WASHINGTON, July 29, 2016 — Dressed in white and descending on her convention like an angel of light, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton told Americans they have nothing to fear but fear itself.
We heard Donald Trump’s answer last week at his convention. He wants to divide us from the rest of the world, and from each other… He wants us to fear the future and fear each other.
Fear, of course, is natural. Fear is healthy. Fear is a survival mechanism that, if you believe in Darwin’s theory of evolution, aided our ability to adapt to an ever-changing environment and to advance as a species.
If you believe in the Bible, then “fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.”
Fear prompts us to wear seat-belts and motorcycle helmets, buy life insurance, deposit money in federally insured bank accounts and keep a loaded firearm in the top drawer of the bedroom nightstand.
Fear keeps us from walking into narrow alleyways after dark and from petting strange Rottweilers.
And what’s true in life is true in politics.
Unquestioning trust is the hallmark of rubes and bumpkins; the gullible chumps who fall off turnip trucks. Like the people that believed the man who put the best health care system on Earth in the hands of incompetent government. The one who said, “If you like your current health care plan, you can keep it.”
Unquestioning, trusting and fearless rubes said, “Okay, sure.”
When the same man was asked by the New Yorker’s David Remnick if ISIS posed a threat to the West, he responded,
I think there is a distinction between the capacity and reach of a bin Laden and a network that is actively planning major terrorist plots against the homeland versus jihadists who are engaged in various local power struggles and disputes, often sectarian.
He added it was ridiculous that anyone should fear what was, for all intents and purposes, a “jayvee team.”
As we now know, the team wearing the ISIS jersey is on a murderous rampage from France’s Normandy coast to California’s sunny San Bernardino.
“I will present the facts plainly and honestly,” said Donald Trump on accepting the Republican Party’s nomination for president. “We cannot afford to be so politically correct anymore.”
He read from a long list of politically incorrect truths:
- “Homicides last year increased by 17 percent in America’s 50 largest cities.”
- “The number of police officers killed in the line of duty has risen by almost 50 percent.”
- “Nearly 180,000 illegal immigrants with criminal records, ordered deported from our country, are tonight roaming free to threaten peaceful citizens.”
- “The number of new illegal immigrant families who have cross the border so far this year already exceeds the entire total from 2015. They are being released by the tens of thousands into our communities with no regard for the impact on public safety or resources.”
- “Household incomes are down more than $4,000 since the year 2000.”
- “President Obama has doubled our national debt to more than $19 trillion, and growing.”
- “Iran is on the path to nuclear weapons. Syria is engulfed in a civil war and a refugee crisis that now threatens the West. After 15 years of wars in the Middle East, after trillions of dollars spent and thousands of lives lost, the situation is worse than it has ever been before.”
- This is the legacy of Hillary Clinton: death, destruction and weakness.
Even the New York Times acknowledged that former president Bill Clinton and the foundation that bears the family name shared $250 million in Russian financial contributions after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton allowed the sale of a substantial share of America’s uranium mines to a Russian conglomerate.
“Few could have imagined in the past that we would own 20 percent of the U.S. [uranium] reserves,” Sergei Kiriyenko, head of Russia’s atomic energy agency, boasted to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Just in passing, the Chapman University “Survey of American Fears” finds that chief among the concerns of our fellow countrymen is “corruption of government officials.”
Thursday evening in Philadelphia, Hillary Clinton acknowledged that she and Obama’s disastrous handling of events over the past eight years has brought the nation “once again at a moment of reckoning.” That the country’s “bonds of trust and respect are fraying.”
Then, ironically, she asked Americans to put aside their fears and trust her. “Strength relies on smarts, judgement, cool resolve, and the precise and strategic application of power,” said Hillary.
Last January, a once trusting Juanita Broaddrick tweeted, “I was 35 years old when Bill Clinton … raped me and Hillary tried to silence me. I am now 73 … it never goes away.”
And, apparently, neither does Hillary Clinton nor her insatiable lust for power.
Be afraid. Be very afraid. It’s the beginning of wisdom.