Overcoming the Power of Fear Arising from Democrats’ “Cancellation Culture”

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One of the biggest obstacles to a life of freedom is fear.

It comes in many forms: fear of offending others, fear of failure, fear of terrors, real and imagined, and fear of death. The media have become experts at stoking fears of all kinds.

The fear of getting involved is another form. Passers-by did nothing last week as a woman was assaulted and then raped in a Philadelphia subway car. Instead of calling 911, some bystanders reportedly used their cell phones to record the crime.

On March 13, 1964, the entire country was shocked by the murder of Catherine “Kitty” Genovese, 28, a bartender from Queens, New York, who was repeatedly attacked by a thug armed with a knife and eventually died on the street. The New York Times reported that 38 witnesses ignored his repeated screams, fearing that they were involved. Later reports confirmed that only a few witnesses saw him and turned away and that a few people eventually called the police. But no one came to her aid before she was killed.

Ten years later, another woman, Sandra Zahler, 25, was beaten to death in an apartment overlooking the area where Ms Genovese was killed. Some neighbors heard him scream for a long time but did nothing.

The two murders embody a psychological phenomenon known as the “spectator effect” or “Genovese syndrome”. The theory is that people are less likely to get involved when other people are present. It could be summed up as: “Someone (not me) is doing something.

The current American ruling elites intend to hammer home the idea that only government and experts know what is best and that if we know what is good for us, we will not take the initiative ourselves.

A constant shift from personal responsibility to group guilt is apparent in everything from the burgeoning welfare state to COVID-19 masking and vaxing mandates. And even reactions to street crime.

People are no longer taught to think for themselves but to obey whatever authorities say is beneficial. Left-wing teachers’ unions are sowing terror in the hearts of schoolchildren by telling them that they could in fact be of the opposite sex. America is desperately and uniquely racist, and climate change will soon destroy the earth.

Americans, in general, are learning to fear “the unvaccinated,” the new class of untouchables the government blames for its failure to eradicate COVID-19 completely.

The deadly race riots that tore apart more than 200 cities in 2020 were nobody’s fault. They were an understandable response to police “white nationalism”, “white privilege” and “war on blacks”.

In San Francisco, a spectacularly beautiful city being ruined by leftist governance, drugstore chain Walgreen has closed 22 stores since 2016. Wall Street Journal columnist Jason L. Riley notes that since the Passing Proposition 47 in 2014, California decriminalized shoplifting, only punishing thefts that amount to $ 950 or more.

Combine that with a left-wing district attorney and a general sense of lawlessness, and the result has been a widespread “release” of store merchandise by thieves who fear no legal consequences. The city is also overrun with homeless people who are destroying the tourism industry by clogging the city streets with unspeakable rubbish. Someone (not me) is doing something.

I know. Continue to vote for the Democrats. They promise to take care of everyone from the cradle to the grave.

The “culture of cancellation” created by Democrats, whereby even the indiscretions of the youth are made public to destroy people the left does not like, is to crush dissent with fear.

As Senator Ron Johnson pointed out in a recent Washington Times column, the “health” establishment has scared anyone who questions the official accounts of COVID-19 and the possibility of effective treatments beyond them. serial vaccines.

“These massive vaccination warrants ignore natural immunity, the danger of vaccine injury, and the fact that fully vaccinated individuals contract and spread the virus – which makes the warrants ridiculously ineffective,” he wrote.

I thought about that other day as I watched teenage boys walk alone down the street to get to the school bus stop. They all wore masks.

Were they a sign of virtue or were they just fearful of being outcasts among their peers? Could you argue for hiding on the bus, but alone on the street? Who told these kids not to question the absurdity of wearing a mask outdoors?

Children, especially adolescents, are particularly vulnerable to group pressure to comply. Instead of learning to consider the evidence and think critically, they are taught to accept what their own eyes and education tell them is wrong.

The only area in which they are supposed to be mature enough to “think for themselves” is sexuality, starting in elementary school. Even there, they are forced to ignore biology and embrace the latest manifestation of sexual anarchy.

The antidote to real and imagined fears is courage. John Wayne said, “Courage is dying of fear, but getting in the saddle anyway. “

Better yet, a wise man once said, “If you fear God, you don’t need to kneel before a man.

As Paul wrote in II Corinthians 3:17, “where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”

Speaking in the name of God, the great prophet Isaiah wrote: “Fear not, for I am with you; Don’t worry, for I am your God. I will strengthen you.

Psalm 2, written by David, reads: “Be warned, you rulers of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear and celebrate his reign with trembling…. blessed are all who take refuge in him.

Predicting his own death and resurrection, Jesus said to his disciples, “I have told you these things, that you may have peace in me. In the world you will have tribulations. But rest assured; I have conquered the world.

This is something to think about when worldly disbelievers stoke fear and division to increase their power.

Who do they think they are?

• Robert Knight is a columnist for the Washington Times. Its website is roberthknight.com.

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