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Heavy-Handed Politics

"€œGod willing, with the force of God behind it, we shall soon experience a world
without the United States and Zionism."€ -- Iran President Ahmadi-Nejad

Saturday, April 21, 2007


By Dr. Joel Wade

"Anyone can become angry - that is easy. But to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose, and in the right way - this is not easy." - Aristotle (Nicomachean Ethics, II, ix, 2)

It seems all the rage these days to be angry - angry at injustice, angry at past abuses, angry at "the system," at hypocrisy, or at anything at all. As one wag puts it, "I just hate intolerant people!"

This form of angry expression is not the strong and effective anger that we see in the resolve of someone like George Washington: the controlled and consciously directed anger that seeks to solve a problem or correct a genuine injustice.

It is instead a helpless anger, a whining anger, a pleading anger, the anger of a wronged and passive victim of felt injustice, looking for someone else to rectify it for them.

For the past several decades, our country, coached by childishly angry liberals, has been practicing how to throw childish temper tantrums. The consequences for us individually and as a nation are not good. Read more ...


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