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The Strange Gods of Fearful Americans: FDR, Obama, and the Gullible Allure of The Onion

The Strange Gods of Fearful Americans: FDR, Obama, and the Gullible Allure of The Onion

Why you shouldn’t worry (too much) about the paranoid style of American politics: It’s part of the American character. JFK:

“Now we are face-to-face once again with a period of heightened peril. The risks are great, the burdens heavy, the problems incapable of swift or lasting solution. And under the strains and frustrations imposed by constant tension and harassment, the discordant voices of extremism are heard once again in the land. Men who are unwilling to face up to the danger from without are convinced that the real danger comes from within. They look suspiciously at their neighbors and their leaders. They call for a ‘man on horseback’ because they do not trust the people…

“So let us not heed these counsels of fear and suspicion. Let us… devote more energy to organize the free and friendly nations of the world, with common trade and strategic goals, and devote less energy to organized armed bands of civilian guerillas that are more likely to supply local vigilantes than national vigilance.”

Read more on Huffington Post…

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