This happened the other day when I was heading to work after lunch. I wasn't in a grumpy mood really. Just kind of came out of nowhere. I was driving behind someone that had a bumper sticker with the name of...a certain president on it. Pretty much unconsciously this little movie started playing. In that movie were scenes of all these things I'd read in the past couple days about this president and his/her friends, things I'd tried to let brush off me since I find national politics, any nation's politics, to be an unending source of frustration and anger if I let it get to me. So all of a sudden I'm faced with these things: approval to drill for oil in Alaska; our funding both sides of a war we're in by our continued reliance on oil; huge tax breaks for the very rich that is allowing other countries to own more and more of our debt (which they're presumably going to call in at some point and where is that money going to come from?); increased spending on the military when things like healthcare, education, and employment are left on the side of the road; brushing off a bilateral study of the No Child Left Behind Act by over a 1000 state legislators who found the Act UNCONSTITUTIONAL and achieving the very opposite of what it's supposed to do; the naming of Wolfowitz to head the World Bank; and decreased environmental standards. All of this was in there but it was a short movie. Kind of like the life of the nation was flashing before my eyes. And on top of this the driver wasn't even going half the speed limit! So the first chance I got, again without thinking about it consciously, I zoomed past her and as I did gave her an angry look. Right after I did it I thought, that was kind of rude. I don't think she saw me though, for which I'm glad.
Now I'm wondering, did I just discover a new phenomena? Perhaps called Political Road Rage? Has this happened to anyone else?