America of Fear

Now, let’s say among those who are angry, worried, depressed, and suicidal over the state of the country, what kind of intelligence are we talking about here when you try to understand how you take that emotion that people have, the fright, the depression, the fear, and then vote for Obama?

The rational response to fear, in the political context, is to vote for someone reliable, dependable, someone with a record you know well – a steady hand at the tiller. That is your McCain voters.

The irrational response to fear is to pin all your hopes on a messiah figure who will make you feel better by soothing you with words of hope and promise and a bright future, but who more often than not turns out to be a charlatan. This is your Obama voters.

Personally, I predict that like the “progressive” tide in the early 20th century, “Obamania” will likewise be swept aside by history after failing miserably to live up to its expectations.

‘Poll: Americans angry, worried over state of nation’

“An equal portion of those polled said they are angry about the way things are going. Two-thirds of those questioned said they’re scared about the way things are going and three in four said the current conditions in the country are stressing them out.

“It’s scary how many Americans admit they are scared,” said Keating Holland, CNN’s polling director. “Americans tend to downplay the amount of fear they have when facing tough times. The fact that more than six in 10 say that they are scared shows how bad things are getting.” ”

21 August, 2008


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