Mika Brzezinski bullied by Joe Scarborough
Mika Brzezinski attempted to refocus appropriately the irrational fears of Americans to where it really should be. America’s gun culture is far more deadly to Americans than all terrorism combined.
Mika Brzezinski was referencing Mike Barnacle’s article in the Daily Beast, “The Only Thing They’re Selling Is Fear” that points out that Republican politicians are attempting to monopolize on fear.
Fear is hugely contagious. Used skillfully by politicians looking to manipulate voters it can become toxic and capable of infecting more than just a few. That’s what we have now. In Iowa. In New Hampshire. In South Carolina. In our country.
We have ‘a clockwork orange’ parade of candidates seeking to capitalize on the legitimate worry many have about where the world is headed. In the days since a matched and married pair of Islamic terrorists in San Bernardino shattered our slight sense of security people like Ted Cruz and Donald Trump have acted as if ISIL is a reincarnation of The Wehrmacht.
After Barnacle enumerated the fearmongering by Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Donald Trump, he wrote the following.
No wonder much of the country’s mood is a mix of anger, fear, frustration, crushed hopes and diminished dreams. Seven years ago a lot of people lost jobs, incomes, houses, health care, a lot of their net worth and even more of their optimism and belief that a combination of hard work and living by the law would mean a better future for them and their families. Didn’t work out that way for many of them. And what do most of those running to succeed Barack Obama offer: Be afraid. Be very afraid.
Mika Brzezinski elaborated on the irrational fear by pointing out that the data is clear. Americans need to be more concerned about the carnage inflicted by gun touting Americans than any terrorist in our country. Yet the debate never occurs on those terms. That caused a hyperventilating Joe Scarborough to verbally bully Mika Brzezinski for pointing out the facts.