Fear indeed! Fear keeps those radio talk show hosts in business. Fear keeps the gun shop owners and gun show promoters in business. Fear is what has more than doubled right-wing extremist groups in the past year.
"The only thing we have to fear…is fear itself!" A wise man once said that. He knew then - as any historian knows now — that fear is perhaps the greatest enabler of persecution, of tyranny, of atrocity.
This, too, will pass. In the decades to come, when whites are no longer the majority race in America and the Republican party finally confronts its own imminent marginalization, then and only then will they begin to realize the magnitude of the long-term error of Kevin Phillips' Southern Strategy, his cognizance of the Southern whites' Fear of a Black Planet. Perhaps it will then be too late to avoid marginalization… but given the fact that both major political parties have remade themselves before, there is hope for them yet. But it will surely be a painful transition, as all political upheavals are wont to be.