Got your attention? Good. Have a look at this:
Libertarians are generally characterized by (misplaced) arrogance. Liberals are generally characterized by…well, I don’t actually know, but I’m sure I’ll get suggestions. Conservatives are generally characterized by fear.
It informs all their policies…. Read the rest here, at “A Movement of Cowards.” It is an excellent discussion of the way fear motivates. Fear motivates us all at times and to varying extent, but it mainly works on the cowards. Like Rand Paul and his head stomper, and Michele Bachmann and her ilk in the House.