What is your opinion of this article “America’s Quiet Anger”?

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Some excerpts:

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

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

It is the fury of the voiceless, the powerless, the ordinary nobodies of Flyover Country who are ridiculed, preached to, satirized and insulted by the Celebrity Loudmouths of the two Left Coasts, the Jon Stewarts and Keith Olbermanns, the Paul Krugmans and their ilk.
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That’s a good opening, but he goes on to explain WHY this anger is being generated.
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Most of the angry are not out marching in the streets, waving signs or shouting into bullhorns. And they are not smashing windows or phoning death threats to politicians. They are simply waking up angry in the morning, and going to bed angry at night. And their resentment is multiplied by the media’s efforts to portray them all as dangerous, crazy people, and by the effort of certain Democrats to tar them with brush of violent intent.

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

They are tired of being told they are too stupid to understand the country’s complex problems, too rooted in the past to find solutions, too selfish to share what they have worked for with everyone else who wants it.
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And then he covers how these people are planning on USING this anger.
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They are not reaching for guns or for pitchforks. They are holding their anger within, waiting for their time, watching those in power over-reach and over-indulge.

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

http://spectator.org/archives/2010/03/30/americas-quiet-anger

Is the quiet majority the true force that our politicians will have to reckon with for the next few elections? Your thoughts.

If you’re here to to waste my time by not reading this, kindly refrain from answering. Thanks

33 Comments
  1. Reply
    Françoise ☭
    May 18, 2011 at 11:41 am

    They aren’t the quiet majority, they are loud and bombastic but they are the minority.

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    Eddie
    May 18, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    Self righteous rubbish. After eight years of Bush, it’s hard to buy the right playing the oppressed victim. As for the “Quiet Anger”, Limbaugh, Hannity, Coulter, Beck, and their ilk have been far from quiet.

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    wasicus
    May 18, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    I consider myself in the category of the silent angry.However,it is not just the politicians that anger me,but the Devil who is driving them.He is the one we should be angry with,and the best way to defeat him is by clinging to Christ Jesus.Only when Christ returns and rules with a rod of iron (and He will!) will we have peace,health,and true judgment.Until then,it matters little who we cast our ballot for.It`s like choosing between Osama Bin Laden,Fidel Castro,and Sadaam Hussein.

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    Ou812 dunna badbad ting pt6
    May 18, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    I think that is a very good depiction of America currently. I personally wake and rise angry, not at my life or the things that happen but at what could be if our representatives actually did what they were supposed to.

    I am also fed up with this quiet anger, while I understand violence may be the wrong path, inaction will never turn the wheels. I’m not sure voting will be change enough. I want blood.

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    spock69
    May 18, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    It is flowery and sappy, but very accurate! Count me as one who will vote out the imposters.

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    grandma zaza
    May 18, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    Exactly why I am angry. Since when are you punished for being responsible, and rewarded with responsible peoples money for being irresponsible? If parents behaved as such, can you imagine what their children would turn out like?

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    spike missing debra m
    May 18, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    i agree wholeheartedly…and one thing i’ve noticed is that people who normally pay little attention to politics are also getting angry. and, increasingly, the independents are turning their backs on the gang of thugs in control of 2 branches of government

    the easiest way to clear out the break room is to put on CNN or MSNBC when there’s a clip of pelosi, reid, 0bama, either clinton, or al gore…people just roll their eyes, shake their heads, and walk out muttering to themselves

    WE THE PEOPLE are PI$ $ ED OFF…and we’re waiting impatiently for November

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    Camille Yun
    May 18, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    I like how the last 2 paragraphs outline how these people aren’t reaching for pitchforks and guns and will express their outrage at the ballot box, yet 2 of the posts identifying with this “rage” express how they want to “split someones face open” and “need more than voting,..want blood.”

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    pichilinga@yahoo.com
    May 18, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    Yes, this quiet anger exists, and is festering. In addition, there is a deep sadness, and guilt – guilt because for years, people have been apathetic and stood by silently while the ‘liberal elite’ chipped away at our society, education, judicial system, and Constitution. Many have finally realized what has happened, but are feeling powerless to do anything. Even if they vote, what are their choices? Republican progressives are just as bad as Democratic ones.

    I would say it’s more like a quiet desperation. There will be some who will ‘take the fight’ to the enemy of our traditions, but there is no doubt that this ‘uprising’ has already been planned for and will be quickly squashed. Read the fine print in the Health Care Bill. The fight is against people more powerful than the politicians. They’re just puppets.

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    Skin/Deep
    May 18, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    I’ve read your article.
    Along with the study of past decades in American History…
    A past filled with the sins of many fathers…a past which their children are now reaping the harvest.

    Have we become such poor students in the Natural Law of ‘Cause & Effect’ that we fail to associate our past deeds with our current realities?

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    L.T.M.
    May 18, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    Not to sound cheesy but that was like reading poetry. The author obviously doesn’t live in the DC bubble. I agree completely, we’re pissed off and We Vote!

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    jim s
    May 18, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    I agree it’s “sappy”, and I agree with I’ll be showing my contempt in November.

    (If Pelosi sees this, she’ll tell CNN it was a “death threat”.)
    … and reminisce about Harvey, and “fake” cry again …
    an Oscar performance. (Best Lie)

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    justgoodfolk
    May 18, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    More insightful and closer to the truth than anything that can be found in official liberal circles. Whether it’s hardcore Obama defenders or liberal appologizers of various degrees, from the ‘Obama wants to be liked too much’ folks to ‘he has to play the Washington game’ crowd. No matter what the excuse is they deliberately frame reality to be able to continue to believe the BS. They make up a fictional Obama to continue to like the guy and on this particular issue of the article stereotype and generalize the anti Obama sentiments of many Americans to make it easy to ignore and ridicule them. If you can convince yourself all tea partiers are simply racists or right wing nuts you don’t have to really think about anything they say. You can simply suffice with thinking ‘who cares what some nuts say’ That’s intellectually lazy and I believe it’s also untrue.

    Where I disagree with the article is that it doesn’t mention, doesn’t believe I assume,most of these very real grievances and genuine concerns are being misdirected at events like tea parties where right wing organizations do attempt to channel this justified anger and frustration into right wing political avenues I can only reject.

    However it’s my firm belief at the core of these anti Obama demonstrations are not right wing fringe extremists, scared white people, racists as part of the establishment, certainly the current administration and their buddies in the media, loves to portray them, those groups often organize, are there and loud to recruit and recuperate these sentiments in my view, but like the article says ‘It is the fury of the voiceless, the powerless, the ordinary nobodies’ that’s being exploited I would add

    Famous and true anti establishment leftist Noam Chomsky also talked about this issue
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2zYaKXeyXE

    The American left fails to represent ordinary people leaving them angry frustrated and an easy prey for right wing demagogy

    The growth of extreme right-wing elements is a real danger.

    But contrary to the claims of the Nation and the left-liberal milieu, the risk does not emerge from some mass base for fascistic politics in America. It comes primarily from the continued subordination of the working class to the Democratic Party, and by that means, to the ruling elite. This blocks the development of a progressive alternative and provides the Republican right with opportunities to make gains by demagogically exploiting the political impasse. It is political roadblock that must be addressed.
    http://www.wsws.org/articles/2010/feb2010/teap-f09.shtml

    Instead of simply ridiculing tea party protesters and stereotyping any participant as the most funny and kooky specimen Maddow , Stewart or olberman present liberals would do better to try to understand where these people are coming from and ashamed they fail to represent them.

    I repeat ‘It is the fury of the voiceless, the powerless, the ordinary nobodies’, that should be left wing core business

    To the second part of your Q I don’t think the American electoral setup can truly solve any of this. Sure Republicans might be able to win some elections again, if not now they will anyway later on, but that will not significantly change anything. Right wing organizers will simply quit organizing and the fake left will emerge again like they did under Bush while all they do now is rub up to power and provide excuses and justifications for Obama’s sell out. That same role will probably be carried out by most organizations protesting today should Republicans take over Washington. Ordinary people are often genuine and sciencere, most organizations cynical and opportunistic

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    Concerned
    May 18, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    I wonder where they were or who they voted for in 2008.
    If they only pay attention when things go bad then that’s a problem.

    Their counter parts are silently cheering what is happening with little actual knowledge of the facts and think nothing bad would ever happen here.

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    water_skipper
    May 18, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    If those angry people aren’t willing to do anything about their anger, they’re irrelevent.

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    correrafan
    May 18, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    It’s the TRUTH! America has the most ineffectual democracy of all technological societies. Our votes mean the least when cast. Most of our citizens don’t even bother to vote. They know how little it counts in the day-to-day operation of our country. They know they can’t even begin to match the powerful dollars of the corporate campaign machinery. And they know they can’t influence their so-called representatives without matching those dollars. They know that their time would be better spent working, paying their bills, and trying to set something aside for a rainy day. These people used to be known as the “Silent Majority”. I don’t think they’re going to remain silent much longer. This past decade has turned from being America’s excessive “we CAN have it all” spending like a drunken sailor, and ending with the silent desperation so often quoted when people become afraid that they will inevitably go under along with their neighbors, and the banks will walk away with everything they have worked for all their lives. What are their alternatives? No one listens to the little guys any longer. Guess what? We’re ALL the little guys right now.

    I predict that elections in America will get more volatile, and voters will get more militant. We have to take our country back somehow, and if voting no longer works, what alternatives are there left for a civilized populace?

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    GunnyC
    May 18, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    I think very accurate depiction of a huge number of people and that number will grow as the true facts in the Health Care reform and changes to it become known, though I think neither will be actually reported by any “news” organization. The more I read and compare the earlier version of the bill and the “reconciliation” passed changes the more I worry about it and the future. Too much is regulations and details will be done by other government agencies; want to know what the rules on the 26 year old “children”-have to wait until the rules are written though did notice the exclusion for married children was specifically removed in the reconciliation. This is control and money since it appears more of the “poor, uninsured” will be paid for by some one other then the government and the majority of the funds are really just expanding the federal government. So my 22 year old has a job and gets married so the income of her and her husband exceed mine but it is my responsibility to provide health insurance for her and health insurance for her husband should be provided by his parents? And no that is not from Fox News that was reading the reconciliation bill. This responsibility or ability to insure will become a right of the “child” quickly as some parent will want to retire or drop the “child” from health insurance then the “child” will sue them and win making it a right. For those saying that will not happen a quote from one of the liberal backers of health care reform; Sen Ted Kennedy made the statement during the debates about civil rights “There is nothing in this bill that would ever require the busing of any student from the neighborhood school”. This was in response to “right wing” attacks from fellow Democrats that it would destroy neighborhood schools in the name of desegregation in the North…who was right? Want more history-Much was made about the silent majority during the late 1960’s and early 1970’s but the anti-Vietnam War movement was confident that McGovern would destroy Nixon in 1972 election…it was the most lopsided (by electoral vote) win in election history and Nixon won. I am not a party line voter and I do not attend Tea Party rallies or pro-Obama rallies; I read, research and make a decision then I will vote and the progressives will not like my vote. Too much hate, too many lies and too much disinformation is being spread about the Tea Party and that does really tick me off but also tells me that the “progressives” are afraid that many people are quietly listening and agree with what the Tea Party says.

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    idodgesubs
    May 18, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    regardless of my opinion, i think you already decided yours.

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    Jake
    May 18, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    Well, as far as non-empirical, non-sourced narratives go (which is about 99% of the drivel being pushed by the Right), it’s a bleeding heart appeal to emotions. And as far as arrogant rhetoric goes, look no further than your own god Bush and his speeches to invalidate that article’s condemnation. The fact is that the call to arms had started on Inauguration Day, before the new president had done anything. The violent rhetoric and veiled threats waxed in the summer/fall at town hall meetings by emotionally manipulated old folks who already had the benefit of socialized medicine.

    Almost none of these camera-chasers has had the courage to try their hand at entrepreneurship. Just like none had the patriotism to get into a library during the run-up to the Iraq war to sample alternative news sources. If they had, they would understand that a small business’s daily threats are almost never topped by taxes. That is the concern of multinational conglomerates, oligopolies, and lobbyists.

    No, small business’s biggest daily threats are the competition: mergers, acquisitions, predatory pricing, and industry regulations that get set by… *gasp!* Big business’s lobbyist armies buying and manipulating politicians on Capitol Hill. In other words, Big Business is the most threatening thing for a small business. Only a child would believe that politicians craft the language of regulations and restrictions on their own. Big Business competes by manipulating the government.

    You see, I agree that it’s wrong when Teabag-publicans (all of whom supported Bush when he was expanding the powers of the government and trashing the Constitution) are portrayed as stupid. I feel that is being far too charitable by half. The ugly truth is that the Right is just too obedient. It has become a trivial matter for corporate media (you can pretend that Fox News isn’t mainstream, I won’t look) to whip Righties into an emotional frenzy and command them to assault U.S. traditions and institutions.

    Yesterday it was terror of the big, bad, largely invented (google Cheney and “Team B” for more on that last description) Arab Threat that garnered zealous support for curtailing our freedoms and breaking with the Constitution. Before yesterday, Big business was happy only to cripple our society with debt by inflating the Soviet Threat. Today, it’s hatred and anger promoted by corporate media’s recycling of age-old political caricatures and the age-old (largely) Republican campaign strategy of binding together people based on their prejudices and grudges. Who does corporate media serve? Big business, not you.

    It may be true that reliance on the Nanny State is making us dumber and dumber. But it’s more obvious to everyone that the Mindless Consumerism of a corporate-run state is turning more and more of us into political zombies. The fact is that there was no banking takeover. That’s why the banking bonuses were such an embarrassment to the Administration. The fact is that there was no takeover of the health care system. That’s why private insurance companies can jack up rates on everyone until 2014. That’s why private insurance companies must and will fight tooth and nail for their antitrust exemptions to keep them from being broken up. The fact is that while the Right complains endlessly and loudly about the mainstream media’s bias, they are utterly dependent on it for their information and for their personal direction.

    I hear your anger and rage and know you to be slaves to your own emotions, excesses, and willful ignorance. I hope and pray that you find a voice of reason in your dwindling ranks, but know you have utterly lost your way and may prefer violence to instill your misguided values on everyone else. But I feel no sadness or loss for the latter choice. None of you can say that you were not warned or told.

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    who is #1?
    May 18, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    I think “anger” is a stronger term than I would use to describe the grim determination of the silent majority. We know lies always fail, that this commie takeover/reorganization of America will fail, and that we will have to work very hard for many years to fix the damage. Americans love a challenge, just as General George S Patton said Americans love to fight. For a long time we have lacked a worthy adversary. If this Marxist revolution takes too long to stall out and go through its inevitable death spiral, then we’ll see real anger.

    George Washington said people have to feel before they can see. So far, most Americans have not felt very much actual pain from this madness. But we will soon. The change agents do not believe we will get all that stirred up. If they keep pushing, they will find out just how wrong they are. How much they have failed to understand the American Character.

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    BabyJames
    May 18, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    I believe that the quiet majority did come out as a true force in a record-breaking election in 2008. By a landslide with the largest number of voters in our history: the silent majority spoke out that they have had enough of the capitalist antics that have enslaved them in their workplace and placed them in a role of unimportance in their community.

    I think that these next few elections will prove to the nation that the silent majority that spoke in 2008 will stand up for their choices. The conservative political following has rarely been silent in their wishes for the nation. It has been the beaten down trodden labor class which felt for the past two decades that their input did not amount for anything without a dollar behind it, and remained inactive until some hope for change presented itself. Then they came out of their dormant state to have their say.

    They won’t give up this chance so easily. They knew the agenda of their elected official, and will hopefully stand behind his choices for their betterment.

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    andypanda
    May 18, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.

    The govt cannot give to anybody, anything that the govt does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because someone else is going to get what the work for is about the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.

    This is what is al boils down to. Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely. unbeknown to you and most, Power has had its way with all of you and the us citizens are all the worse for it…….It has been my ANGER for 40 years and I was never quiet about it…ever. so many sheep that would not listen. now they are loosing it all..sad situation, if they had just listened, but they were brainwashed and swayed by the liberal left….sad sad sad !!!!!!

    ALL IT TAKES FOR EVIL TO PREVAIL IS FOR GOOD MEN TO DO NOTHING!!!!

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    gw_bushisamoron
    May 18, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    This article is plagiarized from an essay I read 40 years ago.
    The quiet majority will do whatever they are told because they do not have to courage to speak, much less take action.
    We smart people run the world, always have, always will.
    We just keep selling you the same old wine in a brand new bottle, and you drink it gratefully.
    FDR was the last visionary American, and even he was a reactionary.
    Every president since has been exactly the same, and the quiet majority are too dumb to see the pattern.

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    Page1344
    May 18, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    What a load of crap. People are angry simply because they being told to be angry by the media. Stop any angry person on the street and ask them why they’re angry, and all you will get is a parroting of what’s on FAUX NEWS.

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    J R
    May 18, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    Opinion? We have a better president now than Bush was. The World agrees. Republicans are pouting. Hey Republicans! Yeah Im talking to you! Do you remember the last time our budget was in a surplus? We all like money dont we? Well who was it? Clinton! So stop your crying about losing to Barack and how you wake up angry in the morning. I mean seriously the last campaign on the Republicans side was sooo pathetic. How could anyone have voted for them? Especially after the last administrations poor performance. I suggest if you want to have a voice again to shut your radios off and stop lending your ears to all of the bad aspects of being a Republican. Like Limbaugh and all the other goofballs. Its time for you to accept the responsibility of being wrong occasionally. It may help you grow. Look how much our country has been hurt just from how the last administration engaged a war from “bad intelligence”. Own that Republicans. From surplus toooo bad intel toooo next Depression. Crazy about China buying up the Earth? Hmmm dollar for dollar lets compare how much we spend on war? And while were at it Republicans… Lets make the King of subprime an Ambassador? WTF You have done nothing right lately Republicans, so shut up already.

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    Daniel
    May 18, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    On the whole, I don’t think that America’s anger over current political trends is necessarily quite as quiet as the article suggests. However, the article is surely correct that a large percentage of Americans, while not necessarily going public about it, are angered by the current trends. I am not as vocal as some are about it, but I must add that in so saying that I speak solely for myself, not other self-identified conservatives. However, I have been greatly annoyed by the fact that the government seems to have sent the level of government spending to utterly stratospheric levels, without regard to what price will be paid by successive generations of Americans. It’s not enough, it seems, to have existing entitlements well on the road to bankruptcy. As recently as last month, yet another entitlement program has been added in the form of an interminably lengthy health care bill that would in practice entail a major leap in the direction of total government control of the American medical sector – a move that this country will, I am convinced, long lament, if the constitutional challenges to the bill do not hold up.

    Exactly how this will play out in the elections this year remains to be seen (I think that it would be unwise on my part to speculate on 2012 and later years). While I do believe that the Democrats will pay heavily for the current administration’s radical policies, I would strongly advise the Republican party not to get too cocky about its prospects, as more than a few conservatives have talked about the prospect of a third party – an idea which in practice would have the effect of dividing the opposition, making it far less effective than it otherwise would be.

  27. Reply
    KatrinaMina
    May 18, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    I’m too obnoxious to be quiet about my anger.

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    Chris S
    May 19, 2011 at 12:32 am

    Well written. I think the men have been angry for 30 years. Since Eisenhower more and more anger has been seething. One broken promise after another. Misguided trust in attorneys and lawyers who have all the power at every level including corporations. Seriously, there has been a seething anger in most male voters.

    I’m angry at the deception of most media. They tell us what they want us to hear.

    So, we the people aren’t able to determine the truth the last 30 years plus!

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    hansblix222
    May 19, 2011 at 1:14 am

    The same people that are angry now are the ones that thought Palin would be a good VP–no surprise there.

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    Obama "SHAM WOW"
    May 19, 2011 at 1:29 am

    This i absolutely true. We are a force to be reckoned with in future elections and politicians will be held accountable and forced to govern honestly.

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    I'm right your wrong
    May 19, 2011 at 2:11 am

    That is most of America today. Silent Anger does unfortunately only build up with time. The day will come when that anger will blow. I hope the elections don’t dissappoint.

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    Phatack
    May 19, 2011 at 3:05 am

    This country makes me fat so I´m angry. And hungry.

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    Me
    May 19, 2011 at 3:28 am

    Another unimaginative writer ripping off someone else’s ideas (Nixon) and passing them off as his own.

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