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Foolish Fear

Two years from now, terrorists under the banner of the “Progressive Restoration” will take over Manhattan in a larger attempt to overthrow the government. Thirteen years later, President Chelsea Clinton and Vice President Michael Moore will haul out the good White House china for Osama bin Laden’s state visit.
By fiddling with your radio, you may be able to catch an underground broadcast by Sean Hannity. If you own a radio, that is; folks living in states that are under Sharia law won't even be that lucky.


According to David Weigel, these are some of the events taken from current science fiction stories. Evidently, the fearmongers amongst us have managed to spread fear all over the place. They started with the "war on terror," "al Qaeda" and "Osama bin Laden," proceeded to "Saddam Hussein" and the "Iraq War," and are now building a feverish fear about "Ahmadinejad" and "Iran."

The fearmongers did such a great job, fear prevails in the escape stories we abosrb.

Still the enthusiasm for war is waning. So the Pentagon comes up with a new bugaboo: Muqtada al-Sadr. The Pentagon says that the big troublemaker in Iraq is this guy, that he is a bigger threat than al-Qaeda. Imagine that: more fearful than al-Qaeda. You MUST be afraid!

For the last 6 years we tended to think of the country as polarized between the Right and the Left. We have been mistaken. The country has been polarized between those who were filled with fear and those who were filled with hope.

The fearful ones favored doing everything to make themselves secure - even at the expense of reducing civil liberties, closing our society, alienating our allies and spending trillions of dollars on military adventures. None of this has anything to do with conservatism. It is nothing but dreadful fear.

The hopeful ones were against the Iraq War and favored diplomacy over militarism. They cherished our civil liberties as the bulwark of our nation, wanted to keep our society open and strongly favored working with our allies to fight al-Qaeda. None of this has anything to do with liberalism.

The hopeful ones were swamped by the fearmongers. But on Election Day, the people burst the dam of fear and began enjoying the cool waters of hope.

What a change in outlook. Now we see that the Constitution is a declaration of hope, that our greatest ideals of freedom are based on hope, that the best form of security is achieved through hope. Hope leads to optimism, the major characteristic of Americans.

Optimism and hope - that's us. Not pessimism and fear. This is clearly demonstrated by taking a trip, as my wife and I did, to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Getting in an out of the airport is no fun. You must arrive a few hours early, wait on line, get your baggage inspected, yourself looked over and endure a tough overall procedure. No fun at all. This is the part driven by pessimism and fear.

However, in Puerto Vallarta, we were able to relax, visit with our son, talk to strangers without worry, and enjoy the beach, the fascinating "malacon" (boardwalk), the swimming pool, the restaurants and other events. Yes, it was tough at the airports, but it was worth it for the fun we experienced.

Fear spoils everything. You can't think straight. You have difficulty accomplishing your goals. You will become more and more despondent, more and more despairing. Chuck it all in favor of hope.

The 6 years of foolish fear are over. The hopeful leaders, not the fearful ones, are in charge.

Posted by Paul Siegel at December 19, 2006 5:50 PM
Comments
Comment #199854

So those who do not agree with you are “fools”, “fearr mongers”, “alienating”, “closing our society” (code for being against ILLEGAL immigration?, and “not conservative at all”.

When I first published here I was warned about the high level of intellectuall discussion this board adheres to. Now I see what that means. Smear, slander, and demean those who do not agree with the radical left wing.

And who brings us this new ray of hope? Harry Ried, a man who took all that Abramoff money and declared he would give none back? Who took over a million on that property deal in Vegas where some lawyer used his name to get a zoning board to reverse itself? Whoes children are lobbiests?

This corrupt left-wing “leadership” is our salvation from all the “evil ones” who are not democrats?

Posted by: stephen L at December 19, 2006 8:59 PM
Comment #199870

Choose your poison, I suppose.

A piece of conservative science fiction or a thousand examples just like it from the left. Guess you’ve never heard of movies like “Day after Tomorrow,” or “A Handmaid’s Tale.” No fear behind those. Nope. Just the fresh air of optimism and the “cool waters of hope.”

Come to think of it, your care free beach time in Puerto Vallarta is a lot like what those 183 people in Bali were enjoying a few years ago… that is, before they were massacred by Islamic terrorists.

Seems like you could enjoy your time at the beach without putting your head in the sand.

Posted by: Loyal Opposition at December 19, 2006 11:08 PM
Comment #199882

Paul,

I’m glad you enjoyed yourself, but now you need to get both feet back on the ground. We’re losing the war on terror, and the war on drugs, and the war on poverty, and ……………….

Oh, but we’ve made some headway in the war on the constitution!

Posted by: KansasDem at December 20, 2006 12:54 AM
Comment #199886

Good article, Paul. I’m constantly amazed at how many Americans are afraid. They’re afraid to travel outside the country, they’re afraid of getting blown up by terrorists, they’re afraid of foreigners.

At what point did Americans become such big pussies? Terrorists aren’t going to destroy America. Americans are going to do it themselves because they’re afraid.

Posted by: American Pundit at December 20, 2006 1:11 AM
Comment #199889

Actually, when I board an airplane and go through security (as I often do), both in and out of the US, I’m not thinking at all that a fellow passenger might try to “destroy America.”

Frankly, I and all the rest of the people on the plane could be killed and America would be just fine.

Would you walk alone through a bad of town at night flashing $100 bills because you’re secure in the knowledge that if you’re beaten and robbed, at least your mugger isn’t “destroying America?” If not, the same level of common sense should be applied to air travel.

Some of you are making a ridiculous point in your compalints about security on airplanes in airports.

If Americans are “pussies” in this regard, let me tell you. A lot of countries are WAY more strict and intrusive in their searches than Americans are. In fact, I’d say that American airport security is something of a joke—all for show.

Travel to Asia or the Middle East and then tell me that Americans are “pussies” because they take airport security too seriously. After 9-11, this idea that this is all some imaginary threat is absolutely absurd.

Posted by: Loyal Opposition at December 20, 2006 2:15 AM
Comment #199890

On another note, I’m happy to see that you left-wingers enjoy wastefully and unneccessarily propelling yourself around the globe with fossil fuels as much as the rest of us. It’s a lot of fun for we decadent Western types to enjoy the fruits of captitalism in third world countries while the impoverished natives serve us drinks on the beach. Paul sure seems to enjoy it, I see. And even calls it optimism!

Fun to enjoy the spoils—isn’t it?—and to have the privilege to attack the system that makes those privileges possible at the same time!

Posted by: Loyal Opposition at December 20, 2006 2:20 AM
Comment #199926

At what point did Americans become such big “pussies?”

I’d say about the time we allowed the govt to use Columbine type fear to take away our 2nd Amendment rights.
Funny how taking away rights to prevent another act of war which kills thousands is bad but taking away rights to make some “feel” safer when they walk down a street is ok.

Loyal Op
“I’m happy to see that you left-wingers enjoy wastefully and unneccessarily propelling yourself around the globe with fossil fuels as much as the rest of us”

Pretty hypocritical isn’t it. I especially like it when people such as clooney, moore, kennedy etc… talk about nobody caring about the poor but yet they have million dollar homes, tons of cars, fly private jets and millions in the bank.
Or how people will complain about nothing being done to help those without, while they sip their $6 latte or sit on a tropical beach somewhere.

Its not about helping others, its about forcing others to do it so that you don’t have to.

Foolish fear?
Believing all hope is based on which party is in control is what is foolish.

We are going to see more of the same Paul. The only difference will be that you will now ignore, excuse or defend what you just spent the last 6 years condemning.

Posted by: kctim at December 20, 2006 11:29 AM
Comment #199942

Ok so Al Gore running around telling the world that it has 10 years to save itself, in his science fiction movie, is not geared to instill fear.

Posted by: Keith at December 20, 2006 1:35 PM
Comment #199947

Loyal Opposition-

The airline security is a joke. But we are not going to be any better off by having folks freak out every time a group of bearded muslims seem to be enjoying themselves on a plane, or every time an anti-american sentiment is expressed. Telling people to use their fears to be quasi-security agents is a recipe for disaster and waste. Can you imagine the FBI coming out and saying that a wanted criminal is on the loose, they don’t have any description, but can people please be on the lookout for suspicious behavoir? Its nuts, and would cause a national uproar and likely yiled zero results.

So why do we do this when it comes to terror? Do you honestly believe that another attack will be made by flying a plane into a building? People are savvy to that strategy now. It won’t happen again. Maybe we should instead come up with a common sense security plan which does not focus solely on passenger screening (meanwhile the guy checking the engine for $10/hr has free and unfettered access), and one which allows people to fly without being subjected to other people’s irrational fears (of which they have many). Leave security to security experts. Not politicians, industries, or the individuals themselves (unless as a literal last resort).

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: if I’m ever personally forced to de-board a plane and sit in an airport for several hours simply because some asshole couldn’t handle the presence of muslims, I will go out of my way to make life miserable for that presumptive moron. They had better have a damn good reason to suspect something concrete and verifiable…or else.

Kctim-

How in the world do two wrongs make a right? Just because some liberals use fear sometimes too doesn’t change the topic at hand. You are so focussed on attacking liberism that you miss the boat quite often.

Clooney, Jolie, etc. are actually taking the time to use their status to draw attention to stories that would otherwise be ignored by the MSM. How can anyone attack this and feel justified that they are serving the public good in doing so? So what that they don’t give up all their money. That would be stupid. Instead, they use their celebrity to raise far more money, but more imortantly awareness, than they personally could ever give. They contribute something even more valuable than money…time and effort.

Get your priorities straight and attack someone who actually deserves it. You blind hate for anyone who goes on TV for a human rights cause is astonishingly short-sighted. But then again, I’ve never once read a post from you that was well researched…so maybe its par for the course. And please don’t respond with more emotion and diatribe. I’m only reading rational, substantive and productive posts from this point on. I’d love to read one from you. But you’ll forgive me if I don’t hold my breath.

Posted by: Kevin23 at December 20, 2006 1:57 PM
Comment #199971

Kevin
Where did I say two wrongs make a right? Why should the people believe or support a party who claims to be the saviours of our rights when that same partys platform is all about taking away individual freedoms and rights and it just got done doing the same thing during the previous administration?
Are we to believe the left has had a change of heart and will now start respecting the Constitution? Or should we doubt them, based on previous experience, and make them earn our trust?

Holding the Bush administration responsible for its wrongs is fine but it does the country no good if you do not hold your own party to the same.

And I would hardly say that I “hate” anyone who goes on TV for a human rights cause. I do not know them so I cannot hate them.

What I said is that it is very hypocritcal for people to have millions of their own money doing nothing, while they sit around and complain about nothing being done to help the poor.
But their time and effort raises more than they ever could give? IF they really believe in what they say, why don’t they do both?
Moore says every American should pay at least 70 percent of their income to the govt to support what he says is the right thing to do. Do you think he pays 70 percent of his income to support what he says he believes in? Why then should he expect others to be forced to then?

“Get your priorities straight and attack someone who actually deserves it”

And by straight, you mean in line with how you think. Sorry, ain’t gonna happen.

“But then again, I’ve never once read a post from you that was well researched…….”

Somehow, I don’t think I will loose any sleep over all of that.

Posted by: kctim at December 20, 2006 4:56 PM
Comment #199978

yeah, kctim, that is about what I expected from you: A complete lack of will to see the point. Sorry, not going to play the overgeneralized blame game with you. It’s a fruitless endeavor…like the dog chasing his tail. Have fun. And who knows…maybe someone will find it entertaining. Me? I’d just assume find a real dog.

Posted by: Kevin23 at December 20, 2006 6:25 PM
Comment #199997
Travel to Asia or the Middle East and then tell me that Americans are “pussies” because they take airport security too seriously.

I lived and traveled in Asia for the last three years. They are smart about their security and very, very polite. They don’t waste time searching shoes or forbidding people from lining up for the toilet.

I always hated flying into or out of LAX, but flying into and out of Singapore, Tokyo, New Delhi, Bangkok, Cambodia, Indonesia and Beijing was a breeze.

And you have to experience the politeness respect flyers in Asia are given to really understand how bad US airports are.

The single biggest thing America can do for security is create an integrated terrorist watch list. Checking shoes, stealing our shampoo, banning butter knives and breaking up the line to the toilet is ineffective BS.

I’d say about the time we allowed the govt to use Columbine type fear to take away our 2nd Amendment rights.

kctim, this is kind of silly. Gun control hasn’t been an issue for more than a decade. The Democratic Party is now the party of preservig 2nd Amendment rights, and gun control advocate Rudi Guiliani is pretty lonely.

Posted by: American Pundit at December 20, 2006 8:28 PM
Comment #200015

AP,

Have you ever been given “the stare” by a customs agent in Narita? I never felt so naked in my entire life. Having decided I wasn’t a security threat to Japan afterall, he apologized for the 10 second delay then seemingly genuinely warmly welcomed me to Japan. Incheon on the other hand, makes Reagan look like an orgy.

Posted by: Dave1-20-2009 at December 20, 2006 11:30 PM
Comment #200037

AP
Does that mean that it didn’t happen or that we should just forget all about it? Should we also just forget all about what Bush has done to the 4th after a couple of years?
Isn’t it better to learn from history so that we do not repeat the same mistakes?

Posted by: kctim at December 21, 2006 9:26 AM
Comment #200058

Foolish fear??? I guess if a democrat is elected president we can put away our foolish fears and airports can go back to pre-9/11 security.

Posted by: Carnak at December 21, 2006 12:51 PM
Comment #200078

Carnak-

Statistics are pretty clear on this subject. You should specd a hell of a lot more time fearing death by car accident, virus, cancer, or natural disaters than you do in fearing a terrorist attack.

Wouldn’t you then have to call it a waste of time and energy for folks like you to be constantly trying to convince others that spending $400B to combat a threat that doesn’t even rank in the top 50 killers of US citizens? If you actually call what we have in the world today a good “security plan”, then I will call that foolish every time.

When someone still refuses to eat spinich because of the e. coli scare, we rightfully call the fear “foolish” because we know the statistics. Yet you can get away with advocating occupation of a bloody, foreign and sovereign nation simply because you fear a statistical outlier? Foolish.

Posted by: Kevin23 at December 21, 2006 2:06 PM
Comment #200107
Should we also just forget all about what Bush has done to the 4th after a couple of years?

If he stops doing it, sure. :)

Posted by: American Pundit at December 21, 2006 5:22 PM
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