"The Scream" painting by Edvard Munch was sold for nearly $120 million to an anonymous buyer Wednesday at Sotheby's in New York. Was the buyer perhaps one of the Koch brothers? I ask because when I look at the “The Scream” painting, I am reminded of the Republican Agenda of Fear.
Republicans have always used fear when campaigning for office and they keep using their scare tactics and ominous warnings in the 2012 election campaign: Democrats will raise your taxes!!! They will increase government regulation! Increase the debt and cause a cataclysmic economic collapse that will make the earth shake under your feet! They will take your guns away and let terrorists and immigrant criminals flood your neighborhood, taking your jobs and killing your family! Democrats will pass laws that will kill babies, kill Jesus (he is already dead and resurrected but it may still work), will make your partner, your children and your whole redneck town gay! They will make the price of oil soar through the roof and force you to ride a bicycle to work and exercise, will force you to eat broccoli, and so on. I am sure you know a few more. There are so many.
For once I look with a bit of nostalgia to the Bush years: Republican fear mongering was limited to mentions of 911 and warnings of terrorist attacks.