When Will Your Mad As Hell Moment Happen?

by Derek Markham

If you’ve been living under a rock, like I have, then you might have missed Dylan Ratigan’s mad as hell moment the first time around.

I know next to nothing about Ratigan, as I’ve never watched the show before, but I was ready to stand up and cheer after watching this clip – not because of the specific solutions he mentions, but because he got mad as hell and let it all hang out.

And it made me think.

It made me wonder why we all sit back on our duffs and let a ‘bought congress’ (his term, and I love it) continue to muck things up for us. Yes, muck things up for us. Both because the effects of their actions in government are felt by the masses, and because they have a mandate to represent us, their constituents.

There comes a point in our life when we get mad as hell about something – not about the score of the ballgame, or someone cutting us off in traffic, but about an injustice or a situation that can no longer hold – and that ‘righteous anger’ is a powerful thing.

But too often, we tone it down to make it more acceptable to our friends or coworkers or spouse, or it gets diluted because we’re ‘sort of angry’ at many things, and in so doing, I think we miss a prime opportunity to show people what moves us – and to then get them off their duffs.

Ratigan was raging about the economy, and the trade, tax, and banking policies which support the extraction of wealth from the U.S., which is a huge topic, and one which tends to be the elephant in the room that nobody wants to admit seeing. But that’s not what I think you ought to get mad as hell about right now.

What I think you ought to be mad as hell about are specifics – specific bills and policies (and the politicians behind them) – which affect us and our families and which can be addressed individually, such as the issue of toxic emissions from coal plants.

What I think you ought to be mad as hell about is the opposition from politicians to updating our Clean Air Act to include emissions from coal-fired power plants.

What I think you ought to be mad as hell about is that our government has not made the health of its citizens a much higher priority than making higher profits for private businesses.

What I think you ought to be mad as hell about is the fact that 3/4 of mercury air emissions come from coal-fired power plants, and that more than 400,000 newborns are affected by mercury pollution every year.

What I think you ought to be mad as hell about is that the costs of environmentally mediated diseases in children are an astonishing $76 billion per year.

What I think you ought to be mad as hell about is that 20 out of the top 25 mercury emitting coal-fired plants are located within 50 to 100 miles of population centers, and that mercury exposure for children can have serious side effects.

What I think you ought to be mad as hell about is that we already have the technology to cut these harmful toxic emissions, and the price of the technology to capture mercury emissions has decreased to only 1/6 of what it was more than 10 years ago. And that because of a loophole in the Clean Air Act, coal-fired plants built before 2000 are exempt from emissions of hazardous air pollutants.

Do you know a kid with asthma? How about parents of a child born with a birth defect? Or a child with cancer? Or with lead poisoning? Do you live near a coal-fired power plant? Do you know anyone who does?

Even if you don’t live NEAR a plant, you’re breathing their pollution and your fish is contaminated.

I’m guessing you can answer yes to at least one of those questions, and if so, what are you waiting for? It’s time for us to get mad as hell about the health side-effects of burning coal for power. Because our kids can’t protect themselves against toxic air pollution – it’s up to us.

To learn more, join the Moms Clean Air Force and help us to get the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards passed and implemented.


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Photo credit: Moms Clean Air Force


W. C
W. C2 months ago

Thanks for caring.

William C
William C2 months ago

Thank you.

Denis T.

Here's a mad as hell moment I like. (2 minutes, french with english subtitles)

Zee Kallah
Past Member 6 years ago

When I read an article Kit sent me on The Final Indignity --- that was one.

US Politics & Gov't (tags: abuse, americans, cover-up, death, dishonesty, lies, politics, propaganda, Shame )

- 6 hours ago - truth-out.org

The Air Force dumped the incinerated partial remains of at least 274 American troops in a Virginia landfill, far more than the military had acknowledged, before halting the secretive practice three years ago -> William Rivers Pitt, Please read and cry!

This was my comment:
Friday December 9, 2011, 8:23 pm
Out of respect for Care2 and it's people.....I dare not express how I feel.

profanity, innovative cursing, screeee!chng

I've been told I'm creative and boy could I give forth some expletives you've never heard!!

Kimberlee W.
Kimberlee W6 years ago

As I read what a Providence, RI commentator had written, it all makes perfect sense.
The OWS, just as the Tea Party had done, should form it's own constituancy and run delegates for office, locally and federally, and put the Dems to OUR test of purity.

Yup, makes perfect sense - - especially because our radicals are just that much smarter than the TeaBaggers'. (LOL)

Cathy Noftz
Cathy Noftz6 years ago

~Yes I am as mad as hell, to and I believe the majority of people in the US feel the same way!~We all just need a good game plan to get rid of all the idiots in Washington!!~

Kathleen L.
Kathleen L6 years ago

Get mad as hell-- then do something! Wait-- I think that's the occupy movement!

Chelsea M.
Chelsea M6 years ago


Shalvah Landy
Past Member 6 years ago

I am Human so I get mad, however awakening to consciousness I prefer the positive energy rather than any negative energy.

Holly Lawrence
Holly Lawrence6 years ago

I have several every day!