Fear and the Preachers, Pimps and Politicians

We're witnessing the politics of fear — AGAIN

There is something marvelously predictable about human behavior when under duress or living with general anxiety. If day in and day out you're worried about your job or your safety, if every time you open the door a new BIG problem is there to greet you, if you can't keep up with the onslaught of drama, if you don't even understand a good bit of what is being said to you, ordinary people become paralyzed and barely able to make decisions.

This isn't a new tactic but with politicians now taking to social media like middle school kids, slinging mud and dire predictions, the atmosphere created is even less likely to be one of well being, hope or trust. They manage, instead, to ramp up FEAR. FEAR. FEAR. It permeates our environment. We're not GREAT. We're TERRIFIED. We may even be medicated or self-medicated in order to calm ourselves. When I spit on my finger and hold it in the air to determine the direction of the wind, the spit sizzles with fear.

Haven't you noticed?

Each day, a different group of people is threatened. You can barely keep up with it. Anyone on HIP 2.0, the expanded health care plan for low income people in the state of Indiana, has been made to tremble in fear over and over again since November 2016. Those who were impacted by the DACA decision became victims of the same unmerciful tactics. Old people are worried about losing medicare. This week, it's sport's teams that are being held hostage by some very invasive government intimidation. And, when all else fails, we can get our asses kicked into submission by the incessant game playing with North Korea that seems to promise imminent war — OMG — or at least someone wants us to think so. Run for cover!

Or better yet, take up thy sword and join us in the next war for profit. C'mon mom's and dad's of America, give us your sons and daughters.

Fear works! Every time! Politicians know it. Religious clergy know it. The good, old pimp knows it. Anyone who wants to control you knows it. Fear is one of the most effective ways available to coerce people into behaving the way you want them to. Wow! Everybody is scared shitless. Now ain't that something special. It's paralyzing and divisive, corrosive and dishonest, but it gets the job done.

This is an ugly time to be an American. However, when I need a reality check, I watch documentaries like 13th which follows the path the US has taken from slavery to prisons for profit or Ken Burns new series about Vietnam, and I'm quickly reminded that our society has always harbored a dark past as well as a strong sense of entitlement to exploit the little guy. It's just become a bit more blatant once again, because when you forget to remind the preachers, pimps and politicians that you're in charge of your own life, they'll eventually try to control you — once more — and usually by scaring you to death.

So just remember this! In the words of George Carlin ....

They don't care about you. They don't CARE about YOU.

I'm a myth buster. My recent published book -  Have We Been Screwed? Trading Freedom for Fairy Tales - can be purchased on Amazon. 


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Comment by Vangelis on October 1, 2017 at 2:07am

A close friend of mine lives near Barcelona. He married a Spanish (or I should say Catelonian) woman. I hope to visit him one day. But I have another friend in Berlin that I need to visit first.

Comment by Vangelis on October 1, 2017 at 2:02am

Athens, Greece. What I like about Athens is that as you walk around the city you come across many temples to long dead gods. Zeus, Athena and Poseidon being some of my favourite and all within walking distance of each other.

Comment by Michael Penn on September 30, 2017 at 8:05pm

I agree with your every word here. I see the diversive strategies being enacted and I also admit that Cheeto scares the bejusus out of me. It's because of him that I am afraid as a white man for the very first time in my life. Why am I afraid? It's mostly because I am surrounded by his white supporters. They are all over my town and others close by. I also work with them.

Comment by Teresa Roberts on September 29, 2017 at 8:35pm

We've been wintering in Spain for the past four years and prior to that sold everything we owned and traveled for four years living all over europe for up to 90 days. I lease an apartment now in spain. Where is your apartment?

Comment by Vangelis on September 29, 2017 at 5:27pm

"the wall is there to keep us in not the others out"

So true! This keeps the majority ignorant of the rest of the world and therefore easier to keep them in fear and under control. Australia is particularly susceptible due to its isolation. Being an island continent far from many other parts of the world it takes a big effort to travel. It takes at least 24hrs to get to Europe. That's why I went to the effort of getting my European citizenship (Australia allows dual citizenship) and my apartment in Europe. Now I can travel whenever I want with little planning - just buy the tickets and go! I plan to spend more and more time in Europe and see more and more of it year by year. Travel frees the mind.

Comment by Teresa Roberts on September 29, 2017 at 7:31am

The war against terror is the perfect war. It has an enemy often without a face or even a particular country that can be used over and over again to scare the living daylights out of people. It keeps us afraid to move around freely by crossing borders to visit other countries. Our borders are made to feel like a the only thing that keeps us safe from whatever is OUT THERE. In so many ways we already have a wall and the wall is there to keep us in not the others out. Once you travel and see other countries, you realize that your own country is not that unique and that the stories we've been told about other cultures were often created to make us mistrust one another. Propaganda is a powerful tool and is often used to spread fear.

Comment by Vangelis on September 28, 2017 at 10:39pm

Love the way you don't mince your words so I'll be straight up as well. Once the US defeated the main communist system on the planet, the USSR, they needed a new enemy to keep the American masses in fear and under control. That's when they turned their attention to Islam. As much as they deny it, they are at war, not with Afghanistan, Iraq, etc but with Islam. I can't help thinking though that they may have slightly underestimated that enemy...

Do I sound like a conspiracy theorist? The facts stated bluntly do seem that way, don't they?



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