Why is it that the American people bounce from one dire fear to another with the sheer velocity of a steel marble in a pinball machine? Our neighbors (not you and me, right?) spend their lives encased in an amniotic sack of terror. Be it commies, or drug-crazed hippies, or psycho-veterans home from ‘Nam, or China, or Iraq or Ebola or you name it – we always seem to be facing “the greatest threat ever” to our existence.
Remember the hysteria over Ebola Fever? Two people contracted that in America last summer. Two. People feared elevators, subways, theaters, SNEEZES… and today people STILL fear Ebola Fever. When that peaked… right on cue, came ISIS: “Americans believe that Isis poses the most serious threat to the United States in the next decade, according to a poll,” says the story. Last year almost nobody in the country even heard of ISIS. President Obama publicly dismissed them as the “Junior Varsity” of threats. But then along came the military industrial complex’s fear machine and now ISIS has replaced Ebola Fever as the greatest threat EVER to Americans. Even though ISIS has no interest in coming here, has no air force to get it here, and is getting its ass kicked around the middle east, America stands poised to go to war against them. Why? Because people are afraid. Just like the commies scared their parents and grandparents, Americans now fear, dread, and cower at the thought of ISIS. Home of he Brave? Yeah, right. This is the pattern. Something you never heard of before suddenly pops up as our greatest threat. And, well, does “Hook, Line, and Sinker” ring a bell? Behold the hysteria:
Combining two sets of fear tactics, Congressman Michael McCaul, chair of the Homeland Security Committee, said that ISIS is the “greatest national security threat since 9/11.”
Mike Rogers, chair of the Intelligence Committee, said ISIS, “has the capability to tap people with Western passports to send them back to Europe and the United States for terrorist activity…” adding “This is as dangerous as it gets.”
Senator Lindsey Graham said about the president, “I’m disappointed in the commander in chief for not addressing the threat that ISIL presents to the United States.” Of course to Graham everything that casts a shadow on his closet door is a threat. But you see how it works? Today, FEAR is the life-blood of American politics. It is how people are controlled.
NEXT BIG THREAT
Eventually all the manufactured fears fade away, as evanescent as the bubbles in a bottle of cheap domestic champagne. Then out of nowhere, seemingly without warning, comes the Next Big Threat – and off we go again! So, what is poised to be the next threat? By next summer the next threat, I predict, will meld several old threats: Communism. Cuba. AIDS. Just as America stands ready to end the senseless and anachronistic embargo inflicted upon the teeny island of Cuba, we get THE CUBAN AIDS SUPERBUG!
“Aggressive form of HIV uncovered in Cuba: HIV to AIDS in three years”
That’s what the article screams. And it is picking up steam, sure to become the newest, latest, biggest single-biggest threat to America we have ever seen. And it will happen just in time to scare people away from that Cuban vacation so long denied the denizens of The Land of The Free. Just watch. It will be the terror of the Summer of 2015. And then it will morph into an actual war-threat: Commies from Cuba paid by ISIS will sneak across he borders on tippy-toes as they start a campaign of bedding down our wholesome American virgins. And what will Lindsey Graham say: “WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE.” Right on cue.
SO WHAT SHOULD WE FEAR?
Fear seems to be a deep-seated need in humans. Our senses developed to notice sudden moves that could be deadly predators. Like saber-toothed tigers. So we once needed these fears to stay alive. We spend fortunes on scary movies and scary rides in “amusement” parks. Those who whip up fake fears know this and use it to control us. When we fear we don’t think. We get into fight/flight. And i goes without saying that the last thing most politicians want is a public that thinks. So they manufacture fears.
So to feed the need for fear, and to “vaccinate” you against the parade of faux fears which will certainly continue unabated, I herewith give you a real fear, free of charge. If you crave something to be afraid of, try this out for size: As I have watched the fears come and go over the decades, I have often wondered why people fail to recognize the real threats. Why do they fear something like Ebola, which has killed one person here (and he contracted it elsewhere) or the Soviet Union – yet they do not fear the biggest killer in all human history. In a nutshell: WHY DON’T AMERICANS FEAR DRIVING?
The latest numbers show that traffic “accidents” kill 92 Americans PER DAY. We have a staggering 11,000,000 traffic accidents per year. We’re talking 32,000 accidents PER DAY. Yet who thinks twice about pulling into traffic? Last year people were terrified to get into an elevator, lest they contract Ebola Fever – which was an impossibility. Remember, only two people contracted the disease in America, and both were healthcare workers who tended people who had the illness. Both survived. Yet people panicked and – based on nothing but fear – decided that the risk of getting Ebola Fever in a commuter train was so terrifying that they DROVE THEIR CARS INSTEAD, which is demonstrably a HUGE risk to life and limb. Hell, damn near everyone knows someone who was killed or injured by a car. I have known several – including a tailor who was crushed when a car crashed through the wall of the building in which she sat sewing. So why don’t people fear the REAL threat, traffic? Because to fear traffic would impoverish too many rich people. So we are sold cars as a) giving us freedom and b) giving us love. Look at the way cars are advertised. Cars crush people, operating them enrages people, they pollute the air, the fuel they burn causes international wars, and people go into massive debt just to own one when most people do not even need one. Millions of people each day clog the roads with cars schlepping one person from here to there. And nearly 100 a day, every day, will die because of them. But we don’t fear them. Does this make sense?
Of course not! Yet the fact remains that irrational fears come and go, driven by a media that exists and thrives on selling these fears. But we never get drilled in fearing cars. Car sales run the economy. Their ads contribute billions to the corporate media. Over $665 per car is spent on advertising. Through ads, car driving gives the illusion of freedom even though THEY ARE THE BIGGEST DAILY THREAT WE FACE. And we face this threat without a second thought. Think about that, and ask yourself why we fear something that is no threat to us, like Ebola or ISIS or Iran, yet we give no thought to the biggest threat we face every single day. Who is doing this to you and why do they do it?
FREE YOURSELF FROM FEAR
Whipping up fear to manipulate people, and milk them for all they are worth, is nothing new. It was the basis of the “lighthearted” show The Music Man. I often point out one show stopping number from that show to illustrate all we need to know about politics today. Take 4 minutes to see how it works:
LISTEN: You do not need to live in a state of fear, and certainly not a series of never-ending fears instilled in you by people who will profit from that fear, as we saw in that movie clip. Learn how to break the shackles of fear. Almost 100 years ago, in 1919 during the time of the Bolshevik Panic that swept America, a book appeared. UNMASKING FEAR details the grip in which fear holds us and what we can do about it. History shows us that FEAR is still a prime method of control. If you suddenly fear something that you never heard of, ask yourself why? How did you come to fear this? Who told you to? What is in it for them? And read this book. I wrote the new introduction which puts it into historical context. As we go from fear to fear every few months, who can people be expected to relax and dwell on the historical precedents from 100 years ago? If you have had enough… If you don’t want to be victimized by an unending stream of irrational fears, this is the book for you. One warning: Don’t let anyone scare you away from this book. They try. Don’t let them succeed. Click the image to get a copy of this small, yet liberating volume.