Election Irrational Rage

I’m feeling a certain regret for becoming an informed citizen.

Talking with a staunch democrat friend, I told her that I thought  Obama would probably win and that maybe it was a good thing: “Maybe people wouldn’t be so mad.”

See, I feel like the anger is coming from the right,” she said.

She was talking about this:

The Secret Service is following up on media reports today that someone in the crowd at a McCain/Palin event suggested killing Barack Obama, according to Secret Service spokesman Malcolm Wiley. The shout of “kill him” followed a Sarah Palin rant on Obama’s relationship with radical Chicagoan Bill Ayers.

Assuming that is an accurate report, shouting murderous intentions is pretty angry. No doubt a rally for McCain is a republican site. So, there is some right anger going on. 

But I’ve been hearing so much rage against Bush for so long, personally. I’ve had liberal friends describe violent and humiliating things they would like to do the the current president. Do I think they would actually do  such things? no. But I am amazed to find these usually rational people be so full of destructive ‘bad energy.’

And now we are at the election. Almost there. I see this old anger directed at McCain, and my homegirl Palin.

What is up with this? I hate to continue to spread these nasty things, but here is some ofwhat I’m talking about:

In a sign of increasing nastiness on the left, supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama have been booing rivals John McCain and Sarah Palin, and even screaming “liar!” — with no response from Obama.

Okay, screaming “liar!” about the opponent is not so bad. But there is more. Michelle Malkin chronicles what she’s found. That post is a comparison of left rage vs. right rage. She, like me, is a conservative. She has collected a bunch of nasty things about Palin and McCain, and reaches back to show the Bush-rage that I’ve been noticing too.

I wanted to find a quote to paste in here, but I just can’t…it’s so distasteful. Read it if you are feeling very balanced, but if you don’t want a downer skip it.

I find this rage incomprehensible. Passion about an issue, I understand. But how do these people, who claim to be so interested in “serving the common good” (a phrase I see repeated and repeated in democrat literature in my community) justify this kind of nastiness?

A lefty femme does admit (an act of honesty) that she enraged by Palin:

What I’ve written on this site about Palin so far has been pretty restrained, considering what I feel for her privately could be described as violent, nay, murderous, rage. When Palin spoke on Wednesday night, my head almost exploded from the incandescent anger boiling in my skull. And I’m not the only one! I had simultaneous IM conversations with many friends, who said things like, “she seems like a fucking monster” and “this feminist wants to murk that idiotic c*nt.”

The tone of the comments on our Palin acceptance speech live blog was pretty similar; in fact, this comment says it all: “I want to punch her in the face and ruin her sh*t. **** her for ruining this historic moment. THANKS SARAH, THE HOTTEST VP.”

[I have censored the language, sorry it’s not a direct quote. Go to the link for the full text]

I see anger from the left, and my friend sees it from the right. It’s not really possible to say which is stonger.

What IS possible to say is, to quote my childcare training, “It’s not OKAY.”

It’s time for a little refresher course:

Expressing your angry feelings in an assertive—not aggressive—manner is the healthiest way to express anger. To do this, you have to learn how to make clear what your needs are, and how to get them met, without hurting others. Being assertive doesn’t mean being pushy or demanding; it means being respectful of yourself and others.

Anger can be suppressed, and then converted or redirected. This happens when you hold in your anger, stop thinking about it, and focus on something positive. The aim is to inhibit or suppress your anger and convert it into more constructive behavior. The danger in this type of response is that if it isn’t allowed outward expression, your anger can turn inward—on yourself. Anger turned inward may cause hypertension, high blood pressure, or depression.

Let’s get real people. Who are we helping with this kind of rage?  Step back, take a breath, and remember it will all be over in less than a month.