"It is when power is wedded to chronic fear that it becomes formidable."
Eric Hoffer
(1902-1983) American author, philosopher, awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom
The Passionate State of Mind, 1954
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good observation
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    ... and fear is what the right preaches each day!
     -- Anonymous, Reston, VA, US     
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    Governments keep the citizens in fear of something all the time which makes it easier to rob them of their constitutional rights. Some fear is very rational, such as walking around in poisonous snake country or watching Obama, Pelosi,Reid, Frank, and the rest of the gang in action.
     -- jim k, Austin,Tx     
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    And fear becomes hatred...which is where we are going today. And poor Reston, so caught up in the left/right paradigm. Poor thing can't see that it's been "every" administration for decades and both sides are doing their part. Sad to be so tunnel visioned.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    and nationalism!!!!!!!
     -- RBESRQ     
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    Sadly, it is far easier to control the hearts and minds of the people through tactics of fear and anger, than through messages of Hope and peaceful solution... Thus the proliferation of the fear based ideologies of conservative America..
     -- Alex, Los Angeles     
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    The antidote for fear is courage.

    Our leaders lack courage and integrity. We need new leadership from top to bottom.

    Semper Fi.
     -- Bruski, Naples     
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    "We have nothing to fear but fear itself;" FDR, I think .. or maybe ... the British equivalent, Sir Churchill.
     -- Bobble, No. Ferrisburgh, VT     
    Fear Never climbs the Mountain or Storms the Beach ! The Awakening instills Strength and Power, Stand Strong, this by the Eternal Spirit of Liberty and Freedom. We are Endowed by our Creator !!
     -- Ronw13, Yachats OR     
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    Fear is the underlying message of Statism to the people, whether coming from the left or right. 'Be afraid, be very afraid, but trust your government, we are here to help. If you have nothing to hide then let us do our job -- bend over, you may trust us, but we do not trust you -- we have to check to make sure you are not hiding anything that may be dangerous to you...' Americans are being broadcast false flag after false flag -- it is obviously easy to do and must be working because these events are becoming more and more frequent, even though many of the actors are caught on tape. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain...
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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     -- Mary, MI      
     -- jim k, Austin      
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