Due to popular response, I am told that I should let you know that during this movie there is a phone call to the Network where Faye Dunaway answers the phone and says ‘they are yelling in Baton Rouge’. 


Do these words sound familiar? 

“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 to take this anymore!”

The year was 1976 and the movie was “Network”.  Howard Beale was addressing the public in a radio talk show on the high cost of living, increase in violent crime, poor air quality, and unemployment rate.  Ironically, he addresses the fact that writing your congressman will be of no effect.

Talk about history repeating itself.  It’s almost prophetic for our current scenario in Louisiana and specifically in East Baton Rouge Parish.  Baton Rouge is the state capital and home to legislators who just chose to totally ignore the voters plea and give their self a pay raise.  Governor Jindal is also playing the absentee landlord by claiming he will also reject the citizen’s cry to veto the bill by ignoring that option and allowing it to automatically become law.  This, along with violent crime, captures the first ten minutes of our nightly news in the Red Stick.

Groups, PACS, and recall notices are slowly forming against the blatant lawmakers who erroneously believe that Huey P. Long’s cry ‘Every Man a King’ applies only to their selves!

Regardless of their indifference to voters, we should still make our voice known in the voting booth as well as writing and joining forces with capable groups that plan to combat excess spending in government.  Take a few minutes and write Governor Bobby Jindal to voice your concerns on issues such as the legislative pay raise.  Whatever you do, just get involved.  Talk. Write. Email. Call.  Voice your opinion now and in the voting booth in upcoming elections.

Go ahead!  Get up out of your chair!  Throw the window of communication open!  Holler at your elected officials and get mad as hell and tell them you are not going to take it anymore!

Until next time,

Red Stick Republican