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The Politics Of Fear: A Moment With Bill Reflection

Updated on November 7, 2013

The Boogie Man Cometh

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H. L. Mencken

Name two things that every human being on this planet will react strongly to….take your time, I’ll wait.

I’m willing to bet that every single one of you said pain or fear as one of your answers if not both.

Hit me in the face and I promise you I will react. If I put my hand down on the stove burner when it is on, I promise you a reaction, one that will be heard for miles.

Similarly, tell me that I am going to lose my home and fear is a natural reaction. Tell me that the economy will get worse, that extremists will be carrying out acts of terror in my city or that certain groups of people threaten my lifestyle and yes, I will show fear.

I know this to be true. You know it to be true. Corporations know it to be true, the media knows it to be true and yes, our government knows it to be true.

And if you don’t believe that fear is used against us, you are living in some other place and time than the United States in 2013….and I’m also willing to bet the same can be said for those living in the UK, and South Africa, and France, Greece and any other country you care to mention.

Oh how our government loves fear!
Oh how our government loves fear! | Source

How Do We Play on Their Insecurities?

Read that subheading again. It is a question that is asked in corporation boardrooms across America, and it is a question that is asked in strategy planning sessions in the Halls of Congress.

And how does that make you feel?

For this writer, there was a time when it made me mad as hell. Now I have come to realize that anger gets me nowhere in the grand scheme of things. I find it much more useful now to raise awareness and help others to see the truth about this country.

I saw an ad the other day for a new credit card offer. The ad explained that the corporation understood how stressful the holidays were for the average American, and they wanted to relieve some of that stress by offering me zero interest for twelve months on all purchases. How unbelievably considerate of them to worry so about my stress level; how kind of them to give me the chance to fall deeper into debt through their generous offer; how very typical of them to play on my emotions so that they can add to their bottom line of profit.

We just finished another round of “how can I scare you the most” as Congress ended the latest financial shutdown crisis. Every single time a politician had a microphone in front of them, they were quick to tell us how the “other side” was harming us, and how we could avert certain financial crisis on a personal level if we would only listen to reason.

Am I the only one tired of this blatant attack on my intelligence?

Some sobering thoughts

Fear is all around us....can you see it?
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Fear Is All Around Us

Can you see it?

Can you see the coal miner in West Virginia who feels like his livelihood is being stripped away? He is untrained, uneducated and without his trade he is unemployable. Yes, he is afraid.

Can you see the single mother of three who works two part-time jobs just to put food on her table? She knows she is one paycheck away from homelessness. Yes, she is afraid.

Can you see the mid-level management worker as he hears that his company is outsourcing jobs to China? All that he has worked for is hanging by a thread, and his family’s welfare is hanging with it. Yes, he is afraid.

Can you see the factory worker in Detroit who knows….he just knows….that a year from now his job will not exist, and he will join hundreds of thousands of Detroit citizens at the welfare office? Yes, he is afraid.

Can you see the millions of minimum wage employees who wonder what will happen if they have a prolonged illness? They are staring poverty square in the face and yes my friends, they are afraid.

Can you see the millions of high school students with average grades heading off to college, knowing that chances are there will not be opportunities waiting for them after graduation? What will be waiting for them, however, is tens of thousands of dollars in student loans. Yes, they are afraid.

Can you see it?

In the Absence of Reason

Quite simply, in situations like those listed above, in the absence of reason people will grasp at any straw in hopes that their lives will improve. That straw may be promises from elected officials. That straw may be extraordinary claims from corporations. And yes, that straw may be the finger of blame pointed squarely at another elected official, or another company, or heaven forbid, it might be pointed at your neighbor or friend.

Fear is a remarkable weapon. If applied with enough force and emotional turmoil, fear can make an intelligent human being strike out blindly. If applied with enough force and emotional turmoil, fear can toss aside logic, shred common sense and obliterate decency. It can take normally compassionate and empathetic human beings and transform them into mean-mouthed, mean-spirited and mean-intentioned shadows of their former selves.

And your government is counting on it happening….and corporations are counting on it happening…and they are growing rich as it happens.

There Is Only One Solution

And that is, quite simply, to stop falling for the b.s. and stop relinquishing your power to the fear that has a stranglehold on you.

The first step, then, is to know the enemy.

The enemy is not the immigrants. The enemy is not the Democrats. The enemy is not the Republicans or the Blacks or the Hispanics or the unemployed. The enemy is not the rich or the poor or the uneducated or even the Tea Party.

No my friends, the enemy, as Franklin Delano Roosevelt pointed out, is fear itself…..fear, and those who would use that fear to make you act in an unreasonable and inhumane manner.

Here, then, is the kicker. Here is the bitter pill that is oh so hard to swallow.

We only have ourselves to blame, so stop blaming others.

Our rights could not be taken away from us without our complicity.

Our economic opportunities could not be taken away from us without our complacency and apathy.

A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.
John F. Kennedy

It Is Time for Change

And yes, the change begins with us.

Stop voting by party lines and start voting for qualified candidates who will actually work to improve the economy and your share of the economy.

Become involved in your community. I am convinced that real change happens at the local level. That is where we eat and work and breathe, and that is where meaningful change can happen ONLY if you become a part of the process.

Stop playing the economic game that is rigged against you. 70% of our economy is based on consumer goods, and a very small handful of fat cats are controlling it all. They would have very little to control if we refused to play the game. Stop buying on credit. Stop buying from foreign corporations. Buy locally. Support local businesses that actually employ your fellow countrymen and women. Demand fair treatment in the workplace. Organize efforts to help all workers rather than the chosen few. A few years ago I wondered why more employees didn’t rise up and demand more and then it hit me: they were afraid of losing their jobs if they spoke out. Welcome to the year 2013.

Move towards self-sufficiency. Grow your own. Save energy. Conserve and protect.

Above all else, quit the in-fighting. The government and the corporations are counting on us to figuratively eat our young. Take the fight where it should be taken, to the politicians and the marketplace.

It is not too late but the clock is ticking. We can continue to be sheeple and pray that we are not the next lambs to slaughter, or we can take positive steps that will lead to change.

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Raising awareness one person at a time.”

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It does indeed, Deb! We would do well to learn from some history.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Nothing to fear but fear itself. Sound familiar?

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      tireless, you may add it and it should be added. Thank you for your thoughts.

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      Judy Specht 3 years ago from California

      Bravo! May I add demand your children be taught that 2+2=4. Not childed because the child next to her thought it was 5 and her feelings might get hurt. When something is wrong, and will hurt you, some one who cares says," It's wrong".

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It is indeed, Dianna, and we are going to see more of it before it gets better.....hard times coming my friend.

      Thank you for your compassion.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I hear friends share how their loved ones are struggling to make ends meet; many are working two to three jobs just to put food on the table. No house, just living with family or homeless. It is a sad day for our country when we can see the repeat of depression just beyond our door. Fear is an ugly enemy.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rasma, I hope that day comes soon. There is great power in the masses if they will just rise up and say ENOUGH! Thanks for your thoughts.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Keep them afraid and you will keep them under your thumb Say boo and you've got one less person to worry about because they will just drop in their tracks We've got our political bunglers over here making sure that the little person stays down as well. Time for the citizens to rise and take over Passing this on.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kindred my dear friend, so nice to see you again. Thank you! Those of us who have a few years under our belt see the truth in this article; I hope word spreads and more and more realize that they do not have to succumb to fear.

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      Linda Crist 3 years ago from Central Virginia

      Great take on an old truth Kindred. I found clarity in this knowledge back in the early 70's and have not participated in the fear mongering since. You have shared some very sage advice here regarding voting for individuals rather than along party lines and...about getting involved locally. It is the best and perhaps only way to create change. I hope this one goes viral and that everyone who reads it will recognize the simplicity of its truth. Kudos!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, I am convinced that there are many who cannot even spell integrity let alone live it. I wish I was wrong.

      blessings and love to you

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, as long as Pollyanna is alive in some people then there is hope. I'm with you; I see no other recourse than to continue to raise consciousness and hope that others will listen.

      blessings and a huge hug are coming your way my dear

      bill

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Dear Bill,

      I am sick to death of such tatics and you are so right, they attempt to use fear as a weapon. I was thinking of that very quote when I began reading this profound hub here. Yes, we have nothing to fear but fear itself.

      What happened to good old fashion integrity, when one could take a man at his word and if one shook on it, it was a deal.

      Up and more and sharing

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      O dear ...bill

      this whole political miasma can creates so much stress for so many And the really sad part is the politicians are not affected by the craziness they subject others to.

      How scary it is for those who receive disability checks and even regular social security to face the threat of NO check????

      And no one really cares that sits in the government buildings owned by us....it is frustrating and discouraging at times. But I believe if we do as much as we can to shake the consciousness of our land that perhaps one day this can be turned around. Pollyanna is alive in well inside of me...you know that about me..:D

      Angels are wining their way to you, dear friend ps

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      laidbacklady, thank you for sharing your thoughts and your kind words. I used to write these diatribes often, but eventually I found it affected my mood and outlook on life. Now I let them store up until I need to shout once more from the pulpit and then I give it a rest for awhile. :)

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      Linda 3 years ago from Plumsted Township, NJ

      You are very eloquent in the way you put things, blunt or not. And I could not agree with you more. WE are the ones who have let things get to this point. WE THE PEOPLE are the ones who elect people to presidency, governorship, etc. With that, we just sit back like grazing cattle and expect everything to fall into place. THE GOVERNMENT will take care of it. Right!

      We do need to get more involved at the local level, in our own home towns. All it takes is one really good idea or ideal to set the ball rolling. We DO need to speak out if we disagree, whether or not we may be viewed by others as "outspoken" or "dangerous" or whatever.

      Truth be told, when election time is approaching, I tune out. Not one of those individuals who are "running for office" hold any interest for me. And in my opinion, once elected, there should be no "party affiliation" in place. Once you are in office, you should be "for the people" and NOT "for the party."

      Great hub, Billy. I will be on a bit more often in the future and I look forward to more of your "Buc-isms." :)

      Be well and God Bless!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      drbj, corruption runs rampant in the Halls of Congress; hope springs eternal in the streets of America. And we get up tomorrow and try again. :)

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      drbj and sherry 3 years ago from south Florida

      All that you say is true, Bill, I could not agree with you more. Except to add: fear drives the populace; greed drives the politicians.

      Honesty, integrity and ethics appear to be anathema to most of our current representatives.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Indeed, L.M....I was a history teacher as well and history is littered with these lessons about fear.

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      L.M. Hosler 3 years ago

      Bill

      As a history teacher, isn't using this type of fear how dictators have come into power? By using fear while promising all good things? It seems to me that is how Germany gave the world Hitler.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      L.M. Hosler, I did make passing reference to the media but you are so correct. Turn on the news and wait patiently for a "feel good" story to appear. It will be a long wait. "Feel good" doesn't sell with the media; fear does. It's as simply as that, and until that changes it will continue. Thank you for your reflections.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      writingowl, your country is, indeed, a perfect example of this. We share so much, Ireland and the U.S....our histories are intertwined and will always be connected, and what is wrong here will be wrong there....and change that happens here will happen there.....but....the only way change will happen is at a local level, one community at a time....and I don't see it happening with any regularity right now.

      Thank you for sharing and bless you and yours always.

      bill

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      L.M. Hosler 3 years ago

      Excellent article and very true. One thing you might have overlooked and might make another good article is how the news media spreads this type of fear.

      I know that watching a lot of the things on TV, news, movies and shows, can make us fear things also. For instance, I am afraid of snakes & big dogs and how many times are those two things shown on TV shows & movies? I think that makes you fear those things even worse.

      I believe Ronald Regan made a very true statement when he said: The 9 most terrifying words in the English language are: I am here from the government to help you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Amen, DJ! I don't know what it is going to take for the populace to wake up; I suspect things will have to get much worse before we see massive change. I hope I am wrong but I don't think I am.

      Thank you my loyal friend and have a wonderful Sunday.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suhail, you described it perfectly. Thank you for that insight.

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      Mary Kelly Godley 3 years ago from Ireland

      True words of wisdom once again. Well said and here in Ireland we know only too well how a country can be brought to its knees and crippled by Banks, Dodgy deals and reckless investors who basically walked away from the shambles they made out of our economy.

      So what did our government do, yep.. they told us all that we have to pay off this debt, and our children will have to be saddled with this debt too because if we didn't agree to pay it, there'd be chaos. No money in the cash point machines, mass unemployment, no services for our special needs kids etc..etc..etc.. Our country is indeed a classic example of us all being screwed by the keeping us living by this fear mantra.

      So we agreed to pay all this debt that we didn't create and yet most of us are still afraid of losing our jobs, we still have none of our own money in the cash point machines and there are still no services for our special needs children. The only other outcome of shrouding us all in fear is that the bankers and the property developers got off pretty much scot free while we on the other hand continue to suffer. I am going to share this as boy do we need this advice. Voted up.

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      DJ Anderson 3 years ago

      A super hub, Bill. I agree that we must not give in to the trappings of fear. But, fear is a very real emotion, and of all the worries of daily life,

      politicians should not be at the top of the worry list. Yet, they hold the power to make or break people's companies, confidences and finances.

      But, until those who make the laws must be made to abide by the laws,

      little or no change can be made. Government is a big business and one

      that a small group of people simply cannot fight. Some of those old farts

      have been in DC since before the roads were paved. There should be a limited number of terms served and back home they should go to get a

      job like the average Joe. No more of these bennies for life!

      I totally agree...stop buying on credit and stop buying foreign made products! Those two changes can make a world of difference and

      hopefully change our world.

      Again, preach it, Bill, and I will try to stay in the "Amen Corner".

      DJ.

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 3 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      A great read indeed.

      Getting others reacting due to fear or due to hope this defines the difference between our very average political leaders of today and the visionary leaders of the yore.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Donna, great points and good for you for standing up for yourself. There is such a fear of losing jobs these days, and I understand it to a certain extent. But wages are down across the board and there is only one reason for that....workers have allowed it to happen. We see a working society now that fights among its own workers and does not demand respect or higher pay. When was the last time you heard of a group or workers going on strike?

      Great points and I thank you.

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      Donna Hilbrandt 3 years ago from Upstate New York

      Fear seems to be the tactic that many use to take and hold onto power on many levels. Sadly, I see it more and more. As a teacher, I think I am supposed to be afraid that my students will not measure up on the test du jour, which, of course, will negatively effect my evaluation. I am not a worse teacher than I was yesterday. Yet many buy in and are afraid that the numbers won't work out in their favor. We are constantly told that we must measure up and that we are lucky to have jobs. I say, they are lucky to have me. I even said that to an administrator once who was trying to strike fear into me and weild her power over me. She didn't like my response. She liked it even less when I walked out of the room, because I was right. I wasn't giving into fear, and I think that put her off a bit. I agree with you that we must not ever give in to fear. Look what happened in Salem with the witch trials.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Perfect example Mary! Unless people stand up and be counted they only have themselves to blame for the mess they find themselves in. Good luck with that reform party; maybe the citizens will wake up for the next election.

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      How true, the only thing we have to fear is fear itself. Fear is spoon fed to us from day one....don't follow the rest of the crowd, you can't succeed without a college education, outsourcing is good for the economy, the list never ends.

      Stand up and be counted! We just had a terrible experience here when our local government was taken over by a group of political reformers who are going to reform our area into a green haven with no jobs and no future for our kids. I'm not against green, nor am I against reform but I think we need to take into consideration the total impact on the people, the land, and our future. The nearsited outlooks of these folks is going to instill a total fear of downfall for this area. VOTE! The problem here is only one side went out to vote because they 'assumed' things would go well in the vote.

      Ok, I'm going off on a tangent. I totally agree with what you've said. Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting, and shared.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Brian! I will check out the YouTube video and the Shock Doctrine. I appreciate the references.

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      Brian Leekley 3 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Up, Useful, and Interesting.

      Well said. For articles that complement this one, Google on "Shock Doctrine The Rise of Disaster Capitalism" Klein and on YouTube search on The Story of Solutions, a video by Annie Leonard.

      What's the worst that can happen? Read about the death of Jesus. And he said, "Fear not," and meant it and lived it.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Exactly vkwok; there is no other logical explanation for that man being elected. LOL Thanks for your observation.

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      Very well observed about how today's politics are running. I remember a high school teacher once telling my class how George Bush Jr. got re-elected by saying he's the best one to deal with the threat that started eleven years ago.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzette, thank you so much. I'm not sure anyone in Congress would hear it if read there; they are all out having a martini lunch and toasting themselves for a job well done. LOL Yes, locally is where change happens. It is a slow process but it can be done.

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      suzettenaples 3 years ago

      Very astute article you have written here, Bill, and I agree with you. Fear is being used against us in all areas of our lives. This article needs to be read in front of the U. S. Senate and House and entered into the Congressional record. Your words are as true and eloquent as FDR's were during the Great Depression. You are so right-we must start at the local level making changes. It has to start right here at this local level. Only then will change ever really happen. Thank you for a thought provoking article.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It's always a pleasure, Eddy. Thank you for taking time this Friday to read. Have a marvelous weekend.

      love,

      billy

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Another wonderful read Billy as always told in your own natural way. Thank you always and enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joe, I come from a staunch Democratic family. I wonder what my dad would think of his party now? When will this insanity end my friend?

      Oregon getting pounded; kind of does my heart good. :)

      Have a great evening buddy and thank you!

      Aloha

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you again, Annette!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ruby! Voting party lines just doesn't work any longer. We have to vote conscience and hope for the best.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Annette, thank you very much for your kind words. I don't know about wise, but I have managed to learn a few things over the years, and right and wrong never change. What is happening now is just wrong.

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      Annette Hendley 3 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      You are a wise man. I always enjoy reading your hubs. You have the ability to keep my attention and that is no small task. You are right the poor Brits are also ruled by fear and we are far to complacent to ever do anything about it.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is a wake up call and a darn good one. I am a registered democrat, but i an finding there are good people outside any party. I no longer vote a straight party ticket. I watch and listen then vote. Thank you. Great topic..

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      Annette Hendley 3 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      You are such a wise man. I have to tell you, I get bored very quickly, but you manage to write so interesting that it is always a pleasure to read your hubs. You are so right, it is not only in America that the politicians try to scare the people, in the UK they do exactly the same thing.

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      What you address here is so true. A good portion of Washington laws in the last couple of decades were passed as reactionary measures (to FEAR) as opposed to proactive stands for positive win-win endeavors. Like Janine, I once was a staunch Democrat proud of the fact that from this party came the likes of FDR and Kennedy. In recent years, I've become more of a moderate, honestly succumbing to FEAR...not of the issues, but of the candidates themselves. Way to tell it like it is, Bill! I'm happy to be a friend of yours. Aloha, and have a good night! Like Kathryn said, it's almost Friday!

      ~Joe

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Scott, I come from farmers in Iowa so I hear you. The times may be changing, buddy, but right and wrong never changes. It's time for a few million people to stand up for what is right. :)

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      Scott P Williams 3 years ago from Miami, Florida

      Not even our FARMERS are sacred anymore. Farmers should be next to royalty in our society along with our teachers...I'm glad to see so many supportive comments to this hub. It lets me know I'm not alone in my disappointment with the progress our country has mad lately. However, I will always have faith in The People. Another great hub!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Poolman, it is pretty amazing that my followers actually read my entire hubs. I am honored by that fact my friend and thank you! As for voting, the sooner America pulls it's head out of it's butt, the better off we will be as a country.

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      Old Poolman 3 years ago

      Bill, you have a large following and I know that most of your followers actually read what you write. I hope they get your message about voting with their heads instead of their hearts. That is the only way we will ever be able to get close to the country we used to be.

      I had to give this hub an awesome rating.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LK, Lennon was so intuitive, wasn't he? There are several quotes of his that just leave me shaking my head in wonder. Anyway, thank you for your kind words....you are appreciated.

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      LKMore01 3 years ago

      Bill,

      Your comment above, "getting off the treadmill and finding peace in simplicity" immediately reminded me of the John Lennon lyric, "no longer riding on the merry-go-round. I just had to let it go." Keep watching those wheels spin, Bill. You are awesome!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mike my friend, I'm not sure one man like a President can make any difference in this corrupt system we now have. The problems are just too big....that's why I hope we can see individuals working in communities and a movement growing in power across the land.

      blessings and thanks always my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      kschimmel, the game is rigged and there is no way to win it. I'm glad I am getting off of the treadmill and finding peace in simplicity. Thank you for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you DDE; I always appreciate your visits.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      The Politics Of Fear: A Moment With Bill Reflection, interesting informative and so well thought of.

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      Kimberly Schimmel 3 years ago from North Carolina, USA

      Amen! Stop playing the game.

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      Mr Archer 3 years ago from Missouri

      You've got my vote! Remember, there are those of us who feel you might be a solid candidate for the White House!

      Fear is something we all experience in one form or another, but you are correct in saying we give it more power than it takes. We surrender to it, and we shouldn't. We are in control of our country if we but TAKE that control back. Band together, say enough, get those in charge out and new blood in; blood who have bled with us, who understand where we are and where we need to be.

      To quote one of my favorite singers, John Denver, "The time is now."

      Well done, Sir William. Blessings to both you and Bev, and to your family.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you John. I used to write a lot of articles like this one but I got too depressed doing it. LOL

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...you got it, Ann!

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Good for you Bill. Someone has to take a stand, and if the people supported one another they could make change. Glad to see you are pushing for them to become self-sufficient too, that would go a big way to solving the problem. Good hub.

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      Yes! Stiff upper lip & strong elbow!!!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Larry, I invite rants. At least that shows me there are people out there who have not given up the fight and who realize just how screwed up this country has become. Keep right on ranting my friend; I respect you and your rants.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, I am well aware of the mess in Great Britain. Sadly your country is no better than the U.S. as far as politics goes but yes, we can change all that. We need huge numbers of people willing to make a change for the better, and I think that's going to require some more suffering, but change will happen. It always has throughout history; it happens slowly but it does happen.

      Thank you for your kind words. Stiff upper lip my friend; we will make things better. :)

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kim, that is my hope as well. I think things are going to get nasty in the next five years and I think that will be the genesis of greater community involvement. I hope I am right that people will begin to take it upon themselves to be the solution.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Unfortunately, Mark, most people won't do a thing until they are cold and hungry. People need to really suffer before complacency is tossed aside and action begins. I wish I was wrong but I don't think I am. Thanks as always, buddy; wishing you well.

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      larry kitzmann 3 years ago

      Bill, without going into my own rant here I will simply say I couldn't agree with you more if I wanted. I would only suggest that given the history of the C.I.A. along with the N.SA. things do not look to promising. Suffice it to say that the military industrial complex that Ike warned us about and the now militarization of police forces through out the country give one much to consider. Quite simply our Constitution no longer exist. OK I did not mean to rant on here. Take care my friend and best always.

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      Fits our society here in Britain perfectly! We were only discussing with some friends this afternoon, that none of our politicians is worthy of a vote because they're either corrupt, ignorant of whatever ministerial position they hold or they tow the party line without question. Why do I want to vote for someone who has no idea of good practice in education, who messes about with our system because he wants to make a name for himself rather than caring about our students and their futures (though he claims otherwise, of course)?

      Sometimes I feel desperate and depressed about it all but you've made me feel better. Of course we should support local people (we do) and help in the community (we don't do that enough) but I think it's the party line argument that hit me the most. 'I always vote Tory/Liberal/Labour...' you hear - why? because your father does, your sister does, your neighbour does? Talk to the local councillors and politicians and see if they're really working for you or for themselves, that's what makes the difference.

      A great argument with such valid points, bill. You have the knack of kicking people where it hurts and instilling more of the 'yes I can make a difference if I really want to' attitude. You make a valuable statement and you make it so well.

      Enjoy your evening! Ann

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Bill,

      I love your passion. I quit voting party lines many years ago. I think one thing that gives me hope is to see how my own children and their friends look at the world. They seem to have more compassion and a willingness to look for solutions. My hope is that their generation will begin to take the leadership and take us in a way that is fair and more productive.

      Best,

      Kim

      Kim

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      Mark G Weller 3 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Well said Bill, Fear is a powerful tool in the hands of the criminals that run this country and the world for that matter. The few get fat while some of us walk the streets cold and hungry.

      It is far beyond time each one of us simply refused to sccumb to their BS.

      Mark

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jackie, I agree completely....do you see that voice out there? Do you even see enough people who care willing to listen to that voice? I am so tired of complacency in our people that I could spit.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marlene, I am convinced that we will see a major economic depression in the next five years, and it will crush this country like the Great Depression did so long ago. We have not learned our lessons as a society, but Bev and I are working hard to get a farm and support ourselves completely before things fall apart around us. :)

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Yes, I get so mad at big gov that I forgot the moral to my own story, lol. Supporting local is great but gov will not put up with but so much and if you start doing good they will come in and do you in; shut you down. (Farmageddon) http://vimeo.com/16513455 They do that and here we will have to hide around to be able to help each other so first of all we need to let the gov "know" who is boss. We are staying too quiet, letting them get too much power. We at least need to have a voice.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good for you Sha! I am dead tired of this Democrat/Republican b.s.....time to get some people in office who are just human beings. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      No, Carol, it is a very easy thing to do...I see it daily. Happily they haven't gotten me yet. :) Thank you for taking the time to visit my friend.

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      Marlene Bertrand 3 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Fear is such a heavy emotion. I try not to think about the ugly things going on in the world - not like a "put my head in the sand" kind of way, but I try to let other things fill my head. I do what I can to make a change, but at the end of the day I know it will be up to me for my own survival. That's the main reason I became a bona fide food gardener. I feel there is going to come a time when we'll all need to provide for ourselves and if we're not prepared to do that, then we're going to starve. Oh, the criminal minded people will learn to steal and that's a separate part of my survival tactics to be explained at some other time.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      I love the idea of supporting our local businesses and farmers. It's a small step, but one that can put a hurtin' on big business if enough people refuse to feed the coffers of those businesses that would rather support other countries than our own.

      I also do not vote according to party. In fact, I'm registered as an NPA (no party affiliation) voter for that very reason.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jackie, Washington D.C. seems to be a black hole; good people go in and selfish people come out. I still believe change can happen locally but I don't have much hope for the national leaders....and I hope I am wrong. :) Thanks for your thoughts.

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      carol stanley 3 years ago from Arizona

      I think many of us know the power of fear...and it hits in every area of life. And we can feed ourselves with fear daily..not to mention all the venues for this destructive emotion. Many leaders use this to fuel the masses of people. And it is not a difficult thing to do.

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      We need to start standing up to the government whether Dem or Rep and let them know we do have a constitution and our government is suppose to be by the people and for the people and they need to ask us what to do with money other than their high salaries. Why should they be allowed to throw all these billions away? Why should they do anything without our permission? We need to remind them we are here! That we want to make the decisions!!! That they need our permission if they want to stay there. No lifetime jobs for anyone in government. Make them know they better shape up. All we need is a representative billy. ?

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kathryn, you are very welcome my friend. Amen to that...almost Friday!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joelle, your son is a brave man. I'm not sure an honest man can last long in politics. I hope I am wrong. :)

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, right on, and thanks for that awesome....I love your last statement...sad but true. Thank you buddy.

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Thanks for your explanation of how fear is used against us, and for the suggestions you have given us to take action.

      Have a great day, Bill. It's almost Friday!

      ~ Kathryn

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      I would like to vote green because for me the environment is very important (keeping something for our children and the next generations) but doing so is sometimes giving power to the side I really don't want to see in power. Sometimes it's not easy to choose!

      You have politicians who promise the moon and when they are in power things change. Some of them become real dictators or buffoons or both (Mayor Rob Ford in Toronto for example).

      Making the right choice is sometimes very difficult and discouraging!

      I have one of my sons in politic and I find that very courageous :-)

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Well you got the coveted "Awesome" on this one. People please check your coat, gloves and hats at the door -- right next to where egos should be left.

      fundraisers tell us. People do not donate for something, they donate against something. Sad.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, I do understand. I have found voting very difficult of late because of the reason you just gave. Thank you for your thoughts and have a wonderful day.

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      Bill, totally agree and I once was a staunch Democrat and now I vote not by party lines, but who is the best candidate. It takes becoming educated on the candidates and the facts themselves, but still sometimes after all that I feel like it may be just voting for the lesser of the two evils if that makes sense. You are right though and we are the ones who have to take the bull by the horns and make change happen. So, thank you once again for speaking the truth here.