January 21, 2004
Guest Blogger Arlyn Serber: I'm Angry Too!
The press is again talking about Dean's anger. Well, guest blogger Arlyn Serber is angry too. REALLY angry. Read on to find out why:
My newspaper this morning had two headlines. "Fired-up Bush takes offensive" and under that "'Iowa yell' stirring doubts about Dean." I'm wearing my Dean button today and everyone is coming up to me, telling me Dean is too angry. Michael Moore sent me a patronizing letter telling me to not give up. Dean has done a great job of setting the agenda for the Democratic Party. Michael is backing the General, but hang in there, Deaniacs.
Okay, fellow Deaniacs, our guy is angry. The press is battering him for it. His opponents are hooting about it. Guess what -- I'm angry. No, angry is too mild a word. I'm boiling mad. I'm spitting nails. I'm outraged, horrified... Well, I don't have to bring out the thesaurus. You get the idea.
Bush, with a grinning Cheney and a flag the size of Texas behind him, adorns my front page and claims success in Iraq and tax cuts. Yep, he's crowing about those tax cuts, how they helped the country and now they should be permanent. Aren't the 2.4 Million that lost their jobs in the last three years a little bit angry? 88% of Americans will save less than $100 on their 2006 taxes from the cut in capital gains and dividends taxes. Members of Bush cabinet will save an average of $42,000. I'm glad the economy is good for someone. Bush didn't give the State of the Union -- he gave the State of the Wealthy that are supporting him. About 1% of Americans are enjoying those taxes cuts he wants to make permanent. (Oh, oh, I am grinding my teeth again.)
I know that the 16,000 Iraqi's we've killed in the past year (10,000 civilians) are grateful to us for saving them from Saddam and the families of the over 500 US solder's killed and thousands injured and maimed in Iraq aren't angry that they were lied to about the "imminent danger". After all, the President says Saddam was a bad man and there is no difference between having WMD or wishing you had them.
So, Bush appointing Pickering after he'd been twice turned down doesn't make you mad? Running an Argentine style economy doesn't get you a little hot? Pushing the Patriot Act while under funding our local police and fire departments that give us safety in our neighborhoods doesn't boil your blood? It doesn't bother you that 58 million acres of public land under Bush has been opened to road building, logging and drilling.
"Unless you act the death tax will eventually come back to life," Bush warns. Right, and all of you that make over $1,000,000 a year should be shaking in your boots. The rest of us should be damn angry at the lie that we're going to be better off.
I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm mad as a hornet that Bush's buddy Ken turned my lights out. Does he think we are all still sitting in the dark and don't know what his NeoCon policies are doing? Big business is running the country, not the people. I'm people and I'm angry.
Please, Please, Please, Be Angry too. Give them hell, Howard. I'm sending you a check today.
Posted by David Fox on January 21, 2004 at 03:29 PM | Permalink
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Angry? Now why should we be angry? I'm one of those 43M people without health insurance, but hey, I don't have to worry, I can get free health care somewhere can't I? I'm 58 years old,
haven't seen a doctor in years, and quite honestly I am now too scared to see one. Our compassionate pResident wants to change the rules governing emergency rooms. Yes, that's right. He wants to make it so that hospitals don't HAVE to accept us as patients if we have no insurance, and to further help the hospital, if you drop dead when you walk out the door after being refused, you won't be able to sue.
Now why would that make me angry?
My husband and I own a small business, that barely pays for itself, I mean after expenses, our earnings are below poverty. Our business:
A Barber Shop.
Since so many Americans have lost their jobs, our extremely compassionate Governor Jeb Bush (maybe you've heard of him?), told those people some helpful hints for cutting expenses. Among those hints "Learn to cut your own hair".
But really, I have nothing to be angry about.
Checked gas prices lately? No reason there to be angry.
Groceries prices lately? No reason there to be angry.
Telephone bill lately? No reason to be angry.
How has Bush hurt us, Let me count the ways...
don't have enough time for that.
He must be removed from office, but we must get Howard Dean nominated, and then elected.
I believe we can do it.
It will not be easy, we must all work hard, but it MUST BE DONE.
I WANT MY COUNTRY BACK! SAVE OUR DEMOCRACY NOW!
Thank you Arlyn for being there.
Posted by: Barbara Suma at January 21, 2004 03:59 PM
Count me in on the MAD brigade. Better to be pissed off than pissed on, however. ;)
Because of NCLB, my 11 year old autistic son is forced to take the PSSA state testing. He is over a year behind grade level in reading, and taking these tests are pure TORTURE for him, much less DEGRADING, because there is no way he will pass. No Child Left Behind? More like No Child's Behind Left.......
Even more, our state gives out funding based on school performance, and all children are FORCED to take the PSSA testing. My son's performance on these tests inevitably brings the school score down, so we get less money from the state than other schools in richer areas. Combine that with NCLB....and you can totally understand why public education is going downhill.
Because of people who have no real appreciation for education, our schools don't get the funding for special ed they so desperately need. We are a rural district, we don't have a tax base save the residents, we can't afford the special education teachers that are needed more and more each year. The closest private school that could attend to his needs is an hour and a half away.
My son is basically being spit on by George Bush and his cronies. It totally disgusts me - this man was lucky enough to be born with a family who could afford a wonderful college like Yale, and he doesn't have any health or special education issues (well, not that we know about, LOL) - yet he pissed his education down the toilet and got lousy grades. My son will be lucky if he can ever GO to any college - but he has a chance if he gets the education he needs PRIOR to college. Without the special education resources being available to the school, however, he does not stand much of a chance. And the result will be that he will live off of all of you taxpayers, and not be able to be a contributing member of society. GEE, THANKS GEORGE..... There's nothing more patriotic than joining the fight to kick George W. Bush out of the White House in 2004. Scumbag.
Dean is the ONLY candidate who "gets it" as far as education is concerned. If you want a good laugh, go read what John Edwards wrote about education on his website. It's just plain silly.
Posted by: Lynn at January 21, 2004 07:06 PM
During the MSNBC 5:00 PM news segment on 1/20/04 I saw a disgusting display of media manipulation of facts! Their announcer totally mis-represented Governor Dean's final comments in Iowa. They stated that he had embarassed himself by doing something wrong in his presentation of remarks.
THEY ARE TOTALLY WRONG!
They took a portion of his speech, which had been delivered in a friendly, enthustasic way and distorted it to serve their purposes. If they understood how important it is to the future of the world that pResident Bush not be elected they would tell the truth! SEE FOR YOURSELF what a good job Dr. Dean did, go to CSPAN Vote 2004 (URL below - look around for the proper file), nobody has any reason to be ashamed of anything! It is tough to fight misrepresentation!!
Posted by: aruss at January 21, 2004 11:41 PM
I saw the close of Dean's speech at Iowa. Out of context, if you just look at the last part and the his YEEHAW yell, he does look a bit crazed. In context, where he was trying to be heard over the cheering and roaring crowd (3,000 people??), it makes more sense.
But I also think people are reacting to the mix of emotion he was feeling. He must have been very disappointed, humbled, and sad at being in third place. With those emotions in place, and then trying to bolster the crowd, you get something other than "pure enthusiasm" coming through. I think that's what people are responding to. The kind of forced "cheer" he was expressing. It must have been cathartic too, especially to be immersed in that roaring and supportive crowd.
Posted by: David Fox at January 22, 2004 07:56 AM