As a society, we’re very afraid, aren’t we? If you listen to our “leaders” (since when did elected representatives turn into leaders, I wonder), we should be cowering in our beds.

Fear of Gays, fear of Blacks, fear of Browns, fear of Athiests, fear of Arabs, fear of terrorists, fear of immigrants, fear of inner cities, fear of drugs, fear of the future, fear of “the other”.

Fear of the poor has replaced compassion for the poor.

Progressives believe in freedoms. Like, for example, freedom from fear:
Freedom from Fear, by Norman Rockwell