Last week, Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) said on a news show that 10 ISIS fighters had recently been caught at the Southern border of the United States. These fighters, he added, were attempting to infiltrate the country so they could carry out terrorist acts on American soil. Within the hour, the Department of Homeland Security issued a strongly worded statement which completely debunked Congressman Hunter’s wildly paranoid accusations. But his behavior is symptomatic of a larger problem: the constant use of fear by those on the Right to frighten the American populace. And this fearmongering never fails to include an attack on President Obama. Only months before Congressman Hunter uttered these obviously ludicrous words, Republicans had been contending that immigrants coming into the United States from Mexico were carrying diseases such as leprosy and Ebola. The reason for this repeated use of fear is as simple as it is pernicious: the Right wing has no positive plan or policy for the problems which confront the nation. Instead, they traffic in fear and psychological intimidation. Their tactics are reminiscent of those used by tyrants throughout history. And, when all is said and done, they will wind up in the same dustbin of rejected dogma that holds the failed ideas of the past.