I usually stay well away from political topics on my Blusher’s Blog. But not today. Today, politics are once again becoming more and more infused with fear – one of this blog’s main topics. Fear affects people not only on a singular, personal scale. It can have nationwide, even global consequences. This is a personal (and yes, political) essay on how fear has affected the world before, and how we’re seeming to steer into that skid yet again today.