An Anger So Quiet That It's Damn Near Mute



A letter to the editor in this morning's Times-Standard caught the eyes of many around Humboldt County today. Entitled "A quiet anger" and appearing under the byline of Eugene Womack of Myers Flat, it is a pure and somewhat startling blast of teabag rage. The "quiet anger," according to the letter,

is the fury of the voiceless, the powerless, the ordinary nobodies of America, who are ridiculed, preached to, satirized and insulted, by loudmouths like Jon Stewart, Bill Maher or Keith Olbermann. They are tired of being told they are too stupid to understand the country's complex problems, too rooted in the past to find solutions and too selfish, to share what they have worked for, with everyone else who wants it.

And a lot more along those lines.

As of this moment, there are 100 comments on the Times-Standard Web site battling it out over the letter. Several people chatted me up about it this morning. I told them, "Well, say what you will but the guy is a damned good writer."

Twelve hours later, I'm sitting at home and the thought strikes me: Oh. Right.

And yes, in fact. Womack's letter was actually extracted from an op-ed written by former Wall Street Journal reporter James P. Gannon and published last week in the American Spectator.

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