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Reply #125: There's nothing wrong with a LOT of righteous anger. I applaud your righteous anger. [View All]

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bertman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-04-09 11:25 PM
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125. There's nothing wrong with a LOT of righteous anger. I applaud your righteous anger.
I think the rub is not with the anger but with the broadbrush sweep of your characterization of the rich.

Yes, I know who you are referring to--not those who are fortunate enough to have wealth and who also use their wealth for the betterment of the world and people around them--but those who are greedy, cynical, and destructive with their wealth.

The negative reaction, to me, is about nuance.

I think most of us are becoming more apprehensive about the constant and inflammatory use of broad-brush attacks by the right wing. That type of attack is based on an emotional and unforgiving anger that lashes out at anything that resembles their target. There's no nuance. No recognition that the "gummint" is not just a big amorphous blob of bad, but also does lots of necessary and very helpful things for us Americans. The same with taxes: no tax is a good tax. They could care less if there are highways of superior quality running all over this country that were and are paid for by taxes; that our military is supported by our taxes; that our food is inspected by our (fewer and fewer) USDA inspectors. It's all lumped together into one big angry name-calling in an effort to rouse people to action.

In the case of Democrats, we are almost always more attentive to the details and the exceptions, so we realize that the Greedy Rich are the problem, not the Rich in and of themselves. I think this nuance is important and necessary to maintain or we could sink into the same treacherous waters our right-wing adversaries have already dived into.

P.S.- I wouldn't take it too personally about the name-calling and relentless attacks. Strong anger always elicits a strong visceral reaction. Most, if not all, of those folks would support everything you say about the condition of our country and the injustices that you describe.

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