Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The Perceived Fear Factor

Fear is a bitch.

It will make you do some pretty stupid things that you normally would never think of doing. There has to be something when your nervous system identifies fear in your blood. You freeze, you make a funny face, and you act completely on instinct. They call this the "Fight or Flight" mechanism.

It’s also funny to see what people PERCEIVE as fearful, and what others don't. Take for example, yesterday's reaction to the American proposed Health Care Bill. My facebook page was filled with my American friends expressing their likes or dislikes for this new step forward. Of course, just plainly on instinct, every Republican hates it, and every Democrat thinks it's yet another milestone in securing Barack Obama's legacy as President.

This Bill hasn't even been signed as yet, and you've already got chaos. I went on Newt Gingrich's website last night (He is the former speaker of the house) and you had to see the displeasure laced with fury, worry, and heated passion about this. Rather than thinking that this Bill is a positive step forward, these people have nothing better to do with their time than to point out what is wrong with this move.

It absolutely amazes me that he would jump all over a medicare system that would give every citizen of the US the security of a government funded health plan, but yet, he would sit idly by watching the US spend a Billion Dollars a Day for a 2 term war in Iraq that costs American lives, as opposed to the health plan that will save them.


Plain and simple.

So that brings me to my thought of the day...

I'm wondering if some people are more genetically pre-disposed to having a nervous system that is a little more reactive than the average person. I mean, people with anxiety disorders obviously have a chain response from the moment that they identify something threatening, and how their body processes it, and then how that fear takes control of their actions and dictates how they are going to react. Perhaps some people are slave to their bodies, and can't really help being worry-warts. I think that these people would naturally be the conservative populace that makes up our right wingers. They are always fear-motivated.

I know that there are people that are slave to their fears and won't leave their house, neighbourhood, or comfort zones for fear of having a meltdown or going into full blown Rainman. Maybe Newt Gingrich and the rest of the Republicans are like this? I don't know if I have ever seen a group of people who are more interested in telling you what to be afraid of than right wingers. They are always so fearful of everything. -It dictates their lives. They pass it on to all the lemmings that follow them, and then they go and elect some Dumb-Ass like George W Bush to lead them into Hell.

Fears like this compound into McCarthyism, massive Defence Spending, NRA mentality, government take overs, fear that the neighbourhood isn't as white as it "should" be, and the loss of good ol' family values. It sounds like I am watching "Leave it to Beaver" or "My Three Sons"

Well, the Dwight Eisenhower days are over, as are the Richard Nixon days, and the Ronald Reagan days. Change is here. Embrace it. I'm sorry that your little boys club days are over, and your Elephant Club is in disarray, but there is a leader in place right now who has the courage to make tough decisions instead of just riding out his post for 8 years like Bush did. I expect Obama to make some mistakes, but as long as he is going in the right direction, let him continue on his course.

You know the saying, If you want to make an omelette, you have to break some eggs...

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