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The Specter of Hatred and Fear Spreads Across America

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America is entering into a most dangerous time in its history as this society and its people react to and try to cope with the specter of fear that is rapidly spreading across this nation.

For many years Americans have listened to the incessant beat of the drums of war. Now we hear the drums of fear sounding across this country as those who advance its agenda plant the seeds of apprehension and anxiety into the American psyche.

Donald Trump, candidate for president, has assumed the role of Chief Architect of this agenda of fear. He has become the messenger of fear, hatred and dissension. He uses that message to appeal to the increasing number of Americans who have been mentally conditioned by this government's War on Terror to live in fear of a potential foreign terrorist threat.

Decades ago the people of America heard President Franklin Delano Roosevelt declare, "The only thing we have to fear is...fear itself -- nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance."

Then, after 9/11, G.W. Bush instilled fear into their hearts when he said, "Be afraid, be very afraid." And now we have President Obama constantly talking about ISIS and the direct threat it poses to America. Why isn't our president, instead, echoing the words of FDR whose message inspired Americans to refuse to cave in to fear?

Trump has taken fear mongering to a new, higher level as he targets Americans who are angry and frustrated about what is happening in this country and how it is adversely affecting their lives. He knows they are very troubled and have great concerns about the future. He knows how to tap in that condition and reap the benefits.

He is using ISIS as his bogeyman and connecting its treacherous agenda and ideology to Muslims in general and, specifically, to those who live in America. He is painting all Muslims with the same brush and far too many Americans are buying into his twisted, demented message.

Trump reminds me of the late Senator Joseph McCarthy who used his position in the U.S. Senate to spread fear throughout America as he accused numerous Americans of being communists and/or their sympathizers; his fabricated warnings made Americans think that there was a communist, a soviet spy or a sympathizer hiding behind every bush. Trump is taking part of his strategy directly from McCarthy's playbook.

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