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ANGRY AMERICA? BBC SAYS YES

Angry America works it out.

“Mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore.” Angry America on Network, 1976. via cnn.com

The BBC knows why you live in angry America. And angry Oregon.

Research shows an angry America. Is it true?

Yes, according to BBC research that includes all the big names in poll sampling.

A CNN/ORC poll.

Be angry the results are posted on a twenty nine page pdf file for clickability.

NBC/Wall Street Journal poll.

Be angry WSJ includes a pay wall to read more about anger.

NBC/Esquire survey.

This one includes a handy American Rage quizz. Hit it hard to record your own anger.

Pew Research.

In a straight forward manner, this doesn’t stink.

A survey by Gallup.

The survey title is “Public Remains Wary of Federal Government’s Power.” Sounds more like a front page Oregonian headline.

In proper English the BBC tells the world angry America is boiling over.

“Are you angry, somewhat angry, spitting angry, punch yourself in the face angry, or perhaps just a bit pissy?”

Dear England, we know all about anger in America. If Donald Trump says we’re angry, damn it, we’re angry. Bernie Sanders says he’s angry and we’re angry with him.

But it’s more than the economy, immigration, Washington D.C., America’s world status, or a divided nation.

We call that run of the mill angry. Nothing new there.

Real anger comes from reading American anger stories written by people with names that echo Downton Abbey.

Angry America needs a break.

“You seemed to have lost your pasty appearance. Have you been tanning?” “Certainly not.” via telegraph.uk.co

She doesn’t get American anger, which is understandable if she was raised in England.

Some shades of anger color England.

When an American travels the English countryside and stops for lunch, a surprise awaits them if they order a milk shake from the menu.

“I’d like a milk shake, please.”

“That’s what I just give ya.”

“This is a scoop of ice cream in a glass of milk.”

“Oh aren’t you the lazy American. Give it a stir and see what happens.”

Or, stop into a cafe and order coffee instead of tea.

“What’s this? I ordered a cup of coffee.”

“Did you now. You givin’ orders, are ya?”

“May I have a cup of coffee, please?”

“What do you call what I gave you?”

“A pack of Sanka and a cup of hot water.”

“Well, then. You’re not as dumb as you look. Have a double. It’s on the house.”

“Two packs of Sanka?”

“Right you are. And you’re welcome.”

Americans may not be as angry in England, but they have reasons to be.

England could be angry, and would be, if not for their special manners. Lucky for the rest of us that their veneer of civil behavior peels off once an important footie ball match starts and soccer hooligan shows some kick-ass anger.

Speaking of ass kicking, American tradition once served all with the notion of, “If you don’t fly right you’re going to find a boot up your ass until you do.”

2016, even this early, is a new America. So was 2015, 2014, and so on.

The boot in the butt retired after the baby boomers decided to try something else on opposing attitudes. Call it an adjustment in the Rules of Engagement. Call it history.

Being angry in America was one of the driving forces of nation building.  Boozed up hillbillies didn’t move to the next frontier for their leisure.

Midwest farmers didn’t take to the Oregon Trail for vacation.

And angry men didn’t move into the Malheur Wildlife Refuge to bird watch.

Anger seems to come with the territory. Are you angry? Would you be angry if drug house people moved into your neighborhood and brought traffic with them?

There’s big picture anger, and small picture anger. Choose one or the other, or else you’ll never step out the door.

For a last resort, go to the window. Here’s how to do it:

 

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