Among the motives are a sense of self-importance for being chosen and elected by peers. Sometimes people serve to try to make a difference for their children or to express political viewpoints and even because it is a duty. Others enjoy the political process and they want to make sure things are reasonable but the biggest motivator I have seen is fear. People are afraid about the future, for themselves and their children. They are afraid Common Core is going to destroy education and brainwash their children. They are afraid ISIS will attack and kill more Americans. They are afraid that President Obama is going to [fill in the blank with fear of choice].
Fear is such a powerful motivator that all sides use it to drive people to the polls and generate millions in revenue on talk radio and news shows.
The effect of the fear is that the people who are elected to participate have much stronger and more one-sided views than the general population. This is even more extreme with the party’s central committee. This is especially true when there is a low turnout on caucus night.—Utah Politico Hub
In the five years before Christopher’s death, the Albuquerque Police Department shot thirty-eight people, killing nineteen of them. More than half were mentally ill. In Albuquerque, a city of five hundred and fifty thousand, the rate of fatal shootings by police is eight times that of New York City. Renetta vaguely remembered hearing about many of the deaths in the local media. Nearly every time, the police announced that the person who had been shot was violent, a career criminal, or mentally ill. “I just assumed that these men must have done something to merit being killed,” she said. “On the news, they relayed these really sinister stories about the men, and they’d flash these horrible pictures. They looked frightening.”
Grover, the former sergeant, said that when officers shot someone the department typically ordered a “red file” on the deceased. “The special-investigations division did a complete background on the person and came up with any intelligence to identify that, you know, twenty years ago, maybe, the person got tagged for shoplifting,” he said. “Then they gave the red file to the chief.”—The New Yorker