For 68 years, ever since Pearl Harbor, Americans have dealt with fear – fear of Germany, communism and more recently al Qaeda. Today neither the President, the opposition party, nor those on the street are mentioning security issues. Why the sudden lack of fear? People on the street rather than entrenched experts once worried about China threatening a financial meltdown in order to get its way in the world, and before illegal Hispanics began going home because they suddenly couldn’t find work, some usually unpolitical Americans theorized about a conspiracy to take over US culture. So the lack of fear now spread from the top down and the bottom up is something almost none of us ever experienced.