Left Coasts, the Jon Stewarts and Keith Olbermanns, the Paul Krugmans and their ilk.

It is the salted wound of the millions who see that ruling Democrats in Congress are not listening to them but are willfully ignoring public opinion and the verdict of recent elections in passing a huge new health care entitlement when the existing entitlements of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are already going broke.

It is the frustrating helplessness of citizens who revere the Founding Fathers and the genius of the Constitution that they wrote, who actually believe the words of the Constitution mean what they say, not more and not less. They who watch politicians and the courts stretch and bend that Constitution -- finding "rights" not enumerated, powers never granted, meanings unimagined -- believe that their country is being redefined without their consent.

Most of the angry are not out marching in the streets, waving signs or shouting into bullhorns. And they are not smashing windows or phoning death threats to politicians. They are simply waking up angry in the morning, and going to bed angry at night. And their resentment is multiplied by the media's efforts to portray them all as dangerous, crazy people, and by the effort of certain Democrats to tar them with brush of violent intent.

They are embittered, too, by the rhetoric of a triumphant president who turns on its head Winston Churchill's heroic attitude promising defiance in defeat but magnanimity in victory. For a president of a deeply divided country, defiance in victory is not an endearing posture. It has all the persuasive charm of a Chad Ochocinco victory dance in the end zone of the opponent's stadium.

These quietly angry people gather in their churches while their religions are called divisive and their beliefs are labeled as bigotry, and they pray for a better day. They talk among themselves in their Main Street cafes, at the Rotary club or at their kids' softball games, seeking others who understand their frustration and will not respond with arrogant dismissal.

They are tired of being told they are too stupid to understand the country's complex problems, too rooted in the past to find solutions, too selfish to share what they have worked for with everyone else who wants it.

They are not reaching for guns or for pitchforks. They are holding their anger within, waiting for their time, watching those in power over-reach and over-indulge.

Their wound is deep, and it will not be salved by more presidential speeches, Congressional hand-outs, or promises of wonderful things to come. They no longer believe any of that. Their quiet rage abides, waiting till it can be expressed in that silent place behind the curtain where the ballot lists the names that they have now committed to an angry memory.


  1. That is very well said Sandee. I totally agree with you. I am thrilled that I don't have any children that are growing up with all this shi*** going on. It is really too bad, cause this is a great country and used to have so many opportunities and they are now fading away.
    You certainly are serious this morning Sandee. Have a great day.

  2. here here sandee, how true it is.

  3. Brilliant! That guy is sooo correct. Watch it happen.

    Have a great day. Big hugs...

  4. amen!

    and thus, the tea parties are born. lemon?

    smiles, bee

  5. Great post.
    Sent it off to some friends

  6. Sorry, but "Middle America" is every where including Manhattan and every large city. Maybe more so in such places, where the have's and the have not's ride on the backs of the "middle class". The Republicans are the servants of the rich as the Democrats are seen to be the servants of the poor, who serves the rest of us?

  7. Ah, the power of the Vote! It's incredulous to me how many don't use it!

    Big Hugs xo

  8. I just hope that Nabisco continues to make Oreos in the wake of a revolution. That would Oreoless revolution.

  9. It is true.. the middle class is always the sucker... whether US or India!
    Have a great day!

  10. THANK YOU for posting this! I really like your blog!!

    Common Cents

    ps. Link Exchange/?

  11. well said,let me point sonething out,not only the greed of Wall Street caused this,the lack of control also brought this on.Both parties are to blame for this mess.not just the Democrats as some short sited people point out.I have said my piece,with that I hope that every one has a Great Day today.

  12. Mike - I don't consider any of these comments short sighted. We all have a right to our opinions. It's just that this administration has gone way too far and many Americans have had enough. I'm one of them.

    You have a great day too Mike. Big hug. :)

  13. Very well stated.

  14. You are pretty much right here, Sandee. The only thing is that pulling the 'right' lever feeling only lasts for one day.
    Real change comes hard.

  15. I have been saying this on my blog. I am totally in agreement with you and the new Oliver Stone movie Wall Street 2 is Oliver Stones, voice telling all of us to wake up. I am afraid we are past that point and can see a revolution happening, soon. The legs of which are already forming and unfortunately going to be seen ion our lifetime. I do feel so bad for our youth and for once will they not have it better then their parents generation, but the fact that this is the first generation that is morbidly obese, is one of the deep seated depression that is manifesting itself via an actual visible and statistical fact.

    Sandee writes a comedy blog and this is todays post, :-( Big Big Hugs from your bug in NY

  16. LOL bug=bud, well at least we had a laugh huh?

  17. Love you Glenn and bug or bud works for me. I knew what you meant. That was a cute slip. :)

  18. "committed to an angry memory"

    Beautifully written. Really great. Love it. You speak for me.

  19. Wonderful post Sandee. I'm very angry as well but I have to say that I can't blame the democrats for where we are. I think the bigger problem is that we have lost sight of the goals for our country. The only goals that seem to exist anymore are the goals of the few. This has been proven beyond doubt by the most recent ambivalence for what the people want but I fear it is just as rampant on the opposing side. I will use my votes to show those in power how I feel.

  20. I applaud you for this very accurate post. Imagine our surprise when as retired senior citizens with a gross income of $25,000 that we get the privilege to send the IRS a check for $600. What happened to the tax breaks for seniors and low income?

  21. Awesome post Sandee and so true! Hugs and loves! :)

  22. Yes, we make up those that pay their bills, work hard, pay a large chunk of taxes and are watching it being spent so frivolously by the government. That is a large part of why we're selling everything, moving on our sailboat and heading to Mexico!

  23. So many opinions, and so many blames, yet one thing I know for sure. A massive and powerful government is never good ... now, or at any time in history. When I say this, I mean for the people. Many need to know that gov "creates" these crisis to swoop in in the name of kindness, then steal liberty. The bs written into bills is shocking, yet people cheer them without even reading them. That is the danger we face. Personally, I would like to see Wash in Ton the size of a pin cushion, as it was originally intended.


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