Fear itself

I was tossing and turning last night, considering the apparently awful prospect of the latest incarnation of Republican presidents. Throwing out millions of people, building walls, leaving Nato,… Why does the fear level ratchet up across the world when the Republicans take over?

I remember so well the Reagan characterisation of  the ‘evil empire’ of the USSR, the fear of nuclear annihilation with all those provocative missiles being stationed in Western Europe, and the Bush 2 characterisation of the ‘axis of evil’, the Iraq war justified on totally spurious grounds, with consequences still being dealt with today.

This appears to stem from a shallowness of thinking that sees the world in ‘black and white’ and tribal terms: Bush 2 “You’re either with us or against us”. That campaigns to appeal to the lowest instincts of the electorate, the fear of the other – the immigrant, the evil ones. That tells barefaced lies in order to get elected, and will not face voters with real truths of a situation.

This is a politics of fear that creates fear across the world.

It was one of the great positive presidents, FD Roosevelt, who gave us the great phrase

‘the only thing we have to fear is fear itself’.

We must not give in to these fears, but live in hope, fight to keep the things that are really important, face down the bullies and bigots that appear when their base instincts are encouraged…

Featured image is of FDR himself

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2 thoughts on “Fear itself

  1. Couldn’t agree more. We might think or feel we are powerless in the face of this juggernaut of divisive bigotry, but we empower ourselves if we have the courage to speak out. Not always easy to do this. Expect to be slapped down, pooh-poohed or be confronted by sheer denial that anything is wrong with your opposite point of view. But don’t give in to the fear.

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  2. I read as little as I can about the Donald, it’s so disheartening: but I am now seeing rumors that he is toning down his firm jello-like stance on immigration, the wall, and a few other things. One thing we all have to cling to with Trump; he’s like New England weather. Don’t like the weather? wait a minute, it’ll change to something else.

    The Donald is a crowd reader, a crowd pleaser. It’s what makes him so effective as a speaker. It’s also what makes him so scary as President. I’ve managed to put most of politics on hold, mentally, I was never politically oriented, so as far as Im concerned right now, there’s not a damn thing I can do except stock up on canned soup and hope the lights don’t go out.

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