Wednesday, March 15, 2006
by Rolfe McCollister Jr.
Do you remember the movie Network where the guy gets folks to go to their windows and shout, "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore?" (If you haven't seen it, try to rent a copy.)
When folks act--or shout--in unison, the noise can get pretty loud, and the politicians hear loud and clear. But the sad fact is, most folks watch or read the news and won't even make the effort to get out of their lounge chair or pull away from the computer screen long enough to go to the window, open it and scream.
Over the last 20 years, I have witnessed several attempts at revolution only to find out when it came to push and shove and folks found out it would require change, sacrifice and even some pain, they didn't have the stomach or commitment to real revolution and abandoned ship. And things went back to the way they were.
Much of the perception the Congress and American people have of Louisiana right now comes from watching our Governor Blanco and Mayor Nagin.
Politics are not the answer, but who we elect does matter. Our history shows we have made some bad decisions. And the fact is, you and I as citizens and voters have the right to make those decisions. There is no one else to blame. We also have the opportunity to get involved.
But to have a revolution, takes commitment, passion, money and hard work and can mean war with the status quo (which could mean some of your friends or even clients). Are you really that "mad" yet?