It’s another politically themed post, again, if it’s not your thing simply move along. As the election gets closer, these may be increasing.
“We have nothing to fear but fear itself” – Franklin Roosevelt
FDR’s famous quote is wholly accurate today. Much of what we see and hear in the media and our leaders is predicated on fear. We are told of horrible atrocities that happen every day all over the world. Many have a lot to gain by us living our lives in fear.
I refuse to live my life ruled by fear. I refuse to live in a world where I feel I need a gun to go to the grocery store. I refuse to live in a world where I feel afraid of Muslims and other minorities.
Our world is safer than it has ever been. Crime is down across the country and has been on the decline for decades. Yes, crime still happens and yes horrible things still happen all over the world, but on the whole, the world is a safer place.
One thing that does scare me is a Donald Trump presidency. He and his campaign surrogates want us to be afraid. Their business is to make us afraid of Mexicans, Muslims, and other minorities. He wants us to build a wall, to ban all Muslims coming to the country. This is not the country that I grew up in. These are not the ideals of our founding fathers. This is not the great melting pot.
“Fear attracts the fearful.
Fear is my ally.” – Darth Maul
When we are afraid, when we are told that things are so bad, that we need security and a protector. We will give up many of our freedoms in the name of security, and once those things are gone, they will never come back.