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There Is No "Out of Proportion"

I've had it with the right-wing talking points:

"This is not the time for placing blame."

"This is not the time for divisiveness."

I'll tell you what. Here's what time it is. It's time for righteous anger. Yep.

We've been trained by our overseers to believe that getting mad only stands in the way of "progress" or "teamwork". Well, maybe in some cases that's true. When somebody is just flying off the handle, responding in a manner that is all out of proportion, then, yeah, I suppose just getting angry is pretty unhelpful.

But, see, with the entirely predictable disaster in New Orleans... one whole major American city wiped out... dead bodies everywhere... going on a week now... given all that, there is no such thing as "out of proportion". There is no ratio here by which we can temper our righteous anger at our leaders.

They have failed us. They have talked the talk for decades now, meanwhile selling out the public interest to the private. Just do a little research on the question of the disappearing wetlands of the Mississippi delta, if you don't believe me.

The time is always right for legitimately righteous anger. Righteous anger is, you know, righteous.

Do you think anything less will help this country remake itself into what it hopes to be?

I don't. We've been too cowed. We've been too stupid. We've been too deaf and blind. And because of it, our overseers have taken whatever they wanted, and now the people of the Gulf are paying the price.

Sorry. Yes. The time for placing blame is right now. The time for rage at those who've failed us is now.

And, too, sorry... the time is ripe for a righteous divisiveness between the people and their leaders.

Ask yourself: even now... would the help the Gulf so desperately needs now finally be on its way, however inadequately, if people had not started expressing their righteous anger?

No. Go for it. The time is now to smite them with your anger. Dispense it in Biblical proportions, which is the closest we can come when there is no such thing as "out of proportion".

And do not stop until you have driven the money-changers from the temple.

In Memory

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