On Fear: the Holy Grail of the right


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Actually, it was Austin Cline

doing his Sundays with an Athiest post at Jesus' General.

patriotboy's picture
Posted by patriotboy (not verified) on 12 February 2007 - 11:40pm
Thank you for noting that

I will correct the post accordingly.

media girl's picture
Posted by media girl on 13 February 2007 - 9:55am
Optical Illusion

You are very correct to point out that Republicans are pushing the issues that appear threatenning. But then again I'm not so sure that's a bad thing. For example, 9/11 shows that we have virulent Islamofascist enemies (unless you are among those who believe that the US perpetrated the attacks in which case ... well, good luck). It seems logical to me that we would fear such people who want to destroy our Nation and rule the world in their own sick image.

On the other hand, I find that the Democrats spend a lot of their time Fear Mongering about ... George "ChimpHitler" Bush and his Republican Storm Troopers - as if it is our own fellow Americans who are the Enemy. Um. Well, good luck with that too.

Fear mongering is fear mongering, you know. The democrats have been up to their eyeballs and more with fear mongering ever since George became President in 2000 - long before 9/11. Their rant began immeadiately and increased in pitch over time, as if screaming louder makes your point more logical. hmmmm... ok.

Bob's picture
Posted by Bob (not verified) on 13 February 2007 - 2:03pm
Here's some news for you, Bob

People have wanted to destroy America long before al Qaeda came along. That doesn't make Islamic hoodlums into a threat to America on anywhere near the same scale as the Soviet Union was during the Cold War.

And yet Bush and the Republicans have cynically exploited criminal activity of marginal characters in what was once called the "third world" and elevated a lunatic like Osama bin Laden into a world-class "enemy" on par with the United States. Without America's focused attention, bin Laden was a marginal nothing who got "lucky" on 9/11 but has no military strength and, before Bush over-reacted, little influence in the Middle East.

But Bush fell for the bait. In doing so, Bush attacked not only al Qaeda but the secular, anti-Islamic state of Iraq. Why? I'm sure we'll keep peeling that onion for years to come, but it's pretty clear that he tried to parlay on the hysteria he whipped up.

Now you argue that fear is a virtue. That strikes me as very un-American, Bob. Fear makes you do stupid things. Fear makes you timid. Fear makes you make mistakes.

And fear is not an American tradition. If we had politicians trying to cash in on fear, we wouldn't have had the American Revolution.

There were a couple of other famous politicians who cashed in on fear in the 20th century, and it's so kind of you to bring one of them up. Hitler was one. He really whipped up fears in Germany that the world was out to get them so they had to get the world first. Then of course Stalin was a maestro of fear. In fact, the entire Soviet foreign policy was largely based on fear.

Is Bush a Hitler? Hardly. He'd have to kill tens of millions of people, and as bloody as his hands are, he's well below an order of magnitude smaller in his impact. And his attempts to remake the Constitution to fit his own personal vision of what he sees as his God-given destiny are indeed frightening, though being afraid of jack boots in America won't stop them from appearing.

And just because Bush isn't Hitler doesn't make fear a virtue.

It's time we stopped being afraid as a nation and started getting smart about how we lead the world. Otherwise every nutjob lunatic with a bomb out there is going to whipsaw our nation everywhere but where our national interest lies.

media girl's picture
Posted by media girl on 14 February 2007 - 9:11am