Franklin Roosevelt began his presidency with this rallying cry: “…the only thing we have to fear is fear itself--nameless, unjustified terror.” Well, that was then. Today’s politicians embrace fear. They stoke it, hoping to turn terror into votes. They see what we have become. They see that our star-spangled banner no longer waves over the home of the brave. They see a people grown fearful, armed to the teeth, angry at the world. They make speeches not to appeal to our better natures but to our fear and loathing. And too late, we see we’ve become what we hate.