Fear Mongering

President George W. Bush at the Cincinnati Museum Terminal, October 7, 2002, claiming Iraq had WMDs and Saddam was in partnership with al Qaeda
President George W. Bush at the Cincinnati Museum Terminal, October 7, 2002, falsely claiming Iraq had WMDs and that Saddam Hussein was in partnership with al Qaeda

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I’ve been wondering and worrying for many years about the enormous rise in worldwide fear and anger. The world seems so much more polarized today, more us-versus-them. What is driving that?

Today I got a piece of the answer via this essay on the Daily Kos. The short answer is that for years our government and political mouthpieces manipulated us by means of fear. They made sure we stayed scared by flashing in our faces the idiotic color-coded threat levels, by telling us to line our windows with duct tape and by warning us to scan airplanes for bad guys. And they did it with outright lies.

Fear mongering was and still is being used as a propaganda tool. And don’t think for a minute that you’re somehow immune to this sick use of power, because it doesn’t work that way.Goebbels

Just click through and read the essay. Do it now and you will understand. And you won’t like what you read because it is so – what’s the word? – Goebbels.

Be sure to give some thought to exactly who benefits from the fear mongering. It isn’t you.


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2 Responses to Fear Mongering
  1. Jim Altschuler Reply

    A sad commentary but, to the best of my knowledge, totally true. What is also sad is that people are gullible enough to accept this “bullying” tactic.

    WAKE UP, people.

  2. Joni Lindgren Reply

    Do you remember the daily postings of those color codes that signified the threat levels and being told that when you board an airplane, you were supposed to look around the plane to see if you could find a suspicious looking middle-eastern person? We were all on high-alert for suspicious people wherever we went from there on in. They did it well, didn’t they? Cheney has ties to Nazi Germany and “mind manipulation”.

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