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Suddenly ‘Rage’ Is All The Rage In News

A random selection from what passes for journalism today, courtesy of the Politico:

Blood from a man’s finger bitten off by a MoveOn.org demonstrator at a healthcare rally in Los Angeles.

Spring forecast: Incivility with a chance of rage

By: David Catanese
April 4, 2010

MANCHESTER, N.H. — If the experience of this state’s two Democratic House members is any indication, the raw emotion and mistrust emanating from last summer’s congressional town halls never really went away.

Instead, the unrest simmered over the ensuing months, only to return to a boil when Rep. Carol Shea-Porter and Rep. Paul Hodes, who is running for U.S. Senate, returned home to meet with their constituents here during the first week of the Easter recess.

Their public events provided a bracing reminder to Democrats that the political pivot from health care to economic and financial issues is going to be much more arduous than they expected.

At a senior center in Manchester Wednesday, one woman turned away when Hodes offered his outstretched hand for an introduction.

"I don’t want to shake your hand. You voted for health care, so just go," snapped Carmen Guimond, as she refocused on her lunch of roast beef and mashed potatoes and waved him on…

While the landmark health care reform law is driving much of the hostility, at a handful of events here in the week after its passage, voters expressed profound cynicism and suspicion not just about the legislation but about Washington, government and virtually everything that came out of their legislators’ mouths.

A man who did not want to be identified said he pulled Hodes aside at the Manchester event to ask him why he wasn’t wearing a wedding ring. The congressman told him he’s allergic to gold. His constituent remained skeptical.

“It’s a satisfactory answer, but I don’t know if it’s true,” the man said afterward, citing “all the improprieties out there” as the reason he inquired.

For her part, at back-to-back town hall meetings in Bedford and Merrimack, Shea-Porter faced consistent boos, heckles and catcalls after almost every point she rattled off in defense of her vote.

Despite an effort to accommodate questions from the raucous crowds with a ticketed lottery system and a two-minute time limit for speakers, the congresswoman got little credit from the audience. If anything, it gave her opponents fresh ammunition.

"Why can’t we ask a question?" yelled one man, objecting to a format that randomly selected numbers out of a tub of tickets to choose questioners.

"Are you a princess or a representative?" chastised one woman.

Yet another man was miffed that he received a form letter from the representative’s office in response to six specific questions he sent her by mail.

"I expect a reply. I heard a position statement that did not answer any of my questions," complained Ben Niles of Merrimack…

The raw emotion expressed at the public events — on both sides — left both Shea-Porter and Hodes seemingly resigned to the fact that the act of defending, or heralding, their health care vote will continue to occupy much of their time for the near future

Doesn’t it seem like nowadays that any and all opposition to the Obama administration and the Democrat controlled Congress is gets called “rage” by our watchdog media?

It isn’t just your imagination.

This is a Google Trend chart for the word “rage”:

The bottom of the graph tracks the “news reference,” which is to say, the number of times the word appears in articles Google deems to be from mainstream news outlets.

Look at how popular “rage” has been in the news since the Democrats took control of Congress. Notice the new higher plateau once the healthcare debate started up, especially from the summer of 2009 onward.

And looking back, isn’t it funny how seldom our media mentioned “rage” during the halcyon days of the anti-Iraq war protests?

But now that conservatives are speaking out “rage” is all the rage.

And dissent is no longer quite so patriotic.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, April 6th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Suddenly ‘Rage’ Is All The Rage In News”

  1. mr_bill says:

    “…Shea-Porter and Hodes seemingly resigned to the fact that the act of defending, or heralding, their health care vote will continue to occupy much of their time for the near future… ”

    Awww, thats too bad. This means they will have to, gasp, actually be responsible to their constituents! What a novel idea. Wouldn’t it be great if we could create an entire system of government based on that kind of responsibility to the voters. What’s that you say? Its been done?! Where?

  2. GetBackJack says:

    I’m enraged by these racist and Constitution-phobic labels and stereotyping.

  3. AcornsRNutz says:

    Send out the bamster to calm down the serfs, the natives are restless in the backwaters. No need to worry, the loyal subjects will “vote” enough times to make up for these rubes who just want these idiots held accountable for what they have done.

  4. Right of the People says:

    They haven’t seen rage yet, just wait until this fall.

  5. proreason says:

    They promised transparency and we are getting it.

    – the transparent hoax of the “hate crime” as the racists matched through the Tea Partiers on the mall, trying and failing to provoke a reaction.
    – the transparent WH orchestrated “rage” of the country
    – the transparent lying
    – the transparent and cynical usage of children and handicapped people to try to win “sympathy” for their crimes
    – the transparent and easily disproven claims of “support” for their Marxist agenda
    – the transparent agenda of the state-run media.

    It’s transparently obvious that they are mental midgits trying to cram their domination down our throats.

    It has had the opposite affect than they wanted..

  6. BigOil says:

    At a senior center in Manchester Wednesday, one woman turned away when Hodes offered his outstretched hand for an introduction.

    “I don’t want to shake your hand. You voted for health care, so just go,” snapped Carmen Guimond, as she refocused on her lunch of roast beef and mashed potatoes and waved him on…

    When a politician is shunned by seniors, it’s a sure sign their career is about to end. Good job Democrats – you’ve earned what is coming your way in November.


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