I find it interesting that the default position of some political operatives is to turn to the generation of fear, usually fear of something that is not nearly as bad as portrayed, in order to entice people to vote for a ‘solution’ proposed by the same political operative.
Whatever happened to election campaigns being run of positive policies that would enhance life for the voters and for the broader society? Whatever happened to politicians trying to craft themselves as people of substance and stature rather than people who are prepared to stoop to preying on the manufactured fear of their potential constituents?
The development of a culture of fear, and its active promotion for political purposes, is not a new phenomenon in public discourse, but it remains an unhealthy part of civic conversation. Surely what is needed is a culture of aspiration – a promotion of what society at its best might look like – rather than surrendering to the (potentially) easier culture of fear as the basis for seeking public office.
Both sides of the major political divide are guilty of this kind of cheap and grubby partisan politics, and it is the broader society that is cheapened by it. As a citizen and as a voter I want better.