Time to ‘shout’ so lead­ers hear

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor - TOM MOR­RIS Lov­ingston, Vir­ginia

Some of us will re­mem­ber the iconic rant of TV an­chor­man Howard Beale as por­trayed by Peter Finch in the 1976 movie “Net­work.” In the film, lead char­ac­ter Beale is an ag­ing and now unt­trac­tive news­caster about to get the ‘ax.’ Plum­met­ing rat­ings have de­manded his head. On the very night which is to be his last, Beale bares his soul, tor­mented — but not be­cause this is the end of his ca­reer, but be­cause it is the end of the civ­i­lized world as he knew it.

Af­ter im­plor­ing all his view­ers who share his be­lief to open their win­dows and shout, “I’m mad as hell and I’m not go­ing to take it any­more?” Beale walks off the set. As it turns out, most of New York City agrees with him, and one by one win­dows are thrown open.

Un­for­tu­nately, Peter Finch died just months be­fore be­ing awarded an Acad­emy Award for his per­for­mance in “Net­work.” This was a pity not only for him, but for us all.

God knows it is high time for all of Amer­ica to ‘open its win­dows’ and shout loudly enough for our lead­ers in Wash­ing­ton to get the mes­sage. As for the lead­ers of France, Le­banon, Syria, Jor­dan and Is­rael, sadly, they need only open their eyes to see the truth each day.

It is time for Wash­ing­ton to stop act­ing.

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