The 9 Most Terrifying Words

William L. Gensert
Ronald Reagan said the 9 most terrifying words in the English language were:

"I'm from the government, and I'm here to help."

I disagree, the nine most frightening words I have ever heard are:

"I am Barack Obama, and I approve this message."

Sometimes when I am watching TV, and the commercial break comes, I will occasionally turn away for a moment -- only to hear America's most arrogant utter that dreaded phrase with utter seriousness -- I can't help but cringe. 

It's as if death itself has reached out its shriveled arm and with icy, steely fingers grabbed me by the throat and is trying to throttle the life out of me with all its promise of hope and change.

Inevitably, I break out in a cold sweat as my heart beats faster and my breathing becomes labored.  I am scared, for what comes after is truly terrifying.

I know with certainty, all that follows will be blatant and unabashed lies.  It will be an unapologetic attempt to portray the misery of these last 3 ½ years as success.  It will be scarily simplistic, seeking to divide America along class lines.  It will reek of racialism and bitterness and envy. 

I will be diminished just by listening, and those who believe...those who believe, will surrender their humanity to the 'one,' and the world will be a poorer place for it. 

And the saddest thing of all -- and the reason those words frighten me so, is that despite all that has happened, and all that looms on the horizon with this most disastrous of Presidents, when he says the words "I am Barack Obama, and I approve this message," many people will still believe what comes next.

Ronald Reagan said the 9 most terrifying words in the English language were:

"I'm from the government, and I'm here to help."

I disagree, the nine most frightening words I have ever heard are:

"I am Barack Obama, and I approve this message."

Sometimes when I am watching TV, and the commercial break comes, I will occasionally turn away for a moment -- only to hear America's most arrogant utter that dreaded phrase with utter seriousness -- I can't help but cringe. 

It's as if death itself has reached out its shriveled arm and with icy, steely fingers grabbed me by the throat and is trying to throttle the life out of me with all its promise of hope and change.

Inevitably, I break out in a cold sweat as my heart beats faster and my breathing becomes labored.  I am scared, for what comes after is truly terrifying.

I know with certainty, all that follows will be blatant and unabashed lies.  It will be an unapologetic attempt to portray the misery of these last 3 ½ years as success.  It will be scarily simplistic, seeking to divide America along class lines.  It will reek of racialism and bitterness and envy. 

I will be diminished just by listening, and those who believe...those who believe, will surrender their humanity to the 'one,' and the world will be a poorer place for it. 

And the saddest thing of all -- and the reason those words frighten me so, is that despite all that has happened, and all that looms on the horizon with this most disastrous of Presidents, when he says the words "I am Barack Obama, and I approve this message," many people will still believe what comes next.