With only scant clarifications / updates, news anchorman Howard Beale’s above rant, featured in the 1976, Paddy Chayefsky written, Sidney Lumet directed flick, Network, remains relevant today.
First, let’s specifically address Beale’s “punks are running wild in the streets” and “banks are going bust” references.
Today’s “punks”, in actuality, are Flaw and Disorder Trump’s jackbooted stormtroopers, who mindlessly obey their boss’s barked out unconstitutional orders to invade American municipalities, viciously attack duly pissed off demonstrators and simultaneously trample their 1st Amendment Rights… hallowed Constitutional rights which, in part, categorically state…
“Congress shall make no law… abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
As for the banks… while… so far… ATM’s are still cranking out currency (so fast the ink is almost wet), it’ll only be a matter of time before the unsustainable smoke and mirrors economies, worldwide, go up in smoke and get shattered into glass shards.
Next, let’s discuss societal unraveling, in the abstract. When we temporally, forward-project Beale’s remarks re cowering in our dwellings, fretting about home invasions and brushing off homicide stats as the “accepted norm”… well…
Pitted against today’s pandemic backdrop, are not we, the homebound, fearing COVID-19 will soon be kicking down our doors, sickening us to death and carving our names into our tombstones? Hell, here in America, when Trump speaks his mucked up mind re America’s… so far… 177,000 pandemic fatalities, with nary a blinked back tear, he’ll say, “It is what it is.”
At this juncture, let’s discuss Beale’s recommendation, “First, you’ve got to get Mad, etc.”
The key word, here, is “First”.
Once we’re done yelling “I’m as mad as hell, etc.”… once we slam our windows shut… we must next channel our outrage constructively by voting smartly. That starts with slamming the window of opportunity on ALL opportunistic, high and mighty candidates ISO high elective office.
Stay Safe at Home! Stay Publicly Masked! Stay Healthy!