i think that i am seeing my previous post very differently than many other folks who read here. i am not saying that that is a bad thing- everyone sees life differently. i am 35 years old and have never heard or felt the level of fear that i see in this country now. perhaps it was better hidden. i don't remember carter using fear to send troops to rescue the hostages in iran. i remember him looking sad and worried on the news. of course i was like 8 at the time. i don't remember any greater level of fear during reagan's tenure. no more so than any other part of the cold war. in fact, most folks felt safer overall- in spite of his domestic program. bush 1 simply said we had to go and save the innocent kuwaitis- nothing about saddam or anyone coming here to lay waste to our land. clinton had the most 'terrorist' attacks that i can remember- world trade, oklahoma city, uss cole- not once do i remember ever thinking that they would come here. never once did fear grip the nation. people mourned but he didn't fearmonger. so- i wanted to put things into my perspective i suppose. yes, what happened was horrible. watching it unfold was horrible. more folks die every day than died in the world trade- and more folks have died in plane crashes lately due to pilot error and malfunction. i guess i am wondering- why- overall- as a nation that we are so afraid.
i think that altemeyer answered my question. there are many folks in this country who fear change. they fear getting older- which much of the population is doing en masse- they fear technology, they fear young people and those 'awful rap listeners and skate boarders'- they fear loss of control. well, i doubt that they will work through that in time for the next 2 elections. we have to get a progressive , anti fear movement going and it is imperative to get these folks out of office. i have nothing against 'classic conservatives'- but these folks ain't it.