There are people and organizations out there conveying selected information that influences your emotions, motives, objective reasoning, and ultimately your behavior. They want you to behave in ways that further their agenda. Some of these people and organizations seek to persuade you that all is lost, your leaders are idiots, we’re to blame and deserve to be hated, Iraq was better off under Saddam, we can learn to live with an Iranian bomb, one of the two major political parties in America likes war, sharia won’t be so bad, et cetera, et cetera ad nauseum. They want regime change in America and an end to resistance. They want you to agree with them, and recruit your friends to their way of thinking. They need you to vote appropriately.
There are people and organizations with different agendas in opposition to the above who seek to bolster your morale, explain to you how others are attempting to undermine it, demonstrate by example enthusiastic cheer-leading and expressions of gratitude and support for the minuscule proportion of the population actually engaged in this war, and persuade you not to quit sacrificing what little has been asked of you. They too, want regime change in America, but no earlier than January 20, 2009, and continued escalation of resistance. They too, want you to agree with them, and recruit your friends to their way of thinking. They too need you to vote appropriately.
Ron Silver has an excellent blog entry on Fear, all of which you should read, but the best of which I’ll tease you with:
Indeed we now all have reason to be afraid. But apparently we’re afraid of different things. Some factions are less concerned with the folks who have declared war on us and who are determined to kill us, our children and our civilization. These factions have chosen our elected government, chosen by us to secure and defend us, to be their adversary.
The critics of our national security policies know we have the means to sort things out in finding the proper balance between civil liberties and security. What they haven’t figured out is how to deal with the real enemy so they avoid talking about it. They don’t like what we’re doing but they offer nothing else. I believe they’re afraid to take on our real adversaries.
In fact we are not afraid enough. Perhaps after losing Seattle, San Francisco, Chicago or Atlanta a great many of our citizens will realize that George Bush was not the person to be afraid of.
Be reasonably afraid. Be very reasonably afraid. And act accordingly.
Some excellent comments over on that thread.