Typically, when people talk about their biggest fears, they talk about dying or they talk about public speaking (it’s amazing how many people are more scared of public speaking than they are of dying.). But a recent survey brought an interesting answer to light when people were asked this question again.
Chapman University conducted this survey in May of this year (2017) when they chose a random sample of 1,207 people. These people were “asked their level of fear about eighty different fears across a huge variety of topics ranging from crime, the government, the environment, disasters, personal anxieties, technology and many others.” So, what scares Americans more than Obamacare or Trumpcare, pollution, running out of money, global warming / climate change, or even the threat of a North Korean attack?
Corrupt government officials.
Yes, really. Matt Agorist writes that “corruption of government officials came top in 2017, with 74.5 percent of U.S. adults saying it makes them ‘afraid’ or ‘very afraid.'” Want another surprise? Agorist also notes,
Despite the constant fear mongering from the mainstream media and government on boogeymen terrorists plotting to steal our freedom, the public, according to this survey, is not buying it. In fact, the threat of terrorism isn’t even in the top 20 fears. Terrorism comes in at twenty-two—below credit card fraud and identity theft.
You read that right. Terrorism isn’t the thing that makes Americans panicked. It’s government officials. It’s the abuse of power by those who are in power and unelected bureaucrats. In fact, it’s this very fear that probably helped get Trump elected when he promised to “drain the swamp.” Love him or hate him, for most people, it probably wasn’t racism or hatred of the poor which caused people to vote for Trump.
The question that politicians and the media should be asking is why are people so afraid of government corruption? The answer, as you know if you’ve read this site for any amount of time, is that there have been too many instances of abuse of power, whether it is police officers using their position to beat people and rape women, or whether it’s politicians taking kick backs from large mutlinational corporations at the expense of the average American, or whether it’s the threat of martial law which so many recent administrations seem to have been considering. Not to mention that there is a history of our government at least considering lying to us (and probably actually doing so) so that they can get what they want for personal gain (see this article for evidence).
Look, I’m not one to recommend following the herd. After all, the biggest herds usually end up being someone’s cattle. But, in this case, I think people are smart to be concerned about government corruption. Having said that, being afraid of it and actually having the courage to throw the bums out of office and their bureaucrats with them is a different issue.
My suggestion? Be prepared to disappear out of the government’s grasp and go off grid. You know what to do.