Fear and Voting in Las Americas

Fear mongering is hardly something new in American Politics.  However as we get closer and closer to a possible War with Iran, we need to take a step back and look at our motivations.  Sure, fear is an awful thing that makes us easier to manipulate on election day.  However it also makes it easier for us to accept when the government lies and bullies its way into war.  They are just trying to protect us, after all.

“Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” – Benjamin Franklin

In essence when we give into political arguments that appeal directly to fear, we are leaving the home of the brave and entering a cowardly world filled with authoritarianism, might makes right, and every bit of tyranny the good people of this country have fought against for centuries.

As Americans we are so much more than a nation of fight or flight automatons.  We are a nation of thoughts, debate, innovation, bravery, and freedom.  This identity exists only in our actions, and only so long as our actions reflect these ideals.

We are the land of the free and the home of the brave only if we live up to those principles in practice.

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One Response

  1. Personally, I’m fine with being afraid of nearly everything. A healthy fear of heights doesn’t keep me from going up high–it just makes me take a step back before I get too close to the edge of the cliff.

    Still, you are right. Relying on fear instead of reason is what gets us into war, not out of it. Somehow, I think that getting out of war is the end goal, but who knows. Some people really like to kill each other.

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