A strengthening discussion is occurring that American may be “overly afraid” of terrorism. The feeling is that one must be afraid of something to want to be rid of it.
This is absurd.
Liberals often ask Conservatives – rhetorically, of course, as Conservative answers never are listened to by liberals – what they are “afraid of” in areas of Affirmative Action, Open Borders, whatever “Multiculturalism” is, and now – Islamic terrorism.
Believe it or not, one can wish to be rid of something and not be afraid of it. Fleas. Liberals. Preferences for education and employment based on what sociologists call “primary characteristics” (skin color, gender, etc.) Islamic Fundamentalists/Terrorists. Rabid dogs.
If I were not a parent I’d still want to be rid of pedophiles, for example, but I certainly wouldn’t be afraid of them.
Wishing to be rid of something, whether ridiculously high taxes, or unionized teachers ensuring an ignorant voter franchise, or the Far Right wing of the GOP extolling the obvious oxymoron of “Creation Science,” or Baby Boomers holding public office, is not in any way correlated to being afraid of the things one wishes didn’t exist.
Am I afraid of Islamic terrorism? Not yet. Will I be if a Democrat is elected President and immediately demonstrates (rather than just bloviating about it) their total lack of knowledge of the way the world works? A bit more, perhaps.
Fear, however, is not a particularly useful emotion in day-to-day life in America. Am I afraid for the future of America once Europe has Islamified, our largest trading partners live under Sharia and don’t trade with us any longer, tanking our economy and limiting our future in an extraordinary way?
Concerned, yes, but not afraid.
It is ridiculous to put up with arguments waged on feelings, yet that is what half of the American electorate thrives on. It is absurd to whine and fear things over which one has little-to-no control, like Europeans not having kids and willingly turning over the birthplace of the Enlightenment to 7th-Century tribal idiots.
Am I afraid of liberals rabidly yammering about only the bad news in America and around the world and putting everything, even what they make up, in the worst possible light for America, thereby demonstrating their total ignorance of reality and history and their own country, to the only people obviously still able to do anything about anything, from Kosovo to Tsunamis, i.e. Americans?
No. But they make me itch and, like fleas, I just wish they’d go away.