Tuesday, September 22, 2020

The Silent Majority

 I can't recall the exact figures (and I'm too lazy to look them up), but a survey recently showed that a majority of conservative voters are afraid to let their true feelings be known. I'm not sure why this should occur, but it certainly is true--even in our suburban area. We have displayed our candidate's name on a garden flag placed in our front yard, and have already replaced both the flag and the metal holder once. And we'll do it again, and anticipate continuing to do so as long as necessary.

One of the things that marks our country is the freedom its citizens have to free expression. But it seems to me that expression has been progressively dampened over the years. Now, one group feels free to be more vocal--both verbally and physically--while the other fears retribution if they let their true feelings out. Maybe that's a false feeling, and if so, I apologize. But it sure seems that way to me.

It seems to me that the best way to express our desires and allegiance is with our ballot. There's some question about that process, but we plan to vote--a secret ballot cast in person--and hope that the result coincides with our desires. But even if it doesn't, we plan to continue our opposition--in public, if need be. How about you? Will you be part of the silent majority, or will you exercise your Constitutional right to speak out? 


Priscilla Bettis said...

You had to ask this question on the day nervous-Nelly-me saw a Portland video of these two white men detained in their pickup on the street by a BLM crowd. (It's a Sept 20th video that ended up on the Tatum Report.)

The two men weren't allowed to pass until they raised the BLM fist-symbol and said "black lives matter" loud enough. I cringe to think what would have happened to the two men if they actually had on MAGA hats or wore Trump tee shirts.

So I totally understand why a majority of conservative voters are afraid to voice their opinions publicly.

Anne Payne said...

A neighbor down the street from us has a Trump flag flying high and has had his car egged twice now in the last few days. Maybe there is no connection but maybe there is. He seems to think so. All the way around, it's a sad sad situation in our country, and it's only going to get worse.

Richard Mabry said...

Priscilla and Anne--the incidents your cite are, unfortunately, typical of our current climate. As I said, although I plan to keep replacing my garden flag which indicates my choice, I'll also vote--by secret ballot and in person. But I won't stop my allegiance after the election is over.

Patricia Bradley said...

I totally agree and will vote in person on Election Day.

Richard Mabry said...

Patricia, good for you.