Virtually every group in the population is less angry in 2008 than in 1996 -- those making more and those making less than the average income; college-educated and noncollege-educated folks; men and women.
Only one major group in the population has gotten angrier: people who call themselves "very liberal."
This jibes perfectly with what I see around me and especially on the web. The farther left people are, the more outraged they seem to be about... well, nearly everything. I can't count the number of extreme-left blog comments I've read which exhibited such spittle launching outrage that I felt the need to wipe my face afterwards. Not so much from the right side of the fence though.
But reading on in the Journal I ran across another article that added to my weekly outrage quotient.
The Bush Administration has ignited a furor with a proposed definition of pregnancy that has the effect of classifying some of the most widely used methods of contraception as abortion.
Just about any time the Republican party says anything remotely involving reproductive rights I get pissed off. At least with abortion I can understand the argument, even if I don't agree with it. But this is just ridiculous. Would the world really be a better place with a lot more unwanted children in it?