Climate of Fear reigns supreme

Despite little evidence of the need for it, the climate of fear continues to reign worldwide. In America, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) arrests tens of thousands of Latin American laborers, guilty of nothing more than wanting a better life for their family, for every terrorist they even hear about it. But the Democrats feed at the same trough as the Republicans, so nary a word comes out of Barry Obama about cutting the DHS budget or coming up with a realistic immigration policy. Why worry that the vast majority of engineering graduates and hard science graduate students now leave America to return to their native countries when a generation ago they would have stayed and raised their children here?

No, no, the authorities have far more important things with which to concern themselves.

For example, in Newark airport, they found a computer monitor that shut down a terminal for half a day. Computer monitors are scary. Thank goodness we have all those Homeland Security folks out there feeling up airline passengers.

Maybe America is trying to head down the road of sclerotic Europe. Europe is gripped by irrational fears. Europe has lots of latent racism that represents itself in European immigration policy and the Europeans’ treatment of immigrants. Heck, the Rome subway just had the same kind of b.s. bomb scare that Newark Airport did.

America hegemony is in rapid decline. Thanks, King George II. The question now is, does America have a gradual slide ala Britain or fall of the edge of the proverbial cliff ala Spain and Italy. Will America’s citizens do something to intervene or stand idle by while leadership crash lands?

Aaron Mandel

Aaron Mandel is a writer and an accomplished public speaker. He is the publisher of the Clarion Content. For more than a decade, the Clarion Content has covered Durham’s arts, politics, music, and cultural milieu. From breaking news stories to the hottest local acts, the Clarion Content is on the scene. The Clarion Content published more than twenty distinguished guest columnists and garnered nearly a million views. Mandel is a volunteer for the Durham Mighty Pen Literacy Project and serves as the President of the Board of Sustain-A-Bull Durham, a local small business collective with more than 200 members. He writes regularly on the Clarion Content and has been quietly writing fiction since the 4th grade. Mandel has been published in the Raleigh News and Observer. He has also produced numerous art shows, including, “Durham under Development”. He was a featured speaker at “The State of Publishing” conference. He has presented to Durham Chamber of Commerce, “Chamber U” on the “New Media”. He has also served as the play-by-play announcer for the D.B.L., a Durham youth basketball league. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Religious Studies from Indiana University in Bloomington. An avid policy debater at Indiana and a Nation Debate Tournament qualifier, Mandel was also a member of the New Jersey State Champion two-person Policy Debate Team. He has lived in North Carolina, New Jersey, California, Texas, Illinois, Colorado, Indiana, and Baja California, Mexico.

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