No avoiding it: Trump stirring the silent majority
The term "silent majority" re-entered our lexicon this past week, when Donald Trump exclaimed, "The silent majority is back, and we're going to take the country back!"
The expression "silent majority" was first uttered in a 1969 speech by President Richard Nixon, when he stated, "And so tonight – to you, the great silent majority of my fellow Americans – I ask for your support."
President Nixon had argued that he feared an immediate withdrawal from Vietnam and that he sought a "peace with honor" calculus for ending the years long conflict.
Today, as then, a very vocal minority (of leftists) appears to be running roughshod over many aspects of American society: culture, law, economics, and politics.
Trump appears to have tapped into an issue – illegal immigration, which has reawakened a slumbering component of society, or the silent majority.
I have argued for years that:
A) we (conservatives) are the majority, the ideological center of America, and
B) it's not that we're silent, but that our "collective voices" are not being heard.
As a collective ideology, the left has an organizational advantage. When its elites determine a path "forward," they communicate marching orders throughout their chain of command: politicians and jurists; social, cultural, and religious activists; business leaders; academicians; and media sycophants.
The left's "drones" (h/t Mark Levin) advance their ideology until they're provided new orders. Same-sex marriage, illegal immigration, abortion, Keynesian economics, appeasement, whatever. Once a path is set, liberals (seemingly) follow orders, without question. Apple's 1985 Super Bowl ad "Lemmings" comes to mind.
Individualism, our greatest virtue (as conservatives), is our biggest (tactical) weakness. While I believe that we are equally passionate about the issues of the day, it is my contention that it is harder to rally our (individual) people to common causes. We are summer soldiers. We will occasionally come the defense of an issue of import (Chick-fil-A, government spending, the VA, etc.), but once we think an issue resolved, we resign to our homes, our work, our families, and our faith.
Are we silent? No! What Trump has tapped in to, and I don't think it's so much about Trump, is the anger that the base has in not being heard. I sometimes feel as though I'm in a well, screaming at the top of my lungs – please hear me!
I was told in 2009 that if we gave the House to Republicans, my voice would be heard. Boehner was handed the gavel in 2010. Boehner, et al. then exclaimed, "What can we do, we're one half, of one third of government."
I was told in 2012 that if we gave the Senate to Republicans, my voice would be heard. Boehner and McConnell then fast-tracked a budget in cooperation with Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, but said "we're going to hold the line on Obama's executive amnesty." They subsequently folded.
Backroom deals. Glad-handing Obama, Reid, and Pelosi. Equivocating. Capitulation. Surrender.
I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore!
Donald Trump is not my first choice for Republican candidate for president, but as long as he's willing to (figuratively) punch Obama, Reid, Pelosi, and the Democrat smear machine in the face, I've got his back.
We must rally as a movement to be heard. I will support any and every candidate that stands athwart the "fundamental transformation" of our great nation.
We shan't be silent anymore. It's time to rise from our wells, and band together to shout – no more!