They are both scare tactics, employed to recieve a specific response from the public. A never ending excuse to expand the powers of government and restrict civil liberties.
Both are exaggerated (or perhaps in a large way fabricated?) to achieve just that. A genius idea, really: both sides of the electorate are distracted by a different concern. And one side so willing to dismiss one issue takes the other one very seriously.
But at the end of the day, government action can do little to solve either problem.
In the case of terrorism, it was government action which caused the problem to begin with – we brought violence and instruments of war to an already volatile region, and tried to solve the problem by using Vietnam style half measures. Perhaps ISIS would have come about anyway; but it didn’t help matters much to have been FUNDING them in their early stages of development.
And however the US government responds to this problem, likely it will resemble what has already been done – and what was responsible for the rise of terror in the first place. Bottom line? The problem will be made worse.
As for climate change: the science will never be completely settled on if man is responsible for changing the Earth’s temperature. Science can give us theories, backed up with evidence, but still theories and nothing more.
If we are responsible for it, what will it take to reverse the trend? Hybrid cars and recycling plastics? No, it will need to be much more than that. For the Earth to repair itself, we would have to throw ourselves back practically in the middle ages – and that’s certainly not going to happen.
If it is purely natural, and Earth goes through natural shifts in temperature over long periods of time, then there is absolutely nothing we can do about it. How arrogant we would be to say that a government of mere men can reverse the force of nature! I suppose they can also stop hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, floods, simply by passing laws and enabling agencies to pass regulations?
All said and done, no matter what you believe personally about either of these issues, we must all realize that there is nothing this government can do to prevent them. Acts of terror will happen, and the Earth will change temperature. The only thing government can do in response to these things is restrict our civil liberties (and have us pay for the privilege) and that won’t help the situation one bit.
No matter what you feel about either of these issues, I ask that you always know this: your government can’t do a thing about it.