The New Silent Majority

Anything you can do, even if you are successful, I can do better... and I can yell louder than you so I must be right.
Anything you can do, even if you are successful, I can do better... and I can yell louder than you so I must be right.

Ignorance and Mob Mentality Rule

Why would anyone want to be President of this country? For President Obama its not only the most difficult job but the most thankless job in the world. No matter what this man does, no matter how hard he tries, no matter how thoughtful and intelligent his actions, no matter how methodical or sensible his logic, this selfish society seems to do nothing but complain and find fault. What happened to just being an American? Someone who follows their leadership and comes together with the rest of the country for the betterment of all. The old cliche; "our country, right or wrong". Its really shameful to watch what has become mob thinking and rule.

There was a time when being an American meant supporting our government, being just, and being part of something envied throughout the world. Now we are becoming a bunch of whiny, ungrateful complainers with nothing but our own personal interests at heart. Liberty isn't just for those who want to freely throw tantrums, liberty also means accepting the results of an election, seeing both sides of a disagreement, and working to solve problems together. Working for the improvement of the entire society, not just those who shout the loudest should be the mantra. Today it seems politicians are not concerned with the job but rather their own re-election and the general public is either totally complacent or screaming about some aspect of some real or imagined injustice that has been imposed upon their person and is cause for their undeserved angst. They, of course, bear no responsibility or fault for anything.

I am the first to recognize America's good qualities but the unity of the past is quickly being replaced with cynicism and hate. This country is full of good hearted, well intentioned people who are failing to stand up to the hate mongers and bullies. They are having their voices shouted down and react by staying isolated within their own homes and familiar groups. They are the new silent majority who need to wake up and act. We need to rediscover our unity of purpose.

It is said, those who fail to consider history are doomed to repeat it. The new silent majority need to be awakened, to be reminded of the patriotism and sacrifice that brought us to this day. If we continue to permit the status quo, we will truly get what we deserve and I do not believe it will be what we want.

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burning bush 6 years ago Author

Dolores, I appreciate you adding your thoughts. I too, wonder why this situation has come about and have concluded it is the result of the fractured family unit and failure of our education system. You can define a family however you want but when that family has no formal structure to direct and support it's members, then it fails both itself and society. A family must be more than just a bunch of people living together. In the end, this encourages a the "me-first" attitude which now saturates our culture. A formal education is essential to the decision making process, as well as the creative awareness needed to promote a strong, unified and growth oriented community. Until families once again are perceived as having value and higher education becomes a mandatory part of personal development, the screamers and hate mongers will continue to abuse the rest of us as we stand by and stay silent accepting the will of the loudest. We too, should make a little noise.

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Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

Of course people criticized Prez Bush. But they did not portray him as a monkey, or claim that he was not born in America, or spew the venom that we have heard for the past 2 years. I seem to remember the 'libs' saying, when Bush was elected, 'well, let's give him a chance.' And even the 'liberal press' stood by him after 911. I never once heard a radio commentator claim that Prez Bush wanted to destroy American. It is different this time. I wonder why.

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burning bush 6 years ago Author

R.Z. I did read and I do. Regards to the peacock.

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rickzimmerman 6 years ago from Northeast Ohio

Hey, b.b. (and KFlippin, too), you might like my 'Patriotic Peacock'. Regards, Rick Z

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burning bush 6 years ago Author

Always appreciate your rants Bobbi. Thanks

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BobbiRant 6 years ago from New York

Well some comments here do prove your points. Great hub I must say. We don't get health care because, while the Conservatives love to point out, especially with gay marriage; 'how about what the majority want?' It didn't work with health care (the majority of Americans wanted it)yet they want it to work for them, because they do think they are right all the time. They also like the Constitution, especially the 2nd Amendment but now they don't like the 14th. They like what suits their purpose. Good job, good hub!!

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burning bush 6 years ago Author

KFlippin, I'm not sure its a good idea to perpetuate this conversation but I am sorry you think I don't want to hear your opinions. I replied in fashion to your previous comments because they seemed to illustrate the point I attempted to make in my original hub. The use of terms "left-wing liberals", and "hijack", or statements like "Our electorate did not knowingly elect a POTUS and cabinet and czars whose primary goal is to 'change' the essence of America, penalize the lives of innocent Americans for the 'salvation of the world'" tend to be inflammatory in tone and really don't add substance to a discussion. I wasn't making political arguments, I was making observations about the nature of public discourse. As to the healthcare issue, I have read the Constitution and understand it is open to varied interpretation. Both parties have applied the Commerce Clause and many other laws, as well as legitimate parlimentary manuevers in an effort to advance legislation. No one "hijacked" anything and I failed to understand what you were implying or why. 'Nuff Said. FIN

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KFlippin 6 years ago from Amazon

You've provided an excellent example of empty, negative, and superficial rebuttal and baseless criticism of what you don't wish to hear, in response to my words which were stated quite politely and clearly.

And it would be wise of you to explore the Commerce Clause and the long term ramifications of its re-definition via the new health care bill 'tax'.

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burning bush 6 years ago Author

Good point LRC. However if you are not part of their perceived constituency, you just won't get anything but lip-service. A blue voter in a red state or vice versa should not expect much of a response from today's politicians. I know I'm painting with a broad brush but I believe most politicos concentrate their efforts to placate the party base so they can be re-elected. There is no reward in attempting to represent all their constituents and we-the-people perpetuate this behaviour by failing to demand higher ethics, morals, standards, and accomplishments from our elected representatives.

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LRCBlogger 6 years ago

Burning, one thing I want to point out to the readers. You made reference that if we don't like our congressional leaders, we can vote them out. I have something that is far more powerful. Here it is: Organize and contact them with your belief, message, ideas, etc. I've been very involved with my lawmakers and several times I have seen them change their vote based on feedback from their constituents. If they feel that the voting block who put them in office is opposed to their views, you can bet that many times they will change. I have seen countless examples of this happening.

It's a great feeling when you mobilize people to call, email, and write to their elected officials to get something done. Being part of democracy is an amazing high.

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burning bush 6 years ago Author

First let me say that having a civil discourse when we disagree is exactly my point. I did not say that we should ignore the actions of our government nor did I say American society does not give to the needy. You have distorted my words which is precisely the problem we face. Compromise and accord will never be acheived by the recitation of slogans and talking-points or the twisting of words. Debate must be on the merits of one's position, not by knocking down the other when you are unable to articulate a better idea. You make reference to how President Bush was treated. You are correct but does that make it alright to refer our current President as a Nazi, liar, socialist agitator, or communist? Apparently you do and that, again is my point. How on earth does any of that benefit us as a society? It doesn't. As I said to DaveRave, we are all diminished by this kind of behaviour and it needs to stop before we find ourselves gridlocked eternally. Last issue. You make reference to the Commerce Clause and its use to "legitamize" the health care bill as being a change of the very core of this Nation. I would like to respond but I have no idea what you mean. I confess complete ignorance of the "Commerce Clause" and how it was used to hijack healthcare. And since we are on the subject, how has the implementation of the healthcare act negatively affected your access to health services?

My intent KFlippin is not to be critical of your concerns which I am certain are genuine, but rather to emphasize that the negative and superficial manner by which you express them will never achieve positive results. I don't necessarily agree with Dave Raves but he presents his position without being derogatory about mine. I hope I did the same. We need to give respect to each other regardless of political leanings. Then answers will come or you might be destined to run for Congress.

I remain your follower.

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KFlippin 6 years ago from Amazon

??? I don't recall any good ever coming of Americans turning their heads and not looking closely at those in positions of power to change the course of their lives, and the lives of generations to come.

And I can assure you that President Bush received far far more criticism and ridicule and disrespect, it was unprecedented, and still continues to this day. You seem to have forgotten that the left wing liberals actually made a movie in which Bush was assasinated - it doesn't get any worse than that, except the acceptance and applause for the effort by many.

Your words are well said, and in another time, another situation, they would be laudable, that time is not now. Our electorate did not knowingly elect a POTUS and cabinet and czars whose primary goal is to 'change' the essence of America, penalize the lives of innocent Americans for the 'salvation of the world'.

As DaveRaves said -- this is no Kumbaya moment in history.

Even if you thought every dollar wasted by this administration was 'okey-dokey' to quote O from yesterday -- the hijacking of the Commerce Clause, required to legitamize the health care bill tax, would be a change of the very core of this Nation.

There is nothing selfish about American society, they give and give, without government direction, more dollars and time to the poor and unfortunate than any other Nation on this earth.

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burning bush 6 years ago Author

LRC, thank you for taking a stand. It is the loud and hateful voice which has overtaken reason and thoughtful discourse. In a democratic system, it's imperative that society support the government for which the majority voted. That is not socialism or some other heinous act, it is simply supporting our elected representatives so they can do their job. If you don't approve of their service, then vote them out. The loudest voice is not proof of being right and opposing the majority will only cause a backlash when the next group comes to power. We will become the like the Middle-East, forever fighting tit-for-tat until we forget the reasons for which we started fighting. I seriously worry we are headed toward anarchy if people don't settle down and be civil once more. Perhaps it's melodramatic to say but I am concerned. Thanks again for your kind words of support.

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LRCBlogger 6 years ago

I feel like this hub agrees so much with my own thoughts, I feel like I wrote it. It is so strange to me that many conservatives have called me "un-american" for supporting the president. The truth is that a loud and hateful voice has taken center stage (mostly due to our media coverage and reporting giving them so much attention) and ration, reason, and logic have taken a back seat.

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Jewels 6 years ago from Australia

Not only are there the silent majority in the political arena, but the ignorance applies to the medical system, the food system and no doubt many systems I can't name at the moment. We all need to wake up, but the blue pills are so powerful.

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burning bush 6 years ago Author

Dave - First thank you for your thoughtful comment. I do believe the verbal abuse toward and lack of respect for the opinion of others has increased many-fold since the last election. Civility and decency along with the presentation of ideas for debate is no longer even considered. Its not a lack of parity, its the lack of any willingness to compromise or accept a position other than one of opposition. There is no exchange of ideas or intelligent debate, just party talking points repeated over and over again. I am convinced that politicians are just opportunists, unable to obtain gainful employment elsewhere, who use their elected status like a contestant on American Idol to seek fame and fortune for themselves. The beauty of this country is its diversity and ability to find commonality in that mix. It is commonality and compromise that make for parity, not a balance of equal numbers.

You and I are doing here what our representatives are supposed to do; take positions based on credible, thoughtful ideas and debate an issue with civility. Calling the President, be it Bush, Clinton or Obama, a Nazi, a liar, or cheater does nothing, in my mind, to further one's argument. Its a sign of ignorance and low intelligence. We are all diminished by this behaviour, whatever or whoever it's source. You and I, all of us, deserve better.

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DaveRaves 6 years ago

Don't expect a Kumbaya moment anytime soon. Politics has always been a rough game for all our history. The only time we seem to come together is during a major crisis (ie WWII). Obama is not getting any worse treatment than Bush or others. To get actual civil dialogue, the government needs to be in balance. When one side cannot force its will on the other, discussion and compromise will by necessity follow. Look at the Clinton years. It was only after we had a Repub Congress and Dem White House that things started moving forward. Economy, Budget and other agendas passed only after there was a balance in place. Both sides still had their gripes but at least each was represented which helped tone it down.

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burning bush 6 years ago Author

I sincerely appreciate your comment.

soumyasrajan 6 years ago from Mumbai India and often in USA

Hi! Burning Bush

Very good article. Many now feel exactly like you. It is not just in USA, I have lived in Mumbai and often visit USA, Europe for long periods. In all these places some how idea of mob mentality/justice or justice via TV, media or press is resisted much less.

Right to consider a person innocent until proved beyond doubt guilty is decreasing. It is not a healthy trend.

I do not think silent majority is part of this trend. With both partners in married life working and spending most of their time outside home they have become slave of work rather than passing life with pleasure in family and friends and forming opinions.

It is only silent majority of those who can come on tv etc. and make noise or political leaders or NGO leaders who can collect a mob of few hundreds.

In a comment on another site I was arguing to create some NGO's who can get working hours reduced to say 5 hours including time spent on professional telephones, emails, sms etc. at home.

NGO's to bring back -Right for better family life with employment.

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