I’m Mad as Hell at Congress and I’m not going to Take This Anymore. The time was 1976 and the movie was called Network by Metro Goldwyn Mayer and the actor was Peter Finch. The movie also starred William Holden, Faye Dunaway, Robert Duvall, Ned Beatty, Beatrice Straight and was written by Paddy Chayefsky, directed by Sidney Lumet.
The movie won in many categories from Best Actor that went to Peter Finch, Best Supporting Actress to Faye Dunaway, Best Original Screenplay for Cayefsky and best Supporting Actress for Beatrice Straight.
The premise of the movie was a fictitious television network that struggled with low ratings not uncommonly similar to the plight of many TV networks today.The longtime news anchor played by Finch learns he will lose his job due to the low ratings, he gets fired and then blasts the world with his “Life is Bull-crap” on the air. Yes Howard Beale the news man tells the world how bad it is and he’s “Mad as Hell and not going to Take it Anymore”.
You have to remember, this was in 1976 almost 35 years ago, which is longer than some people are alive today. But the theme of the movie still holds true her and now in 2011.
Today, I’m Mad as Hell at Congress isn’t that far from the old days.
We’re Mad as Hell at the Media
We refer to the Lame Stream Media that produces “fictional news stories” “Half baked reports” “one sided biased accounts” of politics, culture, society, health, wars and we call it entertainment due to the fact that it is a network of paid for scripts that promote products of their sponsors. The mainstream media have forgotten about true, ethics, morals, accuracy and their obligation to present the truth to their audiences.
Network is still alive and well today, its about ratings, revenues and who pays the highest price that shapes how the news is reported and how stories are “crafted” to present advertisers products in a positive yet misleading light.
Today people direct their anger towards congress.
They are mad as hell at Congress.
The Do Nothing Congress of 2010 to 2012 and the two years that has disgusted most Americans with their politicians. The mid-term elections that spun the economy into deeper, divided and unapologetic trenches of madness and mayhem and there is still one year to go until November 2012.
Politicians are demeaning Americans for being lazy, and in 2008 republicans like Phil Gramm called Americans “Whiners”.
This clip is an example of how Congress views Americans, with their “I have mine” and ” too bad for you if you don’t get a job” Your just a lazy good for nothing worker.
This is has also been a goal of Republicans to attack unions, to attack wages, to attack benefits and its is making the country crazy in anger. We pay congress to loaf, we pay congress to degrade our jobs, attack our rights, take away the Constitution, enact trade deals that benefit foreign countries. In fact we pay congress to attack ourselves instead of creating jobs, instead of protecting the environment, instead of ballooning military expenses to protect foreign countries- instead of taking care of our businesses, instead of creating jobs in the sectors which will be bursting with profits in the future.
We pay congress to enact food bills that allow GMO, allow salmonella, allow ecoli into our foods coming from factory food places run by corporations. We pay congress to continue with wars in countries we have no business occupying, we allow oil prices to skyrocket, we pay congress to threaten our drinking water, air and soil with gas fracking that causes earthquakes for the corporations.
The stories have not changed much in 30 years, they have only gotten worse each year and people are good and mad. This is why movements like Occupy Wall Street, Recall Scott Walker and recall Congress are so very popular today.
Occupy Wall Street is the “I’m as Mad as Hell and I’m not Going to Take it Anymore” of 2011 and recalling politicians who lied, cheated their constituents to get in power just to destroy American wages are paying the price. They will pay the price at the polls next year.
When by then, we will all be good and mad and We Won’t Take it anymore will become a reality.
They Pay me to Loaf
How Congress Works and Why you Should Care
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