This has been done before. It would not surprise us to learn that Donald Trump has been using the politics of fear most of his life. When he was in high school, he got his kicks by holding a neighborhood boy out of an upper story window by his feet and listening to him scream. No wonder he sat before his TV on January 6 and enjoyed the “show.” Republicans have been copying the ex-president’s politics — for money.
President Joe Biden announced he was putting some real teeth into his directives to move people toward the vaccines for COVID-19. He said that employers with a hundred+ employees must have them vaccinated or tested at least weekly if not more frequently.
That was when the Republicans jumped on the scary clown train to raise money on their voter’s fears just to finance their jobs that they have not been doing.
Joel Abrams wrote an interesting article on the Politics of Fear in The Conversation, which is an international nonprofit committed to “academic rigor, journalistic flair.”
‘To win us, politicians, sometimes with the media’s help, do their best to keep us separated, to keep the real or imaginary “others” just a “concept.” Because if we spend time with others, talk to them and eat with them, we will learn that they are like us: humans with all the strengths and weaknesses that we possess.’
Fortunately, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Congresswoman Liz Cheney (R-WY) have the moral fortitude and courage to carry out their jobs. The rest should be fired for dereliction of duty.
Kinzinger told host Margaret Brennan on CBS’s Face the Nation that some GOP governors have voiced support for vaccines but many turned to greed and power over protecting their voters:
‘[GOP governors] pushed aside by some of those that are out to simply manipulate our base, raise money off of them and not care about their life, only care about what it means for their votes and their bottom line as politicians.’
Kinzinger went right to the heart of the corrupted Republican-led party, making money by “playing on people’s fears.” Even worse, these politicians have often been the source of the fear they have often pressed against people’s carotid arteries:
‘Some Republicans in Congress were] putting out fundraising after fundraising email about first it’s going to be a vaccine mandate, next thing the Gestapo is going to show up at your door and take your Bible away.’
‘That’s not going to happen, and that’s playing on people’s fear.’
The president’s mandate could soon impact up to 100,000 people, most of them through the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Abrams continued saying the way our brains are wired, “fear oftentimes bypasses logic:”
‘We humans have different functions in the brain, and fear oftentimes bypasses logic. There are several reasons. One is that logic is slow; fear is fast. In situations of danger, we ought to be fast: First run or kill, then think.’
Kinzinger claimed that some of the GOP governors “have been cavalier” with their voters’ lives. He contended that President Biden “has a point:”
‘I think it’s gonna save lives and the failure here comes in leaders that have basically used vaccine status as some tattoo of what political tribe you belong to. I mean we all hear stories of people that are in, you know, very red areas that are embarrassed to say they’re vaccinated.’
‘That is insane and silly, and that is a problem with leaders, particularly Republican leaders, that don’t stand up and give cover to people and say look this is not what Republicanism or conservatism should be.’
Today GOP politicians and the ultra-conservative not-news media’s daily fare has been to manipulate people:
‘Politicians and the media very often use fear to circumvent our logic. I always say the U.S. media are disaster pornographers – they work too much on triggering their audiences’ emotions. They are kind of political reality shows, surprising to anyone from outside the U.S.’
He calls those politicians “demagogues” or master manipulators:
‘When demagogues manage to get hold of our fear circuitry, we often regress to illogical, tribal and aggressive human animals, becoming weapons ourselves – weapons that politicians use for their own agenda.’
Check out Kinzinger in action below:
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