Mad As Hell--Are We Just Going To Sit Back And Take It?


A recent Gallup poll found that 72% of Americans feel that their country is headed in the wrong direction. Yet the same polling organization found that 52% of Americans approve of the job our president is doing.

How does this happen?

Americans were promised that only the wealthiest would see their taxes increase, and yet taxes went up on all workers, a burden disproportionate to the lower and middle classes.

Yet this president has not been held accountable.

Americans were told they would be able to access insurance, that it would be more affordable, and if they liked the plans they had, they could keep them. Yet the cost of health insurance has skyrocketed over the last three years. Employee co-pays and premiums have gone up, along with deductibles. Employers faced with rising costs and increasing mandates have cut back on employee hours, shelved expansion plans, and many have been forced to drop coverage entirely. Health Savings Accounts, popular with employers and employees alike, have been severely curtailed by Obamacare.

Yet this president has not been held accountable.

Redistribution of wealth from the working to those for whom unemployment is not a temporary condition, but a lifestyle, is at a level never before seen in American history. Since 2009, the debt in this country has increased by over $1 trillion a year of deficit spending, putting our nation on a crash course with economic destiny. Unemployment remains above 8% and the workforce participation rate is at historic lows.

Yet this president has not been held accountable.

Gas prices have skyrocketed from the high two dollar range to the high three dollar range, most recently because of refinery shutdowns and closures. The EPA has piled more regulations on the oil, gas and refinery industries than at any point at our nation's history. Our national energy policy is ideological, failing to recognize that energy costs drive every aspect of our economy. The EPA is run by people with little or no experience in the energy industry, who instead march to the drummer of far left environmentalism.

Yet, still, this president has not been held accountable.

Why don't more of the 72% of Americans who believe the country is headed in the wrong direction start looking at what is happening in the White House? This is no longer the Bush economy. It is the Obama economy.

Congressional Republicans don't speak out because they are licking their wounds from an election they had thought was in their grasp. They fear being labeled as extremists and sour grapes, not the "reasonable" and "fair" and "balanced" types that have become the buzzwords of this Administration's ongoing election-style campaign and a key part of the messaging strategy that got the president re-elected.

Congressional Democrats who are not liberal, whose constituency is not liberal, nonetheless do not speak out for fear of the retribution from their party and from the White House they may invoke.

And the rest of us? Including the 48% whom Gallup says don't approve of the job the president is doing? We are tired from a long electoral campaign that seemed to have started in 2007 and continued through 2012. We don't want to be labeled as racists or classists or insensitive to fellow Americans in need. We, the vast majority of whom are actually quite reasonable, quite fair and quite balanced, don't want our friends who disagree with us to think that we are not--that we are somehow holdouts who can't accept the results of the last election.

We need to stop and think about this. If 72% of the American people are unhappy with the direction of the country, it is time to look at who is currently running it. If members of Congress are answering to different interests than the people they represent, we need to let them know that we are here and holding them accountable. We need to make them realize that their biggest fear should not be their party or the press or their special interests, but rather what will happen to them election day if we decide to vote and throw them out.

It is time to stand tall and to let it be known, in the infamous words from the 1976 movie "Network", that we are mad as hell and we aren't going to take it anymore. It is more than our right, it is our responsibility. To do anything less than to speak out is to be complicit.

Elections do not and should not end criticism or opposition to the party in power--or to any of its policies, in singular or plural. Electoral outcomes should not diminish the free speech of those who disagree with any elected official from dog-catcher to the president of the United States. We cannot afford to let ourselves be marginalized, bullied or maligned into keeping our mouths shut as our nation continues to speed hurtling in a direction that very few of us want it to go.

There is strength in numbers, but not if they remain silent.


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