What do history's most notorious despots have in common with many of the flag-waving, patriotic politicians of our day? Both groups rise to power through the exploitation of fear, which has become a societal plague. There have been widespread casualties. We need an antidote. Feardom offers its readers a much-needed immunization.
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One aspect of the pre-election process I loathe the most is the mudslinging that inevitably occurs between candidates. This is a hallmark characteristic of politicians vying for power, and it’s downright annoying.
The war of words is a common tool for Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, John McCain, Mitt Romney, Barack Obama, Fred Thompson, Rudy Giuliani, and the other top dogs. Instead of restricting themselves to discussing issues, they wallow in the mud with their opponents, trying to distinguish themselves in a veritable peeing contest.
The tit-for-tat sparring between candidates continues unabated. Sometimes a candidate will play lip service, asking for an end to it, but then cannot resist the next opportunity to pounce.
Lew Rockwell notes a difference in this year’s election that few notice:
All my life–and I worked in Barry Goldwater’s 1964 campaign–the media and good-government types have called for an end to negative campaigning, no personal attacks on opponents, and positive campaigns based on ideas.
So here we have a candidate who is “unfailingly polite,” as the NY Times puts it; who never attacks his opponents; and who wages an entirely positive campaign of ideas; a uniquely humble and brilliant gentleman of the sort even Hollywood has idealized; why have the media and goo-goo’s not credited Ron Paul for at least this?
One difference in my mind between a politician and a statesman is that the former results to mudslinging when it’s personally and politically convenient, whereas the latter is simply a seller of ideas.
Jim Rohn said it best:
The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not a bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly. (via Quoty)