Here's a good little piece from GOP Congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul on the importance of fear in stripping people of their liberty. "The psychology of fear is an essential component of those who would have us believe we must rely on the elite who manage the apparatus of the central government." Fear led too many Americans to embrace the Patriot Act and preemptive -- actually preventive, much less justifiable -- war.
Ron is concerned that the level of fear is similar now to just before the Iraq war and urges us to muster up some confidence in the better angels in this country. I hope he's wrong about the fear level.