Most successful political movements need passion. Anger, when constructively directed, is a potent and inspiring passion. It is noble to be angry about dangerous situations and corrupt leaders, and there are few passions which can compete with anger for inspiring oneself and others to meaningful action.My only, even partial disagreement is that I really don't give a crap if it is the capital D democrats who do anything.
Conversely, those who are entirely devoid of anger are often lifeless, limp, uninspiring figures who seem to be drained of soul and purpose. An anger-less political movement is embodied by a plodding, bespecled, muttering Jay Rockefeller. Or John Kerry's non-response to the Swift Boat attacks. Or the Democrats' often ponderous, half-hearted, overly-rational mutterings on all too many issues or in response to all too many corruption and lawbreaking scandals. Or craven, eager-to-please "liberals" who are more interested in convincing Fox News and other Bush followers how balanced and reasonable they are than they are than in fighting for any actual political ideals -- like Joe Klein, or Richard Cohen, for example.
Democrats need to get away -- as far away and as quickly as possible -- from that bland, mushy, sonorous, overly calculating and painfully restrained, passion-free dead zone. And in that regard, a much bigger problem for Democrats has been a lack of anger -- and most other human passions -- not an excess of it.
One could get all wonky about Medicare Part D (and many have) or about clearly unconstitutional, secretive expansions of authority (and many, many, many have) or about rampant corruption, cronyism and unvarnished spitefullness (and many have). In a word, a kakistocracy:
kakistocracy (kak·is·toc·ra·cy) n.But I don't think that one needs to get into fine detail, the people know enough, at least as to broad strokes. Given all this, surely I'm not the only one to feel that it's well past time for someone with some gravitas to stand up, pull a half-Howard Beale, point to the Shermanesque scorched earth left behind by these past six years and simply say "This is bullshit!"
Government by the least qualified or most unprincipled citizens.
So, to turn the rather tiresome lecture about the evils of anger on its head, why aren't you?