Oct 3, 2016

The Entitlement People vs. The Silent Majority


The title for this post is derived from a comment submitted to a prior post.  The commenter was hoping that the silent majority comes out  from the shadows and votes for Trump, to begin to change the status quo.  As an advocate for decades on local issues,  I think that, unfortunately, the key word is silent,  and if so,  it doesn't matter if they are a majority or not.  Now, I will say this;  I believe that Trump has motivated a previous uninvolved citizen,  and I believe that such people will come out and vote for him.  The question is how big is that constituency?  The Democrats do have an organized ground game.  I think it's fair to say that the Trump camp is completely unorganized at getting out the vote.  He is depending on individual volition,  which doesn't have a strong track record when it comes to voting.

We are in an era where political fortune is determined by the entertainment industry.  The liberals are willing to have their opinions shaped by the writers for  Jon Stewart and SNL.  Likewise, the conservatives look for guidance from Rush Limbaugh and other talk show disc jockeys.

I'm blessed by not being politically invested in this presidential election.  When I go to breakfast the morning after, on November 9th,  I will be equally entertained by both the happy camp winners, and the despondent losers.

7 comments:

Ray Nemeth Sr said...

Trump does not have the organized ground game that the democrats have, but do not underestimate his real grass roots ground game, It is very broad and deep and it has been intense, The Trump people will come out and vote. The whole strategy of the media and the Clinton surrogates is to humiliate, degrade, and embarrass the people who support Trump from voting. Voter suppression worked with Romney, but I have yet to hear a Trump supporter who has stated they have switched to Clinton or Johnson or will not vote. On the other hand I have heard of Clinton supporters who will vote for Johnson, that is why the media and surrogates are now trashing Johnson. Trump supporters need to stay firm and understand the onslaught that Trump has endured. We all know his shortcomings as a politician, but I don't know of anyone who could have endured the tsunami he has.

doug_b said...

This is from 1949

The following was nationally distributed in the United States by the Associated Press and appeared in the New York Daily News on Friday, November 4, 1949. The measures being referenced are those in the Fair Deal, the cradle-to-grave welfare state proposal of President Harry S Truman to follow up on Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal of the 1930s.

ODE TO THE WELFARE STATE

Mr. Truman’s St. Paul, Minn., pie-for-everybody speech last night reminded us that, at the tail-end of the recent session of Congress, Republican Clarence J. Brown (R-Ohio) jammed into the Congressional Record the following poem, describing its author only as a “prominent Democrat of the State of Georgia”:

Democratic Dialog

Father, must I go to work?
No, my lucky son.
We’re living now on Easy Street
On dough from Washington.

We’ve left it up to Uncle Sam,
So don’t get exercised.
Nobody has to give a damn—
We’ve all been subsidized.

But if Sam treats us all so well
And feeds us milk and honey,
Please, daddy, tell me what the hell
He’s going to use for money.

Don’t worry, bub, there’s not a hitch
In this here noble plan—
He simply soaks the filthy rich
And helps the common man.

But, father, won’t there come a time
When they run out of cash
And we have left them not a dime
When things will go to smash?

My faith in you is shrinking, son,
You nosy little brat;
You do too damn much thinking, son,
To be a Democrat.

Jamie Kelton said...

I do like the Goldwater poster you posted this morning Mr Molovinski. My dad's father (my grandfather) voted for him, probably one of the few in Allentown who did.

What we are witnessing is a negative election. Yes, there are people who support Trump and people who support Clinton because they believe in those candidates (as much as anyone can believe in someone) and support their positions. The silent majorly though are the many Americans who don't like where our nation is going but also don't particularly care for either Trump or Clinton; or they have a visceral dislike for one of the other. I think that's where most voters are so they're going to vote for the one they dislike the least.

Jamie Kelton said...

You touched on something else. The "Saturday Night Live" skit in the video.

You used to be able to get away from politics. At least when I was growing up in the 1980s you could. It wasn't infested in everywhere and everything as it is now, and I'm not just referring to this election. For some reason actors and actresses seem to need to make sure we know their political views. I don't really care, I want to watch a movie or a television show and enjoy the plot, not think that I don't like Ben Afflick or Angelina Jolie because of their political views which they shove in front of our faces. Now it's sports with the players doing one thing or another to protest one damn thing or another. Hey, just play the fucking game will you ?

Ray Nemeth Sr said...

Does anyone not believe that the NFL has been pressured by the Obama administration to allow this to go on, probably with threats of anti-trust lawsuits, it seems everyone is being forced to take a position, or suffer the consequences. If any of us would protest while on company time we would be reprimanded or fired. What is done on their own time is their business.

Scott Armstrong said...

Mike,

I would like to make one point; although conservatives may listen to Rush and watch FOX NEWS they live in a liberal America. Their entertainment, their public schools,almost every college and university, all of the media(outside of the above mentioned), magazines, newspapers, many of their churches, and now even sports is politicized with a liberal message. So they know how liberals think and what they believe. Conversely,liberals can live a lifetime ignorant of conservative tenets and social goals. How would they know what conservatives really think or believe? Their knowledge of conservatism is too often limited to what they have gleaned through the above liberal entities and that isn't accurate.
Therefore one may concluded that America's real critical thinkers are on the right. They have made the conscience decision to go against the main stream. So although the left/media paints us as stupid zombies they look back and think, really?

Scott Armstrong said...

the last sentence should read "So, although the media paints conservatives as stupid zombies conservatives look back and think, really?

Sorry, whipped it out in a rush earlier.