During the political season, the fundamental lack of rationality and intellectual ability rears its ugly head. Americans are blinded by fear.
They fear what they do not understand and are unwilling to make any effort to do so. Fear mongering works.
Politicians know this. They understand that if they can find the voters’ deepest darkest fears and play to it, they win. The media, motivated by market share, provides the platform. They are the method to the fear monger’s madness.
They understand if they portray themselves as the one thing standing between America and what it fears most, they win.
Just like the pathetic post 9-11 chant, if we don’t destroy them the terrorists win.
This fear mongering is non-denominational. Trump paints the world, immigrants, Muslims, Democrats as an evil that is infecting America.
Clinton portrays Trump as an inarticulate bigot with delusions of grandeur.
Each play to the fears of supporters casting the other as the greatest threat to this country. The issues, the problems, the things that do matter are ignored so the candidates can say “boo” to scare America.
Fear mongering is not limited to politicians. Religions have used fear of the after-life as a recruiting tool since the first human thought praying to an invisible god would make thunder go away.
The simple fact of the matter is fear works because it’s simple, easy, and universal. The real threat to this country is ignorance and a systemic unwillingness to do anything about it.
Bernie Sanders, it could be argued, didn’t play to fear he played to compassion. He played to thoughtful analysis of the fundamental issues plaguing this country. He played to those willing to think about the problems and find an intelligent solution.
He played against fear and lost.
The system is entrenched and resilient. It uses fear to ensure its continuity. Until Americans wake up. Until Americans regain the motivation to do the right thing not because it is easy but because it is hard. Until this nation responds to issues with rationality and intelligence, not fear and primal survival instinct, we can expect nothing to change.
Turn off the TV. Try thinking for yourself instead of regurgitating the talking head nonsense of people paid to generate interest not inform America. Don’t let the media infect you with the opiate of fear.
Think for a change.
What should frighten us is that this year’s Presidential election comes down to two versions of the same story. That is frightening.