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I'm As Mad As Hell, And I'm Not Going To Take This Anymore!

Great quote from the 1976 movie network:
Howard Beale: 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 worth, banks are going bust, shopkeepers keep a gun under the counter. Punks are running wild in the street and there's nobody anywhere who seems to know what to do, and there's no end to it. We know the air is unfit to breathe and our food is unfit to eat, and we sit watching our TV's while some local newscaster tells us that today we had fifteen homicides and sixty-three violent crimes, 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, so we don't go out anymore. We sit in the house, and slowly the world we are living in is getting smaller, and all we say is, 'Please, at least leave us alone in our living rooms. Let me have my toaster and my TV and my steel-belted radials and I won't say anything. Just leave us alone.' Well, I'm not gonna leave you alone. 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 and the Russians and the crime in the street. All I know is that first you've got to get mad. You've got to say, 'I'm a HUMAN BEING, God damn it! 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!' I want you to get up right now, sit up, go to your windows, open them and stick your head out and yell - 'I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take this anymore!' Things have got to change. But first, you've gotta get mad!... You've got to say, 'I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!' Then we'll figure out what to do about the depression and the inflation and the oil crisis. But first get up out of your chairs, open the window, stick your head out, and yell, and say it: "I'M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!"

Thanks to James Corbett at corbettreport.com



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ME TOO!

Thanks for the post!

TwelveOhOne's picture

Bump for inspirational speech!

I saw Network for the first time about 5 years ago. Great movie. We are waking the country up.

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"1976" Just let that sink in for a moment.

Here we are decades later and things are just that much worse. Why?

For some reason the old saying "You can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink." comes to mind.

bigmikedude's picture

First thank the Public Education System,

Then Thank

Hollywood,
The NFL,
The Superbowl halftime show, and commercials,
College football,
Baseball,
Basketball,
NASCAR,
Monster Trucks,
Dancing with the Stars,
Reality TV shows
Teen Idol Pop Stars,
American Idol,
Cable TV,
Video Games,
Spring break in Cancun with your friends,

You know, all the more important stuff - Sheep food.