Why is anger news?

Today, I read a headline that the president is angry the stock market is falling. OK, so he is angry. I am not too thrilled about it, but we have had a bull market for close to eleven years.

But, why is anger newsworthy? In a world of imperfect people, people are going to be angry at someone or some thing. We see twitter wars between various personalities over issues that are not that important. The angry president causes much of his own mess by tweeting about things that do not matter. He is mad that a South Korean film won the Oscar. OK.

People are mad at the Queen of England for agreeing that her grandson and his new wife cannot use certain royal privileges. Well, they did not want to be treated as royals or perform royal duties, so this is what that means. The Queen is just saying you can’t have it both ways.

And, we have talk show hosts who basically peddle gossip. Their shows focus on feuding celebrities, which concerns me even less than what the president is mad about. So, some star is mad at another and the other is returning the favor. OK.

There are so many things to be concerned about, we should be very unconcerned over who is angry at whom. Billy Joel sang about an “Angry young man.” In short, he became an angry old man. Think about that one.

Here are two stanzas from an “Angry young man,” a transition stanza and one where the angry old man is introduced:

“I passed the age of consciousness and righteous rage
I found that just surviving was a noble fight
I once believed in causes too
I had my pointless point of view
And life went on no matter who was wrong or right

And there’s always a place for the angry young man
With his fist in the air and his head in the sand
And he’s never been able to learn from mistakes
So he can’t understand why his heart always breaks
But his honor is pure and his courage as well
And he’s fair and he’s true and he’s boring as hell
And he’ll go to the grave as an angry old man”

8 thoughts on “Why is anger news?

  1. You are so right … people are drawn in by it … watching others rage seems to have entertainment value. Like you, I’m not impressed by Trump’s anger, but I do pay attention to it for the fact that his rage, real or feigned, always has a target, and we need to note how unprofessional it is for the ‘president’ of the country to target political opponents, private citizens, the media, and foreign agents … basically anyone who isn’t in 100% agreement with him … in such a way. But, you’re right … his anger, apart from that, is rather irrelevant. You’ve heard about his lawsuit against NYT?

    • Jill, unprofessional is one of many words. I did hear about the lawsuit. Part of me says, let’s go to court and call witnesses. Maybe Americans can get the truth. If the NYT said let’s go, he would drop the case.

      Also, what unfortunately works is a man using “righteous indignation,” when accused of sexual assault. And, it need not just be the accused. We have two credibly accused and poorly vetted Supreme Court justices. It became a tribal contest rather than one to get at the truth. In Thomas’ case, a second witness was there, but never testified. In Kavanaugh’s case, the issues should have arisen sooner and real vetting could have occurred.

      Trump fights back with a temper, but that does not making him right. In fact, more times than not, his righteous indignation is subterfuge. Keith

      • I wonder how many more of these “publicity stunts” we’re to be subjected to between now and November 3rd. Sadly, they seem to work to keep his base held together.

        As re the sexual assault charges against Supreme Court Justices … I understand that part of the reason he withdrew the nomination of Jessie Liu for a post in the Treasury Department was that she refused to pursue criminal charges against certain of Kavanaugh’s accusers. Other reasons were that she refused to charge McCabe, and recommended jail time for Flynn. And, I also understand that Justice Clarence Thomas’ wife Ginny was behind the memo about Liu that caused Trump to ditch the nomination. Now, isn’t that interesting?

      • Jill, that is interesting. We will see faux and real anger from Trump, especially when things don’t go his way. As Warren Buffett said when Trump was taking credit for the stock market gain in 2017, well he better be prepared to take the blame when it falls. Buffett knows presidents have only little impact on the stock market, yet that did not stop this one from so doing. Keith

  2. Trump is angry is he? Things are not going to script aren’t they? . Well that’s Life. The magnificent word ‘Klutz’ springs to mind.
    As for ‘Anger’, it’s getting to be like the ‘F’ word, used so often its use is getting boring and suggests a dullness in the mind of the user.
    Regrading Anger itself, I lived on a diet of it for many years….. doesn’t work, I’m trying the wean myself off of it.
    Now ‘Ridicule……’

    • Roger, anger does make that blood pressure boil. Ridicule is more healthy, but artful and deft ridicule can be an art form.

      As noted, my reaction is “so?” when I hear Trump is angry. I equate it with a toddler having a meltdown because the other kids won’t play with him. In the case of the stock market fall, he knows it is a barometer that he throws out, but he believes his own BS that he has a huge hand in it. As it falls, the stock market reveals that it is not really controlled by anyone. The decline reveals the king is naked. Keith

      • Roger, sadly, strident voices have been drowned out. You would think they would listen to Mitt Romney, but the Trump sycophants have said he is an enemy of the people. Bill Weld is running president, but he is ignored. And, the best conservative voices have been defanged. There is a strong wave to squelch dissent, which is a huge part of the problem. Poor Jill tried to share her concern with some Trump fans and they called her a “stupid bitch.”

        That GOP voice will have to have nerves of steel and a thick skin. Keith

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