Monday, February 20, 2006
Fear and Politics
I'm back finally. Sorry for the long break. Ok, so my friend Pete (aka the artist formerly known as "pomopete" who now is known by the symbol "&") recently posted an entry about a double meaning behind Cheney's hunting accident. He asked if this was symbolic of the administration missing the mark. Well, my comment regarding this post was that the administration has not only missed the mark, but is not quit sure what the target is! I was going to leave it at that, but I recieved a very kind and courteous comment from one of the many conservatives that are trying to preserve Christian values. So, I thought I would follow up.
I was wrong. I said that the present administration doesn't know what the target is. Well, after doing some reading this week, I think I have found the target. Not only that, but I discovered that the target has been clearly defined. The target? Fear.
Jim Wallis has written some great things about this in his book God's Politics. He seems to think that the problem with the present administration is a lack of vision. (Remember in your comments that I am giving Wallis' view right now!) He goes on to say that the present administration is running on fear. Since September 11, he states, the US has operated its poilicy completely out of fear. To put this in another way, the US is vulnerable and came into contact with that vulnerability through the events of 9-11. All it took was for one person to say that they could repurchase our invulnerability, at the expense of our American sons and daughters. Oh yeah, the expense also includes our brothers and sisters in the middle east. This is a high price to pay to say that we are invulnerable. We experienced hell on September 11. For those in Iraq, including Arab Christians, they now live in hell.
Thomas Merton said that the root of all war is fear - Jesus said, "Fear not."