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That explains it

Percentage of Republicans and Democrats, respectively, who believe in Hell: 69, 52

Harper’s Index, June 2008

Mad yet?

Economy got you down? Gas prices making it difficult to commute? Tired of paying $5 for a box of Fruit Loops?

Perhaps the time has come to take Howard Beale’s advice from the 1976 Oscar-winning movie “Network:”

“I don’t have to tell you things are bad. Everybody knows things are bad. It’s a depression. Everybody’s out of work or scared of losing their job. The dollar buys a nickel’s work, banks are going bust … and there’s no end to it. We know the air is unfit to breathe and our food is unfit to eat … as if that’s the way it’s supposed to be. We know things are bad — worse than bad. They’re crazy. It’s like everything everywhere is going crazy …

“I want you to get mad! I don’t want you to protest. I don’t want you to riot — I don’t want you to write to your congressman because I wouldn’t know what to tell you to write. I don’t know what to do about the depression and the inflation … all I know is that first you’ve got to get mad. You’ve got to say, ‘I’m a human being … My life has value!’

“So I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. 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!’ ”

John McCaslin can be reached at 202/636-3284 or