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Post-Election Exhumation

I have posted this line from Network before, but it’s a classic worth repeating. It’s the moment in the film when Peter Finch’s character Howard Beale flips out and announces his rage. Fair warning, there is language below that some might find offensive.

“We all know things are bad — worse than bad — they’re crazy. It’s like everything everywhere is going crazy, so we don’t go out any more. We sit in the house, and slowly the world we’re 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 going to leave you alone. I want you to get mad! I don’t want you to protest. I don’t want you to riot. I don’t want you to write to your Congressman, because I wouldn’t know what to tell you to write. I don’t know what to do about the depression and the inflation and the Russians and the crime in the street.

All I know is that first, you’ve got to get mad.

You’ve gotta say, “I’m a human being, goddammit! 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!”

It does seem that for most, yesterday was that winning moment. Here in liberty land, however, I’m not half as excited. I was not surprised how bad things became. I won’t be surprised when nothing changes. After all, even those of us who didn’t vote for President Obama in 2008 secretly hoped for that promised change. I believe in benefit of doubt, but once reality hits, doubt fades. We can point fingers or blame the past, but it’s easy to see nothing has truly changed for the better.

I can only cross my fingers and wish for actual progress, regress, or whatever formulae will initiate a wholeness of liberty and freedom never before realized. I don’t care under which banner you stand, as long as you stand for the U.S. Constitution and the promises of liberty, justice, and the American Way.

I’m not a pessimist, but I am not here to fluff up a rock and tell you it’s a pillow. I am a realist. We may have elected some decent individuals yesterday, but I think we could have done a mite better overall.

-RJP

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