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On Ginning Up Anger & Frustration (against Attila the Hun?)

An excerpt from Frank Cagle’s latest column:
The Republicans passed a raft of gun bills as soon as they got a majority, an entire session known as the Year of the Gun. The Republicans and conservative Democrats have a constitutional amendment ready for the ballot in the next gubernatorial race to restrict abortion rights. This session saw the repeal of the inheritance tax and the gift tax and a reduction in the sales tax on groceries.
So is there rejoicing in the streets?
Not if your issue is propelled by frustration and anger. But how to gin up frustration and anger when you have control of the Legislature and your agenda is being passed?
Well, you think of something.
You attack the non-existent problem of elementary school teachers teaching homosexual sex. You try and regulate the student handbook at a private university (Vanderbilt) because they are discriminating against Christians. You argue that an anti-bullying law that prevents students calling a gay classmate names is restricting free speech.
You come up with a gun bill that tells property owners they don’t have the right to regulate firearms on their property and then go berserk when it isn’t passed.
You run candidates against conservative Republicans in their primary.
I find it amusing that someone like state Rep. Debra Maggart, chair of the Republican Caucus, is being attacked for not being conservative enough. Maggart is to the right of Attila the Hun.

A ‘More Optimistic’ Corker Faces Crowd of Long-Shot Opponents

Not so long ago, Bob Corker was not so sure he wanted another six-year term in the U.S. Senate because of frustration over congressional inaction, which he compares to “watching paint dry.”
“Most people who know me know that all last year, I really had to think about that myself,” he said in a telephone interview from his Washington office.”If you have led a productive life, you have to wonder it it’s worth your time being here.
“But, for what it’s worth, I have become more optimistic than I have been in a long time that we will rise up and deal with our nation’s problems … just because frustrations are so high, on both sides of the aisle.”
With his newly formed belief that congressional frustration levels are on the verge of reaching the breaking point, especially on the overriding issue of dealing with national debt, Corker said he decided to run again.
“I want to be part of solving that problem, and I think I will be,” he said.

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