In Defense of Being Angry

One recurring theme I noticed in my recent forays into the right wing blogosphere was a questioning of why the left are so angry. The nature of the blogs posing this question led me to put them into two broad camps: those who genuinely didn't understand the anger and couldn't relate to it and those who were simply being supercilious twats who considered they had the high morals ground. To the second group, the obnoxious pricks who couldn't challenge a diseased weasel for moral or intellectual superiority: fuck you in the neck with a butter knife (this copyright term used with kind permission of Sandra). But because some people genuinely don't seem to understand what engenders this sort of anger, I thought I'd try to explain.

The simplest explanation I can think of is that those in power really ought to understand that if those outside the power group feel (rightly or wrongly) they are being deprived of something important to them, they will get angry. You don't have to agree with the disenfranchised masses about what they deserve but if you can't even see what's driving them you don't score very highly on the perception scale. Not to mention the empathy scale. The scale of anger is often (though not always) in proportion with the perceived offence but the level of anger tends to rise with the passage of time if the causes are not addressed and/or new reasons to be angry are added.

That's a little abstract and I could tie it to concrete issues but what's the point? They are political issues and people on the left and right both have a tendency to toe the political line rather than look at things objectively. The fact that: stealing an election; launching an unjust invasion based on lies; continuing to lie; being apparently unable to face reality; trampling on the right of your own citizens when you get bored with trampling on the rights of other countries; repeatedly breaking the law; applying abhorrent double standards to almost everything imaginable; promoting indiscriminate abduction, torture and murder; wasting the lives of your own soldiers and billions of dollars; not even come close to caring about killing tens of thousands of foreigners; are all seen as forgivable because they're done "your guy"… well, I can't think of any sensible or moral response apart from anger.

You know one thing that really bugs me, apart from all the big things? The denial of past behaviour. The consistently pretending "hey, we were completely supportive when Clinton was president." Clinton got heaps of shit for saying gays should be allowed in the army. Bush gets thousands of soldiers killed simply because of mismanagement and conservatives say ex-generals shouldn't speak out. Clinton gets heaps of shit for admitting he smoked dope. Bush gets a free pass for not admitting that he's a coke head and a drink driver even though everyone knows it's true.

There are times when polite disagreement doesn't cut it.

And I'd like to spend a moment defending anger itself. Anger doesn't have to be bad. Anger doesn't have to mean violence. Properly applied, anger is an effective way to reduce stress. If you can lead a life without stress, bravo! Just don't gloat about it to me or I'll punch you in the face. Wait… I think that's bad anger. I'll punch a punching bag. If you happen to be like 98% of the population and have to deal with stressful situations a daily basis, living in denial will make your stress worse, not better.

It'll build up until you die from a stroke. And isn't venting occasionally more fun than a blood vessel exploding in your brain?



Filed under General Angriness, Politics

11 responses to “In Defense of Being Angry

  1. “Bush gets a free pass for not admitting that he’s a coke head and a drink driver even though everyone knows it’s true.”

    When this prick was running for (and won) Governor of Texas, his big campaign promise was to take chemical dependency treatment out of the prison system. Now the statistic is that 97% of all people in prison in Texas were under the influence, or in pursuit or drugs and/or selling them to support their habit. I know prison is supposed to be punishment. But to turn these people back into society without so much as an education on chemical dependency is untenable. He did it in the adult system, but the state threw a fit about the juveniles. I guess the kids are worth rehabilitation – adults are not. You fuckinbetcha that makes me ANGRY!

  2. In defense of Bill Clinton…. Best financial performance ever. During his term of office, the United States enjoyed the longest economic expansion in American history. Also, the federal government paid down the national debt at a record rate. Wealth creation, home ownership, job growth, productivity improvements, and many other economic measures all improved dramatically. Anybody who had the ability to do that…deserves a blow job. πŸ˜€

    Today the national debt is $8,352,540,888,666.06. That is an average of $27,954.13 PER AMERICAN CITIZEN. The national debt as increased an average of 1.75 billion dollars a DAY since 9/30/05.

  3. didn’t mean to take over this post….sorry

  4. What works for me Mr. Angry are the monthly calls to verizon or AT&T.

    Usually get in a 2 minute rant before I get the hang-up.

    Beats kicking the dog

    most of the time πŸ™‚

  5. Sandra: I’m all for people taking over in comments, particularly when you have something insightful to say! I doubt I would keep bloggin without good feedback.

    Howards: tell me more, what are you calling the phone companies about?

  6. ‘fuck you in the neck with a butter knife (this copyright term used with kind permission of Sandra’

    The Bastard (my eldest) updated his dictionary again to include this phrase:


  7. They are my monthly vent. I talk to them about my wife and kids and the fact that 79 cents to canada deserves a neck f@#ck while they are at it.

  8. Sandra: Nice list of definitions, when it becomes really widespread in Australia we know who to trace it back to.

    Howard : nice lateral thinking, I suppose it’s a free call the vent at the operator too!

  9. bettaer than skype for about a minute

  10. first of all, i’d like to witness the explosion of a blood vessel in the brain. not literally, i mean, if they could emulate what happens and then make a visual presentation of it…that would be great.

    secondly, what kind of numb headed freaks get through life without getting stressed. i cant handle ppl like that. therefore i dont know any like that hehe

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