The fear factor

The fear factor

As New York City mourns after a deadly terrorist attack, Moron Hitler has returned to his bread and butter, stoking fear and animus. Noted professor Igor Volsky sums it up beautifully in one tweet.

It shouldn't be surprising that the right is wetting its panties. It's been conditioned to both fear and use fear in pursuit of domination. They fear as much as they try to instill fear, as if they get high on their own supply. If you spend decades stoking fear among the gullible, eventually you imbibe that fear yourself. When people say that rightists are being cynical in their exploitation of fear, they're wrong: they feel that fear in their very bones, which is why they can propound it so effectively.

This strain of fear of the Other has been a constant in American history, from slavery through mass immigration. It's gone into warp speed as white America sees its power about to be overcome by a browner commonwealth. Incidents like yesterday's terror attack serve as a speed ampule, giving them a jolt of energy for nativist revanchism. But as with any drug, you need higher and higher doses just to get the same effect.

Now Moron Hitler, who did nothing after hundreds of American citizens were brutally murdered and wounded in Las Vegas, wants to end the immigration lottery and switch to a "merit-based" system. And you know who'll have merit, don't you? (Oh, a few brown people might get in if they have enough money.) As the walls close in around him, stoking fear is the only card he has.

According to a poll conducted by the American Psychological Association, 59% of Americans rate these times as the lowest point in US history. Lower than the Depression. Lower than the Civil War. And 63% fear for the future of the country. All that Moron Hitler will do with his fear-mongering is drive those numbers higher. Which, of course, is the whole point.

As hard as it is, it's the job of the Resistance to keep hope alive. Ennui and despair are the goals of the Trumpists. We have to keep hitting home that our fates are in our hands, not those of a cabal of evil. It sometimes seems impossible. But it's what must be done.



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