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AdLib On June - 30 - 2011

There is so much anger in our society and politics today. The Tea Party spews racism and intolerance towards Pres. Obama, Democrats, Progressives and anyone else who don’t agree with them, the GOP/Kochs/Corporations/Wall Street make venomous attacks against unions, teachers, police, the unemployed, liberals, the educated and economic justice. Purist Dems savage Obama for not making all their dreams come true and Obama Purists wail on Democrats who criticize Obama at all, for being so nasty as to attack other Democrats.

Movies about mean spirited people keep coming out (Bad Teacher, Horrible Bosses, anything with Adam Sandler, etc.) . In commercials and tv shows, being cruel and snide is what’s supposed to make us laugh.

There’s so much hostility out there…doesn’t it just piss you off?!

Imagine if anger could be converted into electrical energy, we’d solve the economic and jobs crisis, the deficit, the energy crisis and make big progress on Climate Change. Then we’d be so pleased with how things are going, it would reduce our anger along with the energy it produced and plunge us into another jobs/ energy/deficit/climate crisis…which would make us so angry, we would produce enough energy to solve all of our problems again. This cycle could repeat indefinitely…in fact…it actually does.

Much of our society’s past has been a series of crises resulting from abuse by the wealthy and powerful, thrust on Americans who are forced to endure suffering then they eventually get angry enough to bring about change through public pressure and the polls. Once some change has been accomplished, the public relaxes and the wealthy and powerful sneak their hands in again to take away the public’s wealth and power…resulting again in crises.

This can be seen throughout American history to one degree or another but just to illustrate, let’s begin by looking back at this era beginning in the 1960’s – 1970’s. Racism caused the misery and deaths of many simply because of the color of their skin. Corporate industry was polluting our air, land and water. Nixon was undermining our democracy with criminal political activity. The Vietnam War was murdering so many young men of that generation for a war that had absolutely nothing to do with our nation’s security. The Establishment (corporate America and conservatives) were at war in a social context with that same younger generation as well as many others who opposed their views.

There was much more going on in that era as well but what happened then was that anger and resentment built up in enough of the public that they projected their will to demand Civil Rights laws, environmental laws, impeachment of a criminal President and laws to help prevent another one (folks back then could never have imagined someone like Bush following later), ending the Vietnam War, etc.

With all of that accomplished or moving forward, the public took a well deserved rest and decided they should treat themselves with a bit of self-indulgence. This fit well into the Reagan Era…where many of the same problems were ushered back in. Deregulation of industries allowing greater pollution of our air, land and water. Corruption in government including criminal activity by the President and his staff via Iran-Contra, unnecessary war in Grenada, a siege on on the younger generation through drug laws, anti-gay attacks (blaming them for AIDS and refusing to prevent its spread), war on the poor, homeless and mentally ill (Reagan slashed funding for mental facilities and was a big contributor to so many being tossed out into the street as homeless…while also defunding homeless shelters and food programs for the poor and homeless). George HW Bush continued all of this and as the country descended deeper into a recession and desperate times, they voted in Clinton.

A focus was turned again on solving our financial and social crises and as we came to the end of the Clinton Era, once again it was time to kick up our feet on the budget surplus and the dot com boom and relax. Then came the sequel (and as most know, sequels are always worse) Bush 2 (“This time there’s no stopping him!”). Once again, deregulation empowered corporations to poison the environment and destroy the nation’s economy. Criminal actions by a President occurred again through spying on Americans and employing torture. An unnecessary war was fought that has no impact on our national security but causes the deaths of  thousands of our young men and possibly more than a million people overall. Anti-gay hatred and laws were promoted, religious prejudice and intolerance rises, racism is exercised openly, economically and socially (with blacks being jailed at a rate many times higher than whites…including the criminals at Goldman Sachs who stole more than all blacks in jail for theft combined).

People once again got angry and brought about change, hence our President Barack Hussein Obama.

The problem this time though is that the destruction that each subsequent GOP Presidency inflicted was cumulative and the crises finally blew such a massive hole in our nation under Bush that one Democratic president, even in two terms, may not be able to fully repair that damage.

Now comes the problem. If the public’s anger at how long it takes for a Democratic President to repair the Republican damage to their lives and the nation, triggers their anger and need for change, as it did in 2010, they obliviously set the gears in motion again for another Republican President to send us far deeper into crises before we’ve ended the previous set of them. In essence, digging a deep hole while already standing in a deep hole…who knows if our country could ever fully climb out of that?

It’s hard to find a time in US history where Americans who are still suffering from long term crises caused primarily by one political party, bring the same party back to power after just four years, a party that not only retains the same philosophies that created the crises but is doubling down on them.

Anger makes me mad for that reason. It is a necessary and valuable emotion that can get you up off the couch and active in changing the way things are but if it’s not channeled solely into motivation and spills into decision making, it can have destructive results.

So if we were to think of ourselves as being like cars, anger is indeed a powerful fuel for us, it can power us to change and accomplish things. However, you don’t drive a car solely by stepping on the gas pedal (as too many voters did last year). You also need to use principles to steer by, reason as your brakes and vision to look down the road at where you’re going as well as checking periodically in the rear view mirror to keep an eye on where you’ve been and what may be coming your way.

So, many things that can be used destructively can also have a constructive use as well. The excess of anger there is out there in the media, politics and society is like a gas nozzle spewing wildly. That nozzle needs to be re-directed into the tank of a vehicle that can take us to where we want to go.

Only then can our anger end up making us happy.

Written by AdLib

My motto is, "It is better to have blogged and lost hours of your day, than never to have blogged at all."

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  1. oldandgrumpy says:

    Anger is going to be the dominant theme of the next few decades in America. We are an empire in decline and there is no practical way to reverse that. We can be salved and stroked by those who might promise to soften our landing, but the direction we are heading is our destiny.

    We have adjusted to an economy and lifestyle that was built upon Americans consuming 4 -5 times their share of our world’s resources. That was, and is, unsustainable. Had we gone into “protective” mode after the 60’s, instead of deluding ourselves into thinking that we could maintain our living standard while allowing the global capitalists to dilute it with unfair trade, we might have stretched out the time to our reckoning. Of course, we would have missed all those wild rides that we experienced from the resulting “bubble” economy that only burst completely three years ago.

    The financial powers in America are just sweeping up the last tidbits of wealth remaining before moving on completely to greener pastures. America has an immense debt to the world without any mechanism to repay that debt. This will very soon be reflected in run a way inflation that will leave even millionaires in the dust as the dollar readjusts to the nation’s “real” worth. Our infrastructure is broken and in disrepair and most of us make our living by servicing each other in some fashion. This is our current reality and will only reverse itself when China and India eventually begin shopping for a source of cheap labor. And the wheel goes around.

  2. jjgravitas says:

    In regards to anger, it’s high time we began ignoring the emotion and listening only to the message, it there is one. The message is what matters. Do that and you’ll see that the message coming from the Tea Party is as hollow as an empty tea kettle.

  3. AlphaBitch says:

    CL: how about the passage from James 2:14 -- 17 -- “What does it profit, my brethren, if a man says he has faith but has not works? Can his faith save him? If a brother or sister is ill-clad and in lack of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled” without giving them the things needed for the body, what does it profit? So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.”

    And therein lies the difference between James, who has been called the brother of Jesus, and Paul, who never met nor studied under Jesus while he was alive. James is my favorite book of the Bible. It’s a wonder it made it into the Bible, and no wonder at all that Talibangelicals fail to quote from it.

    • AdLib says:

      Isn’t it interesting that RW Fundamentalists who proclaim their reverence for Christianity, completely ignore what the namesake of their religion stood for?

      It’s just an inconvenient fact for them that Jesus only really spoke against one group, the wealthy. So many quotes with reverence for the poor, the powerless and all of us as neighbors and fellow human beings. And so many quotes against the wealthy and greed. He came out against the money changers, not in favor of their accumulating wealth.

      The question really is, just because they claim to be Christians, if their positions are the antithesis of what Jesus believed, are they in fact Christians?

      • Father Jake has siad several times that modern Christians focus on Yeshua’s birth and death. Everything in between is irrelevant.

        Pop Quiz: Which of the following are the most-attended days of the Christian calendar?

        A. Birth (Christmas)
        B. Epiphany
        C. Sermon on the Mount
        D. Death (Easter)

        ‘Nuff said?

        Now, look up the word “apostate”.

      • AlphaBitch says:

        AdLib: This one’s for you --

        James 2:2-7 “For if a man with gold rings and in fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothes also comes in, and you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say ‘Have a seat here, please’, while you say to the poor man ‘Stand there,’, or ‘Sit at my feet’, have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts? Listen, my beloved brethren. Has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs to the kingdom which he has promised to those who love him? But you have dishonored the poor man. Is it not the rich who oppress you, is it not they who drag you into court? Is it not they who blaspheme that honorable name by which you are called?”

        And when they want to do those loud, scary group prayers and “pah-raise Jeesus”, I just say “Oh! Sorry. No can do.” When they ask why, thinking I am a child of the devil, I just quote them Matthew 6:6 -- “But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” It works, truly it does.

        I actually kind of like thumping the Bible right back at ’em. I’m a contentious little Bitch. But I know my scripture, and I know what is right. And I “don’t back down”……

  4. KQuark says:

    Wow Adlib I was thinking the same thing but of course you said it much better.

    I for one really want to move past all this partisan nonsense. I think the hyperpartisanship in itself is what is destroying this country the most just like Obama said in his 2008 campaign. Of course when the other side’s only tactic is hyperpartisanship you have to fight back but it’s still far from the optimum way to run a country. Worse it makes both sides angry and anger leads to bad decision making. I mean reasonable people would never think it is a good thing to hold the country hostage and not pay our bills.

    I for one miss the days when presidents were presidents for all the people and not just special interest groups on both sides.

    • AdLib says:

      Hey KQ -- Great minds and all that!

      The majority of Americans and I think most Progressives want to get past this hyper-partisanship as well. Two things about that, first, the GOP NEEDS hyper-partisanship because they need a mob mentality to drive their supporters past the fact that they have no solutions and just into “Us vs. Them” mode. If the Repubs just tried compete on the field of ideas to help the American People, they’d be empty-handed and lose immediately.

      Second, the only way to get to post-hyper-partisan government is to remove the hyper-partisans. Right now, the GOP is almost uniformly that way so though it may seem a bit of a contradiction, the only way to get past hyper-partisanship is to be hyper-partisan against the party undermining our democracy then once in power, being in a position to diffuse it.

      Sometimes you have to fight fire with fire to prevail over those who are ruthless then having won, you can set an example of how to govern fairly and wisely.

      • KQuark says:

        No doubt that conservatives stir up hyperpartisanship more because it’s a mainstream theme to them.

        But I can’t help but see progressives become more and more angry and deliver a more and more negative message. Conservatives are right about one thing the blame America first attitude with many on the left is palatable. I know the progressive argument. It’s suppose to be only because progressives care about making America better but it’s gotten way beyond that point. Honestly I see many progressives now smugly sit on the sidelines and cheer America’s downfall because we did not try the “progressive” way whatever that is.

        I can’t read an article even when it has some positive news on the economy for example where a progressive has to instantly spin it as negative as possible. There is a whole cottage industry on the left out there that seems to be promoting a self fulfilling prophecy to make America into some kind of third world country. A big part of succeeding as an individual or a country is having a good attitude otherwise there is no motivation to strive to succeed. We have gone from the greatest generation to the gloom and doom loving generation that really don’t care if America succeeds again as long as it’s they can blame the other side.

  5. SueInCa says:

    We are all a bit angry in our own little ways but did anyone notice something peculiar in the last few weeks?

    I could be wrong but I hear whisperings of the 2012 general election. First of all I have NEVER heard from Tom “carpetbagger” McClintock and I have gotten 3 emails from him in the past three weeks for his “online” town halls LOL.
    The President is all of a sudden talking about the “people”.
    The corporate chatter from the politicians is dying down a little and they are talking about us.
    Why? Because they need our votes. That chatter is going to get louder in the next few months until they draw us all in and get our help. What would happen if the “People” as one, said no dice. We are not going to the polls, see if you can get elected on your own. I think just one election like that would probably jolt them back to reality. I know it won’t happen but I can contemplate such an activity. It don’t cost me a dime.

    • AdLib says:

      I’d like to see just the opposite. What if instead of 49% of eligible voters coming to the polls in 2012, 75% turned out and angrily threw out much of those who are corporate puppets.

      That would put the fear of God into all of them, to put the voters first and corporate donations 2nd, if voters made clear that corporate money in lieu of working for them makes one a marked man for defeat by the voters.

      • SueInCa says:

        That would work too but first you have to have the “honest” politician to pull that lever for. Anyone can fool you in an election year, they are on their best behavior. Perhaps a truthtelling machine hooked up to each one so that when they tell even the smallest lie they get a shock would work. It would be entertaining lol, geez now I am starting to sound like the people who threw the Christians to the lions.

        • AdLib says:

          Hey. I’m all for states requiring a televised lie detector test on all key issues for anyone wanting to be put on the ballot! That would be both entertaining and enlightening!

  6. SueInCa says:

    When I get down, this one always helps me.

  7. doutngtomss says:

    This is pervasive…I was j-u-s-t thinking of this scene from “Network” the other day. I Am ANGRY as HELL
    and I’m sick of “take’n it”
    Sh/T’s only gonna get worse folks! Hate to be a pessimist in our “can do ” empire, but I know too may people who find “things are just fine”, and wouldn’t ever consider “rock’n da” boat!???

    • AdLib says:

      Welcome to The Planet, doutngtomss.

      I do think it’s too bad that as a whole, a majority of Americans have to be suffering badly enough to get up from in front of their TVs to take action.

      It takes so much less energy and brings one so much less suffering to stay alert and act swiftly when one’s being attacked.

      I do think it’s happening now, as we see in the swing states and the protests against their Repub/Corporate Govs trying to sell out their people.

      Hopefully all the anger and suffering will hit a boiling point in time for the 2012 election.

  8. Sabreen60 says:

    I care that the President is disrespected. Actually, I am sick and tired of it. From the campaign to the shouting of YOU LIE by Wilson to President Obama who stood on the floor of Congress. This President has been publicly disrespected over and over. Why is it so hard for these so-called media heads to say “President” Obama? No, I have had enough. And evidently so have a lot of other people. The “money bomb” for President Obama surpassed it’s goal, yesterday. I know I gave. In fact, I gave again when Sen. Roberts implied that Pres. Obama needed to take a valium aka “the angry black guy”. I gave again when Cornyn called the President of the United States a demagogue. I read that MSNBC received a ton of emails, calls and tweets. So yes, for many of us this matters.

    • Khirad says:

      As far as the Halperin incident went, it wasn’t comparable to those others, really. I didn’t even register it when it went down live. The far more disrespectful part was the whole notion that the pieces describe. That he was out of line for calling Congress out. That’s what was galling to me.

      That being said, any fundraising that comes out of it is welcomed.

    • Chernynkaya says:

      Sabreen, I too very much care that the President was disrespected. I think the authors of those posts do too--in fact, they’ve been explaining themselves on Twitter. Their point was, Yes that was very bad, but the worse obscenity was Halperin’s criticism of what and how the president said. Even if Halperin had said, “The President shouldn’t have been so forceful,” Halperin was WRONG. The focus is now on the disrespect instead of the outrageous criticism in the first place. Reeps are sickeningly disrespectful, but MORE than that, their very ideas and policies are the real obscenity, and THAT is what any honest and discerning pudnut should have called out.

  9. AlphaBitch says:

    Here is my motto, expressed in voice by the lovely Patty Griffin: I Don’t Ever Give Up. Whenever we try and pull something off for the good of Afghanistan, and we face the immeasurable hurdles -- danger, corruption, incompetence -- I remind them: You don’t have to be richer, more powerful or stronger than your enemy. You just have to be smarter. So far, we’ve won. Not the war, but the battles. My belief is the battles will add up one day.

    Let the anger fuel you, don’t let it destroy you. It’s a marathon, not a sprint.

    • SueInCa says:

      I admire your spunk and upbeat attitude.

    • AdLib says:

      Very beautiful and inspiring, AB!

      The key indeed is to keep righteous anger in the fuel tank and your eyes on the destination.

      May I add one of my theme songs in this area:

      • foodchain says:

        AdLib, anger and destination is so important. Channeling energy into a purpose, survival, helping, even self awareness moves us all forward.

      • coveark says:

        OH Yeah…….that is the kind of thing I ‘m talkin about.!

        One big pleasure this girl got to do was to see Tom and Bob Dylan at Irvine Meadows………..Loved it.

      • AlphaBitch says:

        AdLib: I’ll see you a Wilbury (I am STILL a huge fan of Roy, or who I refer to as “The Big O”), and raise you a Dixie Chick. Natalie Maines is from Texas. “Natalie speaks for me” is the tee shirt I still want…

        P.S. I dedicate this song to kesmarn and choice lady.

      • SueInCa says:

        Oh yeah Adlib. I love the Travelling Wilburys. I first bought their CD way back in 1989 then lost it. Roy Orbison’s wife pulled all recordings from the market for awhile so my nephew made me a bootleg copy. About 5 years ago I found the double album in Costco. Dave Clark Five’s fmily did the same with his music for awhile.

        • AdLib says:

          For some strange reason, my daughter just locked onto The Traveling Wilburys at 6 years old and played them all the time.

          One day, we had the wonderful occasion to bump into Jeff Lynne. I first expressed how much we enjoyed his work, told him my daughter was a big fan of his then introduced her to him explaining “He was one of The Traveling Wilburys!”

          She got all shy but hopefully she’ll remember that moment when she’s older…though her friends will likely say “Who are The Traveling Wilburys and Jeff Lynne?”

          • SueInCa says:

            That is so special for her. It is good that you are learning her young on music. We always had music growing up and my kids were weaned on all types from a very early age. My son plays guitar, saxaphone, piano and sings acapella, my daughter is a music hound. They both have an appreciation for all types of music.

            My sister met Jeff Lynne up in Tahoe. She ran into him gambling and they started talking and he gave her tickets to the show and took her and her boyfriend out for dinner. She was thrilled and said he was just a regular down to earth guy. She used to have a regular gig in the Bay Area and then she got “marriedified”. She kept it up for awhile but family life eventually took over. She still sings when she can with her old group but not nearly as often as she would like.

    • escribacat says:

      AB! What’s the name of that Durango spa you always go to? I’m heading there in August and can’t decide between the Strater Hotel and a hot springs spa.

      • AlphaBitch says:

        CAT!!! I go to Pagosa Springs; it is one hour from Durango (east). You simply MUST go. We are there 8/7 and 8/8; any chance we can meet? Send me an email; our computer crashed and I lost so many addresses.

        I’m also going to Telluride, Mesa Verde and Santa Fe. Will have the Blov and the Alpha Pup in tow….

  10. whatsthatsound says:

    Elvis Costello is not angry.

  11. Abbyrose86 says:

    I can’t speak for anyone but myself…but I
    AM very angry and very bitter. I am angry because “what could be” and :what should be”, isn’t on the table.

    I am angry that 46 million of my fellow citizens are living in poverty when there are 10 million living in grandeur.

    I am angry that for so many the American dream is nothing more than an illusion…a myth, that they will NEVER have the ability to realize.

    I am angry that millions of my fellow citizens are trying to survive on 30-50K a year, and depending on where they live, that can be a very difficult undertaking, due to the costs of living in those areas.

    I am angry that corporate execs are making 500 TIMES that of their lowest paid workers, those workers who they NEED to make the company provide it’s product or service, yet are treated like disposable cattle.

    I am angry that our nation has broken the social contract with it’s citizens and is moving toward a new age of feudalism.

    I am angry that there are children who are being indoctrinated into a corporate, marketing scam of big business that hopes to enshrine them in debt, pharmaceuticals and indentured servitude.

    I am angry and I’ve had enough of the bullshit.

    • KQuark says:

      I feel bad because you sound so miserable. I also see some hyperbole in your post because you are biased by your anger like we are heading towards feudalism. That’s utter nonsense knowing what feudalism really is. If you only judge life through what you have materially as opposed to what someone else has sure you can be angry or is it envy. But I think that’s a false perception of what’s important in life.

      • Abbyrose86 says:

        Kquark, I think you misunderstood the point of my posts. This isn’t just about ME, as a matter of fact, if YOU really READ the post, you would see it has nothing to do with me at all. But I don’t see life from only my own eyes. I was blessed with the gift of empathy.

        How can anyone with a conscience and a sense of decency, walk around and SEE what is so clearly an unstable and disgustingly unfair situation and NOT be angry!

        Life is VERY short. I’m 43 now and seriously it feels like just yesterday that I was 20. the years have flown by and during that time, just like everyone I have lived through than my share of difficulties and drama. The stories I could tell. I’ve buried both my parents as well as many loved ones. I’ve known many people who are barely able to survive in our system and who’s life is but a drudgery…and I think it is disgusting. There is too much suffering by too many people.

        I’m happy for those if you have not had the opportunity to feel REAL hardship or who have NOT had to chose between healthcare or keeping a roof over their head. Good for them…but I think it disgusting that in a nation so full of resources that so many are living paycheck to paycheck and are one illness, one job loss away from utter chaos. BTW…stress kills. Stress causes many problems both physically and psychologically. Economic trauma is devastating to people and families and to pretend that it’s just materialism is naive.

        Come join me at the homeless shelter tomorrow, where I volunteer every Saturday….the problems in our culture are systemic, not the issue of individual irresponsibility or failure.

        Perspective is key here, just because some people in a nation have lived one way doesn’t me that others have had the same experiences. Thus it is disingenuous to ASSUME anything about the specific experiences of a great number of people, based on one’s own experiences or lack thereof.

        REAL people are REALLY suffering throughout the country and I find that unacceptable. I find it unacceptable that there are people in their 50’s with health issues who are working tedious low paying service jobs, without paid time off…just to survive. Do you honestly think those people are happy??? Hate to break it to you…they aren’t.

        There is no reason that those in the top 1% are living like they do, when so many aren’t able to obtain necessary healthcare or who have to rely on charity for food and shelter. It’s disgusting.

        Money is a necessity of life in our land. ONE cannot live without financial means and the lack of financial security does lead to a type of serfdom, as it basically leads to an indentured servitude. There are many people who make just over poverty levels working for bad bosses who treat them horrifically and who are unable to quit that horrible job. YOU would be amazed just how many out there live like this everyday, and it take a toll on them, mentally, and physically. How is that NOT like serfdom??

        The big multinational corporations are the new nation states and the peon workers of these great enterprises are nothing more than serfs. THE analogy IS accurate whether you believe it or not…I have actually had this conversation with many professors of history, politics and economics and for the most part, those studied individuals too see the similarities in the concepts. Just because most people are blind to it, doesn’t mean it’s not happening.

        Feudalism was more than just an agrarian culture it was hierarchical system where those born into a certain caste were there for life. The nobles grew rich off the work of their subjects and for the privilege of working the land and eating, the serfs and working people paid taxes to the elite nobility. There are adequate examples of the similarities to our social and corporate hierarchies today. Just because the terms are different and the concepts are slightly different doesn’t mean the overall system is different.

    • SueInCa says:

      I hear you AbbyRose. As long as one child in this country is hungry or homeless, I consider this experiment in Democracy incomplete.

    • AdLib says:

      Here, here!

      This is justifiable anger we’re feeling and a sense of betrayal. The BS we were and are fed about The American Dream and American Exceptionalism doesn’t work to hide reality from us anymore. It’s like the old Groucho joke, “Who are you going to believe, me or your own eyes?”

      We have to be the ones who call out loudly that The Emperor has no clothes, that America is not what the commercials say it is. It is and is becoming more so, a desperate and hostile place for most Americans.

      And as you surely recall, what happened in that fable is that once the rest of the crowd really heard that the Emperor had no clothes, they didn’t buy into the delusion anymore and saw him as he really was.

      Below, I called it an Awakening but whatever we want to call it, it’s up to those of us who see what is going on to inspire others to get angry enough to take action and together, change the way things are.

      I mean, around 99% of the nation is on the receiving end of a declining standard of living, all we have to do is come together and vent our shared anger at the politicians and polls and things can change.

      After all, most politicians only care about one thing, getting re-elected and if their voters make it clear that won’t happen if they don’t pass the bills we demand they pass, those bills will get passed, by them or by whoever replaces them when they’re voted out.

    • Abbyrose86 says:

      I am angry that people have to work on Holidays and have little time off with their families and to have a life…lest they lose their job.

      I am angry that so many are just struggling to survive while so many live so high off the hog.

      I am angry that so many of my fellow citizens can’t go to the doctor…a co worker of mine, a lady in her 50’s is sick and can’t afford to go to the doctor, her shitty health insurance and low pay make it unaffordable! (BUT she has health insurance…a high deductible one…but she’s insured…even though she only makes 12 bucks an hour). HER husband had the audacity to be human and have a heart attack thus thrusting her at age 45 into the workforce, without any marketable skills…the audacity of her and her husband…(sarcasm).

      I am angry that we accept living as we do in this nation…we are very sick nation…mentally sick…psychotic actually…we espouse the ideals of sociopaths and justify such behavior…it’s pathetic!

      I can go on and on as to why I AM ANGRY…and as to what bothers ME about our ‘great nation’…but alas if I do, I just might go postal!

      • Abbyrose86 says:

        AND I am MOST angry that I was lied to or mislead.

        As a generation X’er I had the misfortune to come of age in the 80’s after having been raised, and taught by those of the ‘great generation’. I was told that being honest, working hard, getting a good education were all the ingredients I needed to have a good life….that I would get a good job, be able to earn enough to have a good life for me and my progeny. I was sold a bill of goods, that was just NOT true.

        After 20 years (and having the audacity to have a vagina and not a penis in corporate America)…I found out, I had to sell my soul completely and be without any morals if I wanted to ‘make it big’ and have financial security. Otherwise, I was a liability and dispensable. I learned A LOT in my years in corporate boardrooms and none of it was pretty. It was evil…honesty, integrity and decency are NOT appreciated in our culture…WOW. WOW…I was floored to realize that all I had been taught and all I valued was NOT valued at all by those who have power.

        Now, I’m partaking on a political career and finding it’s even worse than the what I thought…

        I’m disillusioned and disgusted.

        • AdLib says:

          This is the game that needs to be exposed. The wealthy and powerful promote idealistic principles to the masses, pretend to subscribe to them then surreptitiously prey on the masses as the unethical weasels that they are.

          A study was done a while back of high school seniors and more than 70% said they believed they would one day be millionaires. Square that with 99% of all Americans not being millionaires.

          If people can be enlightened that they will never be millionaires, that they will need SS and Medicare that pays well enough for them to actually be able to retire one day and that they’re being lied to by a system that deceives them so they’ll be happy and distracted in their velvet servitude to the wealthy, the whole charade could fall apart and real change to this system could take place.

          I’m sorry your adventures in politics have been so disillusioning. Not knowing exactly what’s been transpiring, I’d just offer that you have to ignore those who seek to tell you how you can’t do things or the only way things work and focus on reaching out to the people who can support you and vote for you. There’s always a game the status quo wants you to play or believe is the only way to do things but that’s because they’re not creative, they depend on everyone conforming to their game so they can sustain the game they benefit from.

          If you don’t like it, don’t play it and come up with your own strategy.

          • Abbyrose86 says:

            Thanks Adlib and I appreciate that you completely understood the point of my rantings!

            There are so many myths and propaganda that many believe to be true and as such cause unnecessary misery.

  12. whatsthatsound says:

    Terrific article, cap’n! Anger has both healthy and unhealthy dimensions. Ones that can move us forward, others that keep us stuck where we are, and still others that take us further and further back. Hitler took the anger of the German people and turned it into the most horrific regime in human history.

    How could that anger have been channeled differently? Certainly not by Hitler, as he was bloodthirsty and saw himself as the embodiment of that rage and hatred. But even a more benevolent person would have had a very hard job in front of him, trying to make things better in those circumstances.
    Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, etc.; these are leaders who turned the expression of anger into positive gains, not just for the people they represented, but for our entire race. Were they less angry than Hitler? Perhaps not; but their anger had a less malignant quality to it.

    For me, personally, no form of malignant anger is ever good. Smears, lies, attacks, incitements toward hatred and demonization of those not like us -- the results of this kind of anger couldn’t be more predictable.
    The GOOD kind of anger is more refined; those who have mastered it and can work with it are the ideal leaders, I feel. We have to listen with a great deal of discernment to hear the voices of such men and women.

    • AdLib says:

      Right with you, WTS. Gandhi, MLK, Mandela all channeled righteous anger into meaningful change. That’s what we need to do now, with or without a leader of that caliber. Not dissing Obama but he isn’t an “anger” guy, it would have to be someone else.

      As to the small-mindedness of those whose anger comes from self-righteousness or prejudice, it serves no one, not even the one who spouts it. It reduces them in the eyes of others and eats away at them, eventually devouring their reason.

      It doesn’t seem difficult to recognize “good” anger. If the anger comes from injustice, that would seem plainly to be good anger.

      And we need to be good and angry, there needs to be a moral authority to change or it will be just as quickly reversed.

      • whatsthatsound says:

        I don’t agree that “good” anger is easy to spot. Certainly the anger of the Germans came from injustice. The unjust war reparations imposed by the British and French after WWI DID call for a certain amount of anger.
        The anger that many Chinese, Koreans, etc. feel toward Japan is plainly a result of the wrongs Japan committed against them in the 20th century, but it serves no real productive purpose at this point, when these three countries should be natural economic/ cultural partners leading the world right now.

        MOST anger that unites an entire people comes as a result of actual injustice. The Serbs have been both victim and abuser. Let’s not forget that Native Americans committed atrocities too, not just white settlers.
        Many people who join militias, the Tea Party, etc., or who lovingly lap up Glenn Beck’s hate speeches sense that our society is deeply unjust, but don’t need to know who to turn to or what to do about it. In fact, to his fans, Glenn Beck’s anger IS good anger, although none of us here would agree. That is what I mean by discernment. Who is pointing the way toward positive change, and who is leading us to the abyss? It is not always easy to discern.

        • AdLib says:

          The anger of the Germans came from desperate times that were the result of their launching WW1, that’s not injustice.

          If I started a fight with someone else, they won that fight and I had to deal with serious injuries from it, I was not wronged, I was the cause of my own misery.

          As you say, the anger of China and Korea towards Japan is historically justified. In my book, the one who instigates has the burden of repairing trust and damage but those who have been harmed shouldn’t allow anger and grudges against people long dead to blind them from seeing what’s best for them.

          Maybe I am simplifying something that can’t be but let me try this one last proposition, if one’s anger over an injustice would lead to bringing about another injustice, that is “bad” anger. If it instead would bring about something only beneficial to others and society, then that would be good.

          And if it involved receiving extra bacon in any way, that would definitely be good.

  13. SueInCa says:

    You surely opened the flood gates with this one. Thanks for having the foresight to write it. I know I got alot of anger out by expressing my thoughts, it was definitely a stress reliever. Thanks.

    • AdLib says:

      Hey Sue, very glad this hit a chord with you and a number of others. There is a daily barrage of words and deeds each day that anger many of us, the gall that those with power and/or visibility have crosses a farther and farther line each day (like the editor-at-large for Time calling the President of the United States “a dick” on a news channel) is astounding.

      Not to mention the frustrations many Planeteers and many Americans out there have to face in their day to day lives thanks to the greed and corruption of those with the most power.

      So, if we can get to the bottom of the things that are pissing us off, maybe we can collaborate on how we can attack the root of the problem.

      And in the meantime, it’s a good feeling to get the things off our chests that we’re all pissed off about and know that we’re not feeling these things just by ourselves, we’re all in this together.

  14. coveark says:

    Excellent article. It is interesting to see the problems expressed in such a concise way.

    As many do, I knew these things and they piss me off just as they did in the late 60’s and 70’s. I do have to pace that anger. In fact now it has become simply recognizing that we live in a country that I did not know existed…….not the America that I thought it was….and again I learned that years ago too.

    It is stunning to feel like you are living in the looney bin surrounded by ignorance, bullheaded blindness and people spouting Bull Shit all of the time.

    I used to scare myself as I truly believed in Love and Peace but was also so very pissed off !! Now with the internet you can really get down with the massive info and also disinformation…….used to be you could just shut off the TV.

    It is always so strange that the lessons are not learned and passed down through each generation……..of course the kids do not usually listen to the last generation either as they want to be thamselves. Many of the the children of Activists and Hippies became Yuppies and Evangelicals. Your vision is good and your thoughts were certainly well put.

    Thanks for the very interesting points made.

    • AdLib says:

      Thanks Coveark and nice to see you.

      I too believed years ago and still believe today in the basic humanity and goodness of people. Our corporately corrupted society has removed our guilt as best as it can in our choosing to be selfish at times and we are far too often.

      However, and it’s too bad it takes this but when there is a tragedy, you see that humanity come out in so many. When we had the Northridge quake here in LA, in Louisiana after Katrina, as Kalima’s mentioned in Japan after the quake there, when something terrible happens, it seems like the facade we’re living in called modern society falls away and people become compassionate towards others.

      Granted, those who are corrupt use such a time to prey on others but they are always in the minority as I’ve witnessed.

      I was and remain very pissed off at a variety of things and rotten people, I think it is an asset because I use it as fuel. I think those who are apathetic or just don’t care enough about others that much and don’t get angry are not bad people but you won’t find them as often in voting booths and at rallies for meaningful issues. They are part of the problem though because their disinterest in what’s going on around them empowers those who are taking it away from them piece by piece.

      I guess what I would like to see is a focused and concerted effort by The Left to express very concisely and directly, why people should be angry and how they can use that anger to right these wrongs.

      We need to be angry, we can indeed believe in peace and love and at the same time be furious at the injustices being committed.

      We need another 1960’s right now though without the issue of a draft, the youth are not as unified in activism but there are a lot of them out there who are and will be taking action.

      • coveark says:

        Hey, always good to hear from you too.

        Thanks for your reply.

        That Northridge quake was a hum dinger. We moved to the mid South when CA priced us out of buying a house or even a mobile home on land. When Katrina happened I do have to say that the then Governor Huckabee was right on it. ( I would NEVER support him for President though) I was happy to do some hands on help in locating families of those who were dispached to camps here from NO.

        That is what it is about. Empathy for the plight of others that are within our ability to be of service to.

        I sincerely hope to go back home soon. Again I really appreciated your article and also the ‘right on ‘ reply. I cannot say that often as I do not want the right to go on……silly huh…:-0.

        We also could use some really pounding passionate set your soul and heart on fire music !! ( Toby Keith did that about Iraq, Unfortunately) Bless the Dixie Chicks though. Well, bed time…Night 🙂

        • AdLib says:

          Putting politics aside, the surrounding states around Louisiana helped out quite generously after Katrina.

          It’s affirming to see people just acting as human beings instead of Repubs or Dems when there’s a disaster like this and humanity is so needed.

          Very kind and meaningful for you to have helped families at that time, I have no doubt that it meant an enormous amount to them.

          Agreed. I saw Bound For GLory not so long agao, all of those powerful songs Woody Guthrie wrote and sang about living in tough times in America and coming together. I’ve been thinking that some kind of modern take on that kind of socially activist music might really hit a chord with many right now and maybe even be a theme for coming together and taking action.

          Either way, it sure feels like the people are pushing back right now. Sleep well!

        • coveark says:

          I guess I spoke too soon about music…..But….It needs to fire up this generation ……………If not………all on this post is very good.

  15. Abbyrose86 says:

    On December 10, 1948 the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights the full text of which appears in the following pages. Following this historic act the Assembly called upon all Member countries to publicize the text of the Declaration and “to cause it to be disseminated, displayed, read and expounded principally in schools and other educational institutions, without distinction based on the political status of countries or territories.”

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    Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,

    Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people,

    Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law,

    Whereas it is essential to promote the development of friendly relations between nations,

    Whereas the peoples of the United Nations have in the Charter reaffirmed their faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person and in the equal rights of men and women and have determined to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,

    Whereas Member States have pledged themselves to achieve, in co-operation with the United Nations, the promotion of universal respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms,

    Whereas a common understanding of these rights and freedoms is of the greatest importance for the full realization of this pledge,

    Now, Therefore THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY proclaims THIS UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations, to the end that every individual and every organ of society, keeping this Declaration constantly in mind, shall strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms and by progressive measures, national and international, to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance, both among the peoples of Member States themselves and among the peoples of territories under their jurisdiction.

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    • AdLib says:

      Now, if only we could get this the attention it deserves in the mass media instead of sexting scandals and bus trips by egocentric ignoramuses, that would be great.

  16. kesmarn says:

    AdLib, one of the very best things about your article is the mini-history wrap up you included. And the very regular, clear pattern that is so evident there.

    Republicans run the entire country and/or world into a ditch. Dems come along and clean up. Over and over and over.

    Wouldn’t you think people would start to notice after a while?

    But then I guess that would require knowing what happened longer ago than last week or being able to focus for longer than a Green Lantern movie lasts.

    As you said, anger can be energizing. But knowing where to turn the Death Ray of Anger, knowing how to pick your battles, that’s a little trickier.

    The Kochs love it when Dennis Kucinich or Michelle Backmann absorb all of our attention. They love it when the Hispanic gangs fight the Black gangs on the streets of Toledo. They love it when Christian fundies take a hostile stand toward Muslims. They’re happy when non-unionized workers get furious with state, city and municipal employees who are getting pensions. They’re tickled when people making $30,000/yr and people making $100,000/yr actually see each other as enemies. There’s no limit to the various ways we can be sliced and diced and set against each other. Divide and conquer. It’s as old as human history.

    What if the Obama fans and the people who think he’s not nearly lefty enough united with the Hispanic kids and the Black kids, and then that group linked up with the fundies and the Muslims, the union workers and the non-union workers, the oldies and the kids, the poor and the working class? And what if they all — all together — figured out who was screwing them on a daily basis?

    And — united solidly — what if they rose up and said: “No More” with one mighty voice?

    Think that might scare a few folks in the top 1% and their lackeys?

    I sure hope so.

    • AdLib says:

      Right with you on that Kes. In fact, maybe the Dems should make a political ad that simply shows how Repub Presidents destroy the US and Dem Presidents repair it?

      I should have said in my article that justifiable anger can be constructive. Irrational hatred and misguided anger helps no one but as you say, the few who have power over the many. As long as we fight among ourselves, there can be no solidarity to fight them off.

      I like the “No More” Coalition, I do think many of those you mention would too!

    • choicelady says:

      Kes -- my organization does what you propose. We, WASPs to the core and people of fairly conventional Protestant faiths, are uniting with people of color, young and old, with LGBT people, with unions folks, with Muslims, with atheists and agnostics and those of traditional faith (Native American, Pagan), with military folks -- you name it, anyone who is embattled -- and I think we are unstoppable. The energy comes from excited recognition of our common humanity. The anger is directed and focused at those who abuse and belittle us equally. We know WE are privileged, and we see an imperative to work harder for justice and the common good.

      Yeah -- I see the anger and it pisses me off -- but what we can do, can shape, can create is SO exciting that it keeps me going.

      That and a nap.

      • kesmarn says:

        May I add caffeine and Motrin to the list of “Things That Keep Us Going,” c’lady? 😀

        c’lady, I love your organization!! People can say what they want about the mainline Protestant conventional types, but dammit, when you get those folk riled, you have a force to be reckoned with. (Just like librarians. Don’t get them pissed off! 😉 )

        The RW fundies conveniently forget that Jesus wasn’t all fluttery eyelashes and gazing heavenward with hands clasped piously. He was quite capable of a little table-flippin’, whip braidin’ fury when he noticed that the “derivatives traders” and the “televangelists” were forming a rather unholy alliance.

        He never insisted that we weren’t ever supposed to be angry. He chose his battles and he expects us to choose ours. And then not to wimp out.

        • choicelady says:

          kes -- I think there is overlap between riled up Protestants and riled up librarians!!! Same basic sense of doing the work for the Common Good, and those who think everything should be MARKET driven and PRIVATIZED find all of us united against that.

          I agree about the coffee and Motrin, BTW. I get so MAD I clench my teeth in my sleep and now have a huge case of TMJ. I now need to wean myself off both the action and the pain reliever -- I’m an Advil person overall, but too much is too much.

          But I’m feeling very excited about some new and energetic coalitions building. People who ARE Mad as Hell are no longer going to “take it” anymore. We are working to push BACK the forces of darkness -- all of them human in origin (we have no Divvil to blame since we don’t tend to believe in that) and thus changeable.

          If you can’t lick ’em -- go AROUND them! They don’t pay attention, so we can make real progress while they’re sipping champagne from long stemmed glasses…

          Have you ever thought about how much these people resemble Marie Antoinette? That did not turn out so well for her.

          • AdLib says:

            You’re right there, boots on the ground in real America where real people are waking up to the urgency of the moment.

            I love the Marie Antoinette comparison, the elite are in their bubble and so removed from the real world.

            Consider that Obama winning in 2008 was a Marie Antoinette moment for them, they counted on Giuliani, Romney, McCain or Hillary definitely being in the WH…then along comes Obama from completely off their radar screen.

            They did scramble to put some investment in him but he was absolutely not who they foresaw would become president so they didn’t buy up his stock early. And he has been far tougher on them than any of the others would have been (i.e. Elizabeth Warren).

            I’m not planning on it but what if the 2012 election stuns the pundits and status quo, what if the people are really coming together to reject the corporatization of our democracy and society in an astoundingly powerful way?

            I do think it can happen and if it does, all we’ll hear about is how no one could have predicted it.

            Right, no one in the corporate media bubble, they have enough trouble predicting which foot comes after the other.

  17. Chernynkaya says:

    Poll after poll seems to show that the vast majority of Americans are NOT angry. And more important, they don’t like the bellicosity they see in politics and the media. I don’t think that means that they are not worried about any number of events. Polls also show that confidence in the economy is low, and that many of us feel that America is declining—for different reasons. Most Americans sense that there is a dangerous sea-change happening and that goes across Party lines, and thus is attributed to opposing factors. So, we don’t agree at all about what is wrong, just that we agree that something most definitely is wrong. And those polls also inform the tone that the President has undertaken. He walks a line between voicing the outrage and fury that some of us feel and maintaining his reason and civility that the majority prefer. I remind myself of that several times a day, as I yearn for him to mirror my outrage, to no avail.

    However, I’d like to take a contrarian position and say that we are not angry enough. Not nearly—at least we in the Middle or the average Democrat. The Baggers are angry, and they (yes, their puppet masters, but they DID have the puppets) accomplished a tremendous amount. As you point out, it is a great energy source. It will take an equal force of energy to reverse all of the destruction they have wreaked. I for one, am shocked that we are so passive—STILL. Women’s choice is being decimated, corporations have unimaginable rights and fewer responsibility, etc. etc.

    To me, our very lives are in jeopardy, in the form of the proposed ends Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. That is not hyperbole. For God’s sake, our very existence on this planet Earth is threatened by the Right. If those aren’t reasons enough to get enraged, furious, livid, I don’t know what is.

    • AdLib says:

      Cher, your POV is not contrarian at all to my POV, I too think that we haven’t reached that threshold yet where enough people are angry enough to push hard for the change we need. I do think that as the overreaching of the GOP/Kochs/Corps continues, the anger will continue to build. Especially as the Dems and Progressive groups hammer away as they’ve already started to do (I think you covered this ad in Daily Planet but for those who haven’t seen it):

      In fact, we should just post Howard Beale’s speech in Network (pictured above) at Progressive blogs from now until November 2012 (abridged with apologies to Paddy Chayefsky):

      I don’t have to tell you things are bad. Everybody knows things are bad. It’s a depression. Everybody’s out of work or scared of losing their job.

      We know the air is unfit to breathe and our food is unfit to eat, and we sit watching our TV’s while some local newscaster tells us that today we had fifteen homicides and sixty-three violent crimes, as if that’s the way it’s supposed to be.

      We know things are bad -- worse than bad. They’re crazy. It’s like everything everywhere is going crazy, so we don’t go out anymore. We sit in the house, and slowly the world we are living in is getting smaller, and all we say is, ‘Please, at least leave us alone in our living rooms. Let me have my toaster and my TV and my steel-belted radials and I won’t say anything. Just leave us alone.’ Well, I’m not gonna leave you alone.

      All I know is that first you’ve got to get mad. You’ve got to say, ‘I’m a HUMAN BEING, God damn it! My life has VALUE!’ So I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window. Open it, and stick your head out, and yell, ‘I’M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I’M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!’

      I want you to get up right now, sit up, go to your windows, open them and stick your head out and yell -- ‘I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore!’ Things have got to change. But first, you’ve gotta get mad!… You’ve got to say, ‘I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!’

      Then we’ll figure out what to do about the depression and the inflation and the oil crisis. But first get up out of your chairs, open the window, stick your head out, and yell, and say it: “I’M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I’M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!”

    • choicelady says:

      Cher -- I agree! That is where the energy is coming from, the people who are NOT angry, even though many of them have the right to be because the 1% have tried to crush them. The anger is really from the “haves” who are terrified the rest of us, the have somes to the have nothings, will make the 1% share some of their wealth and, worse, their power.

      They are right. We will.

      The anger from the “born again” Dominionists and the materially-endowed non-believers is the same -- it’s resentful, destructive, and defensive. That’s why it’s so corrosive.

      I don’t know if we’re not “angry enough” so much as I see a LOT of the anger turned into energy for change. What anger we have is creative anger. That is the difference. It is NOT coming from the armchair pontificators and pundits. It’s coming from REAL people who are figuring out solutions, significant ones, from absolute necessity. They are working largely outside government because unlike FDR, Obama inherited Dems who really don’t want to believe that the private sector is totally corrupt. So we, the people, have to work around government every bit as much as we work around corporate power.

      The rise of “local control” is growing. It’s one of the more energizing things I’ve seen in my life. So the anger I have at the Kochs, Bachmann, etc. gets set aside with the sheer awe I have at what ordinary people are accomplishing.

      Creative anger, yes. Destructive whining anger -- no thanks. Selfish upper class anger? Uh-uh. No time to waste sitting around moaning about imperfections in Obama’s programs. We have waaaay too much to do.

    • SueInCa says:

      You are on the same wavelength that I am Cher.

      • Chernynkaya says:

        So good to see you, Sue!

        • SueInCa says:

          Cher, thanks. Just now getting out of my couple months of sicknesses. I have had the gamet and am just now recovering from 8 weeks or more of a serious poison oak breakout. My husband brought it home from the golf course. Four times to the doc and three treatments of prednisone and finally last weekend it started to clear up.

          • choicelady says:

            OMG -- Sue! I’m SO sorry! We last wrote when you were finally over the green munge and then THAT -poison oak. Yikes -- hope this is well and truly OVER!!!

            • SueInCa says:

              CL I saw your reply in my email. I will give you a call. I am going for accupuncture and PT for a problem with my back and when I get my schedule worked out, I will give you a call and come down.

          • AdLib says:

            Yikes! I had poison oak once when I was younger, it was miserable and persistent even when I was that age.

            So sorry you’ve had to deal with that Sue!

            • SueInCa says:

              Thanks AL. Now I think I will sign off for the night. All you good people have a good evening.

          • kesmarn says:

            Ouch! Sue, so sorry to hear that you’ve been dealing with this for so long.

            I hope you’re entirely over it in the near future. It’s good to have you back.

            • kesmarn says:

              Sue, you were brave to go camping while you still had the poison oak! It’s good to hear that the sunshine helped heal it. One of my relatives had a fairly serious cut on his hand and he would sit out in the sun every day that he could. It healed well without antibiotics. Good Ol’ Mother Nature!

            • SueInCa says:

              I went camping last weekend to Yogi Bear Park with my grandson and some friends and the sunshine helped to dry it out. Had I known that, I might have been out there earlier or maybe it was just time to heal.

              Anyone who has young ones, actually my grandson is 11 and he loved it, take your kids camping at one of their parks, the kids have a ball and you never see them. THAT is the place where they forget all about video games!!!!!!!!

    • SueInCa says:

      I know this should be in OT but how is the recovery in Japan? We never hear anymore.

      • Kalima says:

        Hi Sue, I’ve been updating with news about Japan in Morning Blog since a few days after the quake. I’m still doing it every morning. Recovery is slow due to government incompetency and slowness in making the right decisions. Looks like nuclear power is staying.

        • SueInCa says:

          I had never had it before. My legs swelled up and I could barely walk. Never want it again, Tony has to shower and put his clothes directly in the washer when he goes to that course now.

          • Kalima says:

            My hubby plays golf, I wonder if he brought the fleas we have home with him?

            That is scary Sue, so glad you are over it. The worst I ever had was when as a small kid, I sat in a wasp’s nest, you can imagine.

            • SueInCa says:

              No, Kalima, I am allergic to bees and wasps…………..He could have, we were surprised at that turn of events. He never gets it so he was totally oblivious to tromping through looking for his ball.

        • SueInCa says:

          Thanks Kalima will go over there to get my updates, I shoulda known……

  18. ADONAI says:

    Another great piece AdLib. And I am so much more on board with this one than the last one 🙂

    I do love anger. It’s a gift, as Malcolm X said. But so often it is misplaced. I think people need to get angrier at themselves. I’m amazed sometimes by the people on this site. People who know who they are and are so comfortable with it. I’m a little jealous actually. They know. Sure they’re angry but, most often, they’re angry about the right things. I often disagree on the particulars but I cannot deny the message.

    Most of us just don’t seem to know what we want. I don’t think people have had anything forced on them. Or made to suffer through it. We brought it on ourselves. We’re angry but just what are we angry about? Do we even know? I sure as shit don’t anymore. I knew very little about economics before I came to this site. I think that showed in my posts! The more I learn, the more I think we just don’t know what we’re after. We’re just being blindly led by rage. Rage is no good. It’s never productive.

    Most of us have nothing to be angry about. Most of us are employed. Most of us have or will receive some kind of health coverage. Despite falling wages we’re still some of the best paid workers on Earth. Where’s the focus? Where’s the stance that actually means something? They just pick us off in small groups and count on us having no organization to prevent it. So far it’s working pretty good.

    I do think we need to address the anger out there. Use it for something positive. You’ve really hit the nail on the head.

    • Abbyrose86 says:

      I do think you make a good point, that people aren’t exactly sure why they are angry and miserable…but I have some thoughts for you to ponder…

      While, it is true that ‘most are employed’ it’s also true that MOST know someone who is not or have lost all they have worked for…thus by knowing someone in that situation, one realizes how unstable their own situation actually is. While it is true, that most are surviving, there is a difference between surviving and thriving. MOST Americans are not thriving, they are surviving…and that is NOT a happy place to be.

      As to your contention that we are well paid in comparison to those who live in third world countries and thus to a good percentage of people who live in the world…that is a bad argument, and I’ve always felt it to be so, because it IS a ‘relative’ concept.

      Their cultures are very different as well, and thus the way of life in those impoverished lands IS much different than it is here in the United States, thus it’s an apples to kumquats comparison and thus is NOT in any way shape or form appropriate. 1st world countries should NOT compare themselves to 3rd world…to do so is disingenuous and quite honestly a strawman argument. And quite honestly, the tools one needs for basic survival is MUCH different than those needed in a supposed ‘civilized’ advanced culture.

      I could never survive in a culture where I would need to grow my own food, hunt or fish, most American’s could not, regardless of income level, or ability, as that is NOT how most people in our culture live…off the land. HOWEVER in many 3rd world nations, that is exactly how food is obtained. Most Americans could not fathom various generations of one family living together for their whole lives…and counting on their kin for their basic survival….whereas in many nations, that IS exactly how they survive.

      NOW…the cultural differences MAKE a huge difference. Poverty is actually too high in our nation…46 million Americans officially live under the poverty level. There is NO excuse for that…considering our national GDP and the resources (natural and man made) available in this nation.

      America is in a shambles…and most people do realize it…even if they are not ‘directly’ affected by it…just drive through any urban setting, especially in the former rust belt to see the devastation and chaos, within our own borders. MOST Americans have learned to tune it out, but they know it’s there. And realize it could be them…

      Now let’s look at ‘productivity levels’ of the average American…American’s are working longer and harder and there is more month than money for most. THAT leads to serious anxiety…even IF you are fortunate enough to have a ‘decent’ paying job…one that pays more than poverty levels…you have to work very hard and many hours for that pittance, and life passes you by. Time is what most Americans do not have enough of…and thus are miserable and anxious as a result.

      I could go on and on about what is wrong with our culture and way of life..and thus WHY people are angry…and they have a good reason for their anger.

      • Khirad says:

        You lost me at the third world argument.

        Many in those countries could only dream of what we have -- and want it!

        I think the point stands. As bad as we have it here, it comes off as out of touch and arrogant to even developing BRIC type countries.

        Not to say we shouldn’t fight to make things better and solve our own problems, but not all third worlders live like hunters and gatherers. Many live in city slums.

        In Sana’a alone the price of water has skyrocketed and a humanitarian crisis looms.

        Think about that. We have readily accessed water, plumbing, etc. We don’t question when the electricity will come on or how long it will last.

        So yeah, I think while we are just as capable of suffering, we whine a little too much and act as if we are under the gravest decline and collapse ever. It would ring a little hollow to someone from the former Soviet Bloc.

        I’m with Adonai’s optimistic spirit. We’re effing Americans. As you said, our resources and GDP are different. We’ll get through this. It’s been tough, but at least it’s not a near impossible task as it is for other countries, who believe me, would rather not be third world. That isn’t a lifestyle choice or inherent cultural trait.

        That’s where you kinda lost me.

        They don’t hate us for our freedoms. But, the economic disparity between us and them is something they do hold some resentment over. Just sayin’. While it may be a disingenuous argument on one level, on another, a little perspective is a powerful thing. Or, at least think of it as Schadenfreude. No matter how bad your lot, living in a car, whatnot, someone in a war torn third world country littered with land mines and such still has it worse. And but for accident of birth that could be you.

    • AdLib says:

      You make a good point AD, I think many out there are angry but not quite sure why.

      Part of it is the nearly invisible nature of a declining standard of living. Gradually, things become just a little bit more out of reach, bills get a little bit harder to pay, the ability to change jobs or move upwards becomes a little more unobtainable.

      It’s so gradual. Like the old story about dropping a frog in boiling water makes him jump out but slowly turning up the heat, he doesn’t notice and calmly is boiled alive. That’s a lot of Americans right now but some are wondering how they ended up in this boiling water.

      A second element I’d add to this is what I called in a post a while back, “A Hole In The Soul”. A feeling like something profound is missing in our lives and society. The disconnection many of us feel from being a real community, being a part of something bigger than ourselves.

      Technology brings us together in some ways, such as this blog, Twitter, Facebook, etc. but it also isolates us in our homes, sitting at our computers.

      How often do people join together with their community to do something positive or at least enjoyable? How many people come together to protest something or some entity they oppose? How often do we feel that those in power are truly concerned about us and want to protect and help us?

      The last item I’d add to this is the division and superficiality that Corporate America has imposed on us through the media. Nothing is really special anymore, quality is irrelevant while immediacy is everything and selling out is success. I think many people miss the sense of shared principles and ethics too.

      I think that the antidote to this is coming together with others who can appreciate these things and building on that. What this nation needs is a new enlightenment to pull us out of these psychological Dark Ages. And if Planeteers and all those out there fighting the good fight right now are any indication, we can do it.

      • Sabreen60 says:

        Adlib: “It’s so gradual. Like the old story about dropping a frog in boiling water makes him jump out but slowly turning up the heat, he doesn’t notice and calmly is boiled alive. That’s a lot of Americans right now but some are wondering how they ended up in this boiling water.”

        Oh I so agree with you. No offense to Adonai, but I couldn’t help but think, geez come live in MY world. Shit happens. My husband has had a heart attack and a stroke. He’s recovered, but he’s not 100%. We’ve got grand kids that need helping (2 are in college and 1 is on the way). There is NO job security. We’ve saved some money, but it’s going to be tough. My husband really doesn’t have job security at 63. We really thought we’d both be retired by now. Shit happens. My husband worked for a company for 19 years that went bankrupt -- no pension from that company. Our incomes flat-lined. I’m retired on disability. Shit happens. No! We all are not doing ok. People are living in tent cities and have been without jobs for months. Those of us who THOUGHT we were doing ok, are now realizing maybe we’re not doing as well as we thought. I’m angry because we have worked all our adult lives and for the last 30 years have so little to show for it.

        • AdLib says:

          Sabreen, so sorry to hear about all that you and your husband have been going through.

          As you say, none of this just happened. The company your husband worked for didn’t go bankrupt accidentally.

          The destruction of the pension system for employees didn’t just evaporate for no reason.

          The disappearance of many people’s retirement IRA’s in the stock market crash wasn’t just an unusual coincidence.

          The myth of The American Dream that is impressed on all of us as an unquestionable absolute is more of a dangerous delusion now, when people just take for granted that they’ll be able to retire adequately and have Medicare when they’re older, they’ll be totally unprepared for the difficult life that’s really waiting for them in their 60s and onward.

          I have a family member who is 81. After being out of work for just two years, not voluntarily either, she is still actively seeking at least a part time job to make ends meet (and having to compete with loads of younger people who are unemployed too).

          At 81, I don’t think any of us who have put in a full life of work already should need to be working just to get by. And if it’s this way at 81, what changes for her for the rest of her life?

          It’s insane.

          And now, because their greed can’t ever be sated, the wealthy and their GOP puppets want Medicare and Social Security killed as entitlements.

          You and your husband shouldn’t have to live like this. My relative shouldn’t have to live like this. What kind of 3rd World country has America been turning into?

          We have to fight back this election as if our lives depend on it because they really do. If a Repub becomes President, that could mean the end of Medicare, killing the ACA, ending Social Security as we know it and slashing or ending most government spending for all of the critical services for the 99% of the country that doesn’t own government.

          In the near future, this country could look like Night of the Living Dead with so many thrust into poverty and homelessness and no safety nets remaining.

          As I said in my article, I don’t know if we could ever climb out of the hole that four years of another Repub Administration would dig us into.

          We really do have to come together and fight for the present and future we deserve.

          • Abbyrose86 says:

            Well said Adlib…and may I add an AMEN to your comment.

            At 81, no one should have to toil as if their whole life didn’t mean anything…it’s ridiculous that our society accepts such a concept as being acceptable!

            I truly believe we have our priorities seriously messed up….,and we have to start doing something about it….it’s not right on so many levels.

            WE are mere mortals, as such all of us are here on this Earth for a limited time…we shouldn’t have to work ourselves to death for basic survival…that is inhumane.

            I posted the UN bill of human rights…which was agreed upon AFTER WWII for a reason….the people of the time…had a MAJOR wake up call….and the people in Western Europe today are living those ideals BECAUSE just a few generations ago, they LIVED the alternative…and it was ugly…VERY VERY VERY ugly…perhaps we need to remember WHY such concepts were brought to being.

        • bito says:

          Well said Sabreen, at one time I was in the “I THOUGHT” I was doing OK” category and was a boiling frog who at first enjoyed the warmer water. I found myself making more money, because I was working more hours, in my weekly paychecks while taking jobs paying less with fewer benefits. What savings I had!! “Happy as clam was I am!” What a turn life can make with family multiple health expenses and an income reduced by more than 2/3’s.

          How quickly did this “happy clam” swimming in the warm water become a clam fighting the tides. It would make one heads swim.

          It’s amazing that some had to fill out the extra tax form, because of interest income, to now worrying about Medicare/Medicaid cuts. I would much rather worry about paying more income taxes than to worry about Medicare/Medicaid cut.

          I wish your family my best.

      • “A new enlightenment.” I love it AdLib. I think that is exactly what we need. I really wish that more people would read some of the classic 18th and 19th century writers. I think those writers really had a much better outlook on life. They saw far and really seemed to understand the near. They didn’t have the distractions we have today. They were much more in tune with Nature and spirituality with a better investment in community. Their enlightenment is no longer new, but it is universal and stands the test of time more often than not. One of my favorites, if not THE favorite is Ralph W. Emerson. He really saw and understood so so much about life and his eloquence would never be easily matched.

        • SueInCa says:

          I hear you loud and clear. We are helping to raise our grandson because his parents are awol and that is surely something we never expected. We are paying for private school, thank goodness both of mine are out of college. The amount of money lost in 2008 is staggering by any standards and alot of people are never going to recover.

          • Sabreen60 says:


            My husband’s daughter, my stepdaughter has 2 in college and 1 getting ready to go. College is so expensive. Their parents work hard, but need a little help. They didn’t save enough for their kids college tuition. But then again, they were trying to raise 4 kids. The middle class is suffering. I don’t think they nor we had enough foresight as to just how difficult our finances and the overall economy would become.

            • SueInCa says:

              There was no way we could have known just how bad it would turn out. We knew something was not right with the housing market, but to know just how evil Wall Street could be is not in the nature of most Americans. I have to believe they will get theirs……………….

        • AdLib says:

          The RW is quick to slash funding for the arts but as you describe, those who create offer something invaluable to society.

          Writers and artists of many kinds are exactly the best ones to bring everyone else to a new enlightenment.

          Consider the last time this worked,the musicians and artists of the late 50’s and the 60’s were the primary force that brought a whole generation to enlightenment. Unfortunately, it was hammered back down by the status quo and hardcore drugs but knowing all that could help it happen again but in a lasting way.

  19. choicelady says:

    Oh wow, AdLib. Coming on the heels of the BEST meeting I’ve had since 6/14 (as you will recall), this does bring one up short. Yes -- there IS huge hostility. Yes -- there is a sense that everyone is pitted against, well, everyone else. Yes it’s indulged by the media (though it cannot hold a candle to Yellow Dog journalism of the lat 19th, early 20th centuries.)

    But today as in SO many days, I had a meeting with some marvelous people who advocate for ORDINARY folks, and we discovered that among us, we had enough interesting information on bottom-up projects to, well, possibly transform the housing foreclosure crisis through a multi-layered yet inter-related track.

    I love the folks here on the Planet because you all “get it” about whose voices need to prevail. So I will tell you that ALL the best work I, an aging, tired, over-educated, white, middle-class female, ever do comes with and from communities of color. And the Planeteers.

    That was what happened to day. First 6/14 was forward progress made by one of the Planet’s finest, and today it came from ACCE -- the CA successors to ACORN. And I’m jazzed by both projects as NOTHING else has done. Both have one single quality in common -- it’s action based on people’s own work. It’s not something from the top down but is inclusive and transformative because of that inclusion.

    I look around CA, I work with so-called progressives all the time, and there is nothing new under the sun.

    Then I work with the Planet and with ACCE and other similar groups -- and the stars and moon come out, the sun shines, and there is REAL possibilities for structural, permanent, enduring change.

    Women’s groups have stood up to rape with “Take Back the Night” movements. Now we have “Take Back Our Democracy” for everyone -- the Tea Baggers have nothing on us. Yeah -- the media are pissy, the Kochs think they own the world, the politicos pontificate and move nowhere, everyone disses the Prez, but step by step people are regaining their power. And what’s even more cool? The would-be Robber Barons don’t even see it happening!

    A long time ago we who worked in the CA university system had to sign loyalty oaths (despite that being illegal, but hey…) A friend noted that it requires you to affirm you will not overthrow the Constituion by force or violence. I’m fine with that since I love our Constitution.

    But challenging statutory law? Well, my friend noted. It don’t say nuthin’ about stealth.

    Quietly, step by step, we are moving forward. So yeah -- the discord pisses me off. But the hope keeps me moving. And the Planet and Guide to the Planet are part of that hope. Hot dog!

    • AdLib says:

      Wow! Choicelady, you really energize me!

      I too am so encouraged and inspired by the community here at The Planet, like an oasis of reason and conscience.

      The progress with ACCE is such welcome news! There’s a part of me that feels that people are getting it out there but the media and elite have so isolated themselves from real people, they don’t see it.

      They turned in nearly 1.3 million signatures in OH to put a repeal of Kasich’s collective bargaining killing bill on the ballot in Nov 2012. They only needed 230k legit ones, were hoping to get double that but over 6 times that? What does that tell you?

      And in WI, they succeeded in getting plenty of signatures to bring 8 Repubs to a recall vote (Walker, you’re next!). What does that say about what’s going on around the country?

      I am optimistic as you are, that after having change blunted and being further oppressed by the wealthy, most Americans will see 2012 as a year to correct the emotional mistake in 2010 and fight to pry the hands of the greedy elite back off of this nation.

      Anger may be what drives people but it’s hope that keeps them going!

      Cheers to you CL, you’re simply amazing!

  20. SueInCa says:

    How did you know? I have been thinking about a lot of these things, you must be reading my mind. I am going to see what Van Jones has up his sleeve on July 17 and take it from there. My only problem is he is partnering with Moveon and the last “group” plan they put together was a bust.

    I recently read The Peoples’ History of the United States and it is remarkable how history repeats itself, however in the past ten years I believe we were on a collision course to revert back to the 1800’s like no other time in recent history. Personally I think we are still on course to have a major collapse because the 2006-2008 problems were only treated with a bandaid and it was a broken arm. No bandage is gonna heal a broken arm, you need hard plaster and that is not what we applied to the problem.

    One thing I will disagree with you wholeheartedly on is Bush 2, he was and is a criminal. And the world stood by while he attacked a nation that had done nothing to us. I remember feeling quite alone during that time because everyone was gung ho and I got a lot of weird looks and snide remarks whenever I questioned what we were doing there. I spent a great deal of time in DC because I had staff back there and I can tell you the mood was much more intense there. I am glad I stuck by my principles but it was a hard time and Bush unnecessarily caused my troubles. I sound like a petulant little girl.

    I agree with you that if we could only take that anger and channel it in a positive way, this country would rise back up and be whole again. I hope that Obama gets a second term to try and I hope in his second term he truly turns out to be the president of the people in every way.

    • AdLib says:

      Sue, I am indeed reading your mind and would also enjoy having some ice cream right now.

      You’re reading my mind too, it’s clear that the institutional corruption of our economy and government hasn’t been addressed and we do run a big risk of a huge collapse ahead.

      I think we’re in agreement about Bush , I referred to him as a criminal. I wanted him prosecuted and impeached by Congress and was very upset when Pelosi announced that was off the table. I do remember those post 9/11 times when I would speak out against Bush and people would cringe as if The Secret Police were coming.

      I do think that anger is successfully driving the pushback against the Republican/Corporate regime in OH, FL and WI and the threat it is to Medicare and 99% of all Americans will be a powerful tool for the Dems and Obama. I’m going to do all I can to see him re-elected AND get rid of the Repub majority in the House!

      • SueInCa says:

        I just had a drumstick. Vanilla with sprinkles and cherry in the middle.

        Pelosi sent me a letter back in 2007 telling me she thought it counter-productive to bring him up on treason charges. I sent her a letter back saying it was criminal not to. She did not write me back. I can be direct at times LOL.

        • AdLib says:

          Word is that she and other key Dems could have been proven to have been informed along the way in briefings on some of the Bush crimes and they might have been legally viewed as conspirators.

          Don’t know if there’s any truth to that but sure would make a good reason for the Dems to immediately announce they wouldn’t impeach Bush.

          • SueInCa says:

            Adlib there is a book by Vincent Bugliosi The Prosecution of George Bush for Murder that details some of the briefings. I would like to say they had a duty to come forward however in the climate we were all living in, it was intimidating to speak out against the Bush administration. The MCA of 2006 also gave them cover for their crimes. Enacted just before the Dems took control of the house.

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