Rolling Stone

Sometimes just thinking hurts ...

What are we afraid of?

Matt Taibbi (IMHO one of the best political writers of our time) has an excellent piece (Tea and Crackers) coming out in the Oct. 15th issue of Rolling Stone. It is long, but well worth the read.  It got me thinking about all this Tea Party hullabaloo.

Taibbi points out the hypocrisy of the party platform and the fact that its leaders are selling out to the Republican establishment (Rand Paul)  ... but I will get back to the Taibbi piece and its conclusions later.

As human beings we all have basic needs, physical, psychological and spiritual.  Based on Maslow's hierarchy of need our most basic needs for survival are:

Air, water, and food are metabolic requirements for survival in all animals, including humans. Clothing and shelter provide necessary protection from the elements.

What happens when these basic needs are threatened, or if there is the perception that these needs are being threatened? People start to become afraid. When this fear is perpetuated and magnified by politicians and the media, a voting block is created that is not only highly motivated, but malleable as well. Politics made personal.