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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Madam Presidents Cool Head

The perspective is that you have more chance of getting struck by lightning, falling and killing yourself in your bathroom, having an asteroid knock you out, getting run over in front of your home, dying in a plane crash, having a building fall on you, a tree fall on you, getting hit by a foul ball at a baseball game than you do  of dying from an act of terrorism. Yet we feel as if that bomb is just around the next corner. And The Donald and the The Ted both want us to feel that way.

Muslim bans and Muslim Patrols. But of course part of us wants these things. It is concrete action in a world of endless threat. And the media makes us think we are next. Hillary doesn't grab headlines with her lets approach this intelligently but really that is all we have. The Muslim Patrols wont work and banning everyone who looks like a Muslim wont work either. But both men are banking on the fear vote. It worked for George Bush.

The politics of fear are very real. That cow was milked for years after 9/11. The statistics don't matter. It is going to happen. It will happen. The Russians are coming. The Germans are coming. History is full of the machinations of fear for political ends. But the truth is we should really put up a lightning rod, an extra rubber mat in the bathroom and look both ways before we leave the curb in front of our house. That actually will keep us safer.

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