Charles Payne

So, I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window. Open it, and stick your head out, and yell:
'I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going take this anymore!'

I want you to get up right now. Sit up. Go to your windows. Open them and stick your head out and yell -
'I'm as mad as hell and I'm not gonna take this anymore!'

Things have got to change. But first, you've gotta get mad! ... You've got to say,
'I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going take this anymore!'

Then we'll figure out what to do about the depression and the inflation and the oil crisis.
But first, get up out of your chairs, open the window, stick your head out, and yell, and say it:
'I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going take this anymore!'

-Howard Beale
"Network"

In 1976, 'I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going take this anymore,' was one of the most memorable quotes in movie history. It became an instant classic and matched the mood of the nation. Yet in the political arena, not a lot has really changed, at least not in the House of Representatives. Also in 1976, 96% of incumbents in the House won re-election, although frustration was felt in the Senate where only 64% of incumbents won. (In 1980, America had finally had enough. Not only did they elect Ronald Reagan, but also 55% of incumbent senators lost their seats and 91% of the House -sadly that is a big number.)

Nowadays, everyone claims that they are 'mad as hell and not going to take it anymore,' and yet compliancy among voters has never been worse. In fact, since that period that ushered in the Gipper, the most vocal grassroots movement has been the Tea Party, which hit the scene like a Roman candle that many now think, is fizzling out in the midnight sky. There have been many pretender movements from the left to the right of the political spectrum, but this stuff cannot be manufactured. People have to wake up, come together, and have the same epiphany:

"I'm mad as hell!"

As much as the media is celebrating the presumed defeat of the Tea Party, everyone should be melancholy because there needs to be a fire. It is not about whether you agree or disagree; it is just the notion that regular people were willing to march to the nearest park and demand that someone listen to their fears. People need to tell politicians that we cannot be placated with gimmicks and prizes as if we swapped our vote for a box of Cracker Jacks.


Charles Payne

Charles V. Payne is a regular contributor to the Fox Business and Fox News Networks. He is also the Chief Executive Officer and Principle Analyst of Wall Street Strategies, Inc. (WSSI), founded in 1991 which provides subscription analytical services to both individual and institutional investors.