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WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO THE SILENT MAJORITY?

Posted by Tim Bryce on February 25, 2020

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– And why are they remaining quiet?

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READER: “Tim, why do people ‘privatize’ their political thoughts?” (C.P. of Tarpon Springs, FL)

Back in 1969, President Richard Nixon coined the expression “Silent Majority” when referring to normal citizens who were patriotic and God-fearing, yet silent in their political beliefs. Keep in mind, this was the end of the 1960’s, a turbulent decade which bore witness to civil rights demonstrations, Viet Nam War protests, urban riots, political assassinations, hippies, yippies, and political activism. It was a time denoted by the rise of the Baby Boomers; a time when our culture was changing (e.g., music, movies, fashion, vernacular, etc.), a drug culture emerged, and our morality began to change. The “Silent Majority” could not relate to such changes, and preferred a more stable way of life. It was this group who elected Richard Nixon over former VP Hubert Humphrey in 1968, and over Sen. George McGovern in 1972. It will also be this group who will carry President Trump over the winner’s line in November.

Ultimately, the Silent Majority represents the status quo, something young people naturally resist and try to overcome. We saw this in the 1960’s, and we are seeing it again in the present decade. In both instances, the press covered the changes to our culture and even cultivated it.

Getting back to the reader’s question though, why is the majority silent? Have they been intimidated and now afraid to speak up? Frankly, No. As evidence, consider the massive Trump rallies. No matter where President Trump goes, it is always a Standing Room Only (SRO) affair, and the silent majority voices their support. Such events represent more of a pep rally as opposed to a traditional political speech. By doing so, President Trump energizes his political base.

Aside from the rallies, most Americans just want to get on with their lives, which is why they are reluctant to wave flags, march in protests, or write editorials or simple letters to the editor.

So, why do people “privatize” their political thoughts? Simple:

1. Many people were not born with the gift of gab or know how to articulate their thoughts in print. It is not something they were gifted with in their school years, and explains why they are reluctant to do so today.

2. Some people are more timid than others. They are either too bashful or too courteous to say something derogatory about anyone or anything. They have either been trained to avoid the limelight or it is simply not in their DNA to complain.

3. The biggest reason though is people are consumed by their work and family. Both require considerable time and effort to master. This affords them little time to voice their political displeasure. They simply want time to relax and rest. To such people, they would rather be fishing, playing golf, or some other entertainment vehicle as opposed to butting heads with others over politics. Nevertheless, these are the people who quietly pay their taxes, come to the defense of the country, and vote.

If we had a responsible news media who would fairly represent both sides of the political drama, it wouldn’t be necessary for people to voice their opinion as they could formulate it on their own. However, because of the irresponsibility of the news media, it is important for the silent majority to voice their concern if, for no other reason, than to seek the truth.

My children have grown into adulthood and are finding their place in society. I have told them the day will come when they will have to take a stand on politics. Currently, they are more concerned with work and their jobs, as I was at their age. However, I noticed as I got older, some members from my school years began to voice liberal dogma and, as such, I felt obliged to take them to task. At some point, my children, as members of the Silent Majority, will have to do likewise.

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is an author, freelance writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 40 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb1557@gmail.com

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9 Responses to “WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO THE SILENT MAJORITY?”

  1. Tim Bryce said

    A B.B. of Dunedin, Florida wrote…

    “The Silent Majority is speaking more these days than in the past through making small or large contributions on-line. This way they can express themselves without offending their friends or otherwise making a statement in public.”

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  2. Tim Bryce said

    A C.M. of Florida wrote…

    “Excellent. I do believe this speaks to many of us. I just happen to be a bit more “vocal” in print and more observant and cautious in person in order to gather my thoughts to write.”

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  3. Tim Bryce said

    A J.N. of Tampa, Florida wrote…

    “You forgot one of the most prominent reasons the vast majority remain silent and it to do with bullying: Fear of being targeted
    To speak up in this time and this culture is to reveal yourself to the hoards of uncivil, inconsiderate and downright violent opposers who are never reluctant to attack you as a person for what you represent to them. Attacks in public and in private are what occur for anyone they view as a a threat to their ideology. The press applies undue pressures as well and if you are unfortunate to have one of them as an employer, you could loos your job.

    The environment is hostile that surrounds the silent majority and they have little recourse when they become a target if they opt to speak their mind.

    When a rally occurs, they see it as an opportunity to speak. However, they also have to live with the after effects of their public participation if they come back into their usual hostile haunts.”

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  4. Lawrence Marlin said

    Well written. It is always a question: why are conservatives so often reluctant to find their voices? We have often seen this reluctance lead to some of society’s worst governments. Yet so many sit and watch it happen. I’m guessing it is because many conservatives are productive people who are afraid their statements might hurt business. That concern never seems to bother the left. I hope conservatives will stand up and confront the left now. Someone has to do it. Thank you Tim for being one of those people who will stand up. And. thank you Donald Trump.

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  5. Joe Duhamel said

    There are a few other reasons. In many cases, thanks to social media, voicing political opinion online can lead to a backlash from friends and business associates who happen to see your activity. You could even jeopardize business relationships for yourself or even your employer. Politics, like religion, are divisive by nature and is one of the many reasons that are taboo in certain civic organizations of which we are both well familiar. Cheers!!

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  6. Adelle Blackman said

    I agree to a point. There are plenty of us standing up and my daughter is already doing the same. She understands that if the DEMS win its over for America, her freedom lost. When your children understand that they staart fighting and trying to educate the idiots who were ruined by the liberals lying in the school system. We must take back the school system, its almost bad as Cuba, in some ways worse, as they are pushing homo and trans.

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  7. Tim Bryce said

    A J.N. of Tampa, Florida wrote…

    ” You forgot one of the most prominent reasons the vast majority remain silent and it has to do with bullying: Fear of being targeted

    To speak up in this time and this culture is to reveal yourself to the hoards of uncivil, inconsiderate and downright violent opposers who are never reluctant to attack you as a person for what you represent to them. Attacks in public and in private are what occur for anyone they view as a a threat to their ideology. The press applies undue pressures as well and if you are unfortunate to have one of them as an employer, you could loos your job.
    The environment is hostile that surrounds the silent majority and they have little recourse when they become a target if they opt to speak their mind.”

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  8. Tim Bryce said

    A W.H. of Boulder, Colorado wrote…

    “Simply put, they don’t want to engage in a public argument with friends or strangers over something like this. Politics today is so divisive, people just naturally want to avoid any confrontational episodes if at all possible.”

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