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"We're Mad as Hell and We're Not Going to Take it Anymore"

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For some time now there has been a growing, smoldering rage just below the surface of this society. It is a rage that has been fueled by anger, frustration and a feeling of hopelessness of the millions of Americans who have been victimized by the abusive and manipulative tactics practiced by Corporate American and the power brokers of Wall Street. This rage is now boiling over and spreading across this entire nation.


The title of this article comes from the classic movie "Network" released in 1976. It depicts an angry, slightly deranged TV anchor who rants about the hypocrisies of the times and fires his audience up by shouting at them, "I want you to get up right now and go to the window. Open it and stick your head out, and yell, "I'M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!"

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A similar rage in America is evolving into a rapidly growing movement that, seemingly out of the blue, has taken Wall Street by storm. Relatively small demonstrations, launched by organizers of "Occupy Wall Street," began on September 17 and, as they head into a third week, the ranks of protesters are swelling, aided greatly by the New York Transit Workers Union. Other similar demonstrations have taken place in Chicago, San Francisco and other cities.


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In the past few years I have asked this question numerous times: "Where is the rage, where is the outrage, when will the people say enough is enough?" Well the answer may finally be here as protests against Corporate America and Wall Street have suddenly erupted with no signs of diminishing. It's been a long time coming but we may finally be witnessing the pent up anger of many Americans turning into strong positive actions.


Why are the people so angry, why would they be mad as hell and take to the streets to protest? Well, it just might be that they have watched as America has been hijacked by corporations and Wall Street who are using their corrupted lackeys in the U.S. Congress, to take control of this nation and pacify the American people; and these people are completely fed up with what is happening in this country and are finally venting their anger.


Something of great historical importance is happening in America; this may be the beginning of a movement that will shake this nation and its government out of its mental paralysis and lethargy and break the vice grip that corporations have on America. It seems that America has finally reached that tipping point when the patience of the people is ending.


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We have a president and a Congress that could have and should have instituted appropriate and effective regulations to prevent any more Wall Street abuses such as those that created the housing crisis and brought on the disastrous recession that seems to have no end. They did no such thing and this president completely failed to show the necessary leadership that was so very necessary. He let very ineffective, watered down legislation be enacted which is yet more proof that his connection to Wall Street is greater than his connection to the American people.


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Michael Payne is an independent, progressive activist. His writings deal with social, economic, political and foreign policy issues. He is a featured writer on Opednews and Nation of Change and his articles have appeared on many other websites (more...)

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