Ladies and gentlemen, we live in a dangerous world. We don’t know whether, when or where terrorists will strike again. If elected, I will do all that is humanly and humanely possible to protect this nation and its people. But I must level with you: there are no guarantees of safety. And the search for absolute security is itself full of risk.
History is replete with leaders who have risen to power by playing on people’s fears and assuring them they will be protected. They diagnose the illness—and then prescribe themselves as the cure.
Fear is the most primal of human emotions. It’s a God-given response to danger. But it’s a short path from heeding dangers to being overcome by irrational fears; it’s a quick trip from acting out of fear to letting fears control us.