I’ve seen some episodes on the net of a one time television series by the name of The Fear Factor, a show that centered around scaring the hell out of people and would go to extremes of make up and sound effects to accomplish that goal.
If that’s a process you think sounds vaguely familiar you’d be right as that is basically the premise of presidential election campaigns – the fear factor.
Doom and gloom, the apocalypse, Freddie under the bed or in the bath water if you fail to make the right choice in casting your ballot by voting for “the lesser of two evils”.
The lesser of two evils – a tacit admission that either way you go trouble looms, that the “choice” is your’s, you can either lose an arm or a leg but ultimately be you’ll be maimed.
Not much of an inspiration is it? And rather than face the reality people will ignore the obvious, ignore the lies, manipulations, even a candidates well documented history and cast their vote muttering the by rote recitation that they’re doing their duty and rising in defense of the republic.
As if it’s as simple as that – the fear factor, a mainstay of American politics, and strange that in every election whether it be local, state, or national the bogey man always makes an appearance having never actually be vanquished in prior elections.
Freddie’s return, a nightmare not on Elm Street but on Main street, or in the moment at hand Pennsylvania Avenue.
Hollywood couldn’t come up with this sort of stuff, it has all the elements of every B grade horror movie ever made wrapped into a single production and then some.
Like any movie there’s an assortment of extras who provide background, but in the end their role is to prop up the lead – to convince the audience that inspite of any differences the “star” actually is the hero or heroine and gee whiz can’t we all just get along?
Get along and set principles and conscience aside, go for the day old bread instead of the fresh, embrace the status quo, the fear factor.
Vote and then look under the bed and in the closet before retiring for the night or spend the next four years railing in forums about how it’s all going south and if people would only wake up.
There are valid concerns and reasons to be fearful, but the system is such that you either step up opting to lose a limb or you sit it out and await the next episode.
I don’t believe that a choice between Vampira and the Creature from the Black Lagoon or the way their respective roles are portrayed has a single thing to do with not leaving a light on at night – the better part of wisdom might be to leave two on, hang a little garlic over the door and stay away from lagoons, ponds, and other bodies of water.