Wednesday, March 1, 2017

"Despite Trump's "Presidential" Manner, At Bottom He Wants You To Be Abjectly Afraid," WAPO

"Despite Trump's "Presidential" Manner, 
He Still Wants You To Be Very, Very Afraid" 
Washington Post

Alan: Scientific research confirms the commonplace observation that conservatives are more fearful than liberals.

"Conservatives Scare More Easily Than Liberals"

Of course, it can be argued that relatively more reactionary/reflexive fearfulness is "better" than relatively less.

What cannot be argued is that conservatives who consider themselves "Christians" prioritize fear over love, which in terms of The New Testament is a scriptural absurdity. 

It is my belief that "Christian" "conservatives" assert their formulary Christianity so forcefully because 1.) they are trying to convert themselves by emphatic assertion of their professed-but-shakey beliefs, and 2.) they want their own "evangelical noise" to drown the "whispering voice within" telling them they're "doing it wrong."

Nowhere does Yeshua monger - or even validate - fear, although he does exhort followers to "Love your enemies. Do good to those who hate you. Pray for those who persecute you." 

It is fair to say that conservative Christians are primarily motivated by fear; fear of "eternal damnation" in their spiritual lives, and fear of terrestrial enemies in their political lives. 

Ponder the two biggest wars Uncle Sam has fought in my lifetime - Vietnam and Iraq. 

In both cases, it is widely agreed -- except by "the most fearful" -- that these wars were fought for trumped-up reasons -- The Domino Theory and Saddam's alleged possession of weapons of mass destruction.  

The elephant in the room is that the net effect of both wars was hugely detrimental - catastrophic.

Without probing 3 million dead in Vietnam and perhaps another million in Iraq, the former "conflict" provoked abiding disillusionment and cynicism in the United States, while Iraq destabilized the entire Middle East, if not the entire world. 

Lamentably, "good reason" means nothing to "scaredy cats." 

They are driven by their viscera as surely as Trump is driven to grab pussy.

Consider Trump's determination to increase the defense budget by 54 billion dollars, paying for it by degrading other federal agencies.

Since the United States already spends more on defense than the next 7 (seven) countries combined --- China, Saudi Arabia, Russia, India, United Kingdom, France and Japan --- what possible difference does a 10% hike in the Defense budget make?

The "difference" is this.

"Conservatives" are frightened people. 

They are frightened that taxes steal their money. 

They are frightened that terrorists will kill their children (even though toddlers use guns to kill more Americans than terrorists do). 

Pax on both houses: Toddlers Kill More Americans Than Terrorists ...

Mar 15, 2016 - Publicly Pro-Gun Mom Shot In Back By 4 Year Old Son.

Pax on both houses: Americans Are 9 Times More Likely To Be Killed ...

Dec 21, 2014 - “Since 9/11, foreign-inspired terrorism has claimed about two dozen lives in the United ... Around 35,000 Americans kill themselves each year (and more ... has infected about 22.5 percent of Americans older than 12 years old.
Continuing the litany...

"Conservatives" are frightened that illegal immigrants will steal their jobs. 

They are frightened that dark-skinned people will rape fair-skinned women.

They are frightened that abating global warming will impoverish them. 

The list goes on. 

Yet there is no statistical validity in any of this, just anecdotes, conspiracy theories (increasingly popular on the right") and a diabolical FEAR that freezes their hearts and paralyzes their lives, making them wrathful, small-minded, malicious people who take cold comfort in self-terrorization. 

Who needs ISIS to terrorize America when cowering Americans, digging their trenches ever deeper, are incomparably capable of terrorizing themselves.

Best Pax Posts: Self-Terrorization Is The National Pastime

Once the human heart is seized by terror, fear swells without limit, and overcome by irrational terror, "the self-terrorized" believe that any-and-every hike in the defense budget will make them that much safer when it is their own unhinged
 conviction of enhanced safety that promotes the pall of fear that is The Real Enemy

"There is no fear in love. 
But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. 
The one who fears is not made perfect in love."
1 John 4:18

Where are biblical literalists when they could be of some use?

"Any Religion That Needs Fear To Thrive 
Is Bad Religion"

"Bad Religion: A Compendium"

Yeshua Excoriates Fellow Pharisees: "The Woe Passages"

"Twelve Steps For The Recovering Pharisee (Like Me)" By John Fischer

"Love Your Enemies. Do Good To Those Who Hate You," Luke 6: 27-42

"Do You Know What You're Doing To Me?"
Jesus of Nazareth

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