Ok, I guess referring to myself as a member of the silent majority and then proceeding to state some of the various political positions is kind of backwards. Oh well, I liked the title, so let’s go with it.
Now, I am not claiming that my positions align fully with the silent masses who have helped shape our current political landscape. However, I do make it a point to try and speak with folks with whom I’m comfortable opening up to yet do not readily share their views. After enough of these encounters, I am reasonably convinced that we line up on the big points. So, without further ado, here we are. The silent majority!!
Point 1) We elected Trump. Backwoods WV rednecks (whom I have nothing against) and terrified/angry trailer park occupants (whom I also have nothing against) did not get this done. They didn’t swing North Carolina, or Michigan or Pennsylvania or Wisconsin. It was me, the college educated, moderate republican who picked the candidate that most aligns with my vision for the future of America. We did it & we are not sorry…
Point 2) We are not racists, or bigots or homophobes or isolationists or etc. A sure-fire way to get us to wall off and not engage is to call us (directly or indirectly using some creative English you think we are too dumb to fully understand) any of these things. Furthermore, we know we’re not (so please don’t try and explain to us why we actually are, but its unconscious and needs to be fixed). The sooner we embrace this the sooner we can get down to substantive discussions and debates.
Point 3) We do not think our Republican elected officials walk on water. What McConnell did to Merrick Garland was crap (I don’t think he belonged on the Court, but that was NOT the right way to go about it). Trump needs to get the hell off Twitter and tariffs are not a good economic strategy. There is more but you get the point.
Point 4) We can be swayed. We also elected Barrack Obama (by a wide margin on the first go round). Get a coherent strategy in place on immigration that is not open borders, stop with the socialism and get health care right. Do these things and pair them with a bright and charismatic leader and watch many of us come back!!
Point 5) Do not try to influence children. Now, I’ve been truly blessed to have many friends and family who are teachers (and wonderful ones by all accounts) & I enjoy listening to them talk about their kids. It must be incredibly difficult not to jump up and down and say “YES” when they line up perfectly to a preferred political ideology. Or, to not tear them down when they state a position vehemently opposed. Still, teachers have an obligation to cultivate free thinkers who can arrive at their own well-reasoned positions and survive in a brutal world. In order to do that, we must challenge them at every turn and force them to arrive at a well-reasoned conclusion which will stand up to the harsh truth of reality. Things like shouting down a speaker or referring to conservative speakers as “Nazi’s” is not teaching. It’s indoctrination. It’s evil, contemptible and sure as hell isn’t teaching.
Point 6) I am a pro-choice republican, and I am not alone. Is the possibility higher that a traditionalist supreme court will overturn Roe v Wade? Sure. Do I think it will happen? No. I have moral objections to abortions, but I (and by extension the government) have no right to impose my morality on other citizens as long as it is not harming my person or my interests.
Point 7) I am a pro-gay marriage republican, and I am not alone. Marry who you want; be happy. Hopefully we’ll get to a place where we don’t need to talk about this anymore and it’s just a way of life.
Point 8 (and final for tonight): We value economics over social programs and vote that way. Might seem cruel, I don’t think so. Growing our economy creates higher paying jobs and more jobs. Less regulation (though we need smart regs) opens up more opportunity to build and grow small business. Lower taxes equals more capital spending (and thus more jobs of all types). What we want is for those people on welfare to find jobs and rise to a self-supportive position. It’s great for the economy and even better for them (trading your effort for a paycheck does wonders). For anyone who is not disabled but does not want to work for a living, let’s just say I have no desire to provide one for them.
Of course, I could continue, but you probably get the point. In closing, I’d like to mention to anyone who takes time to read this that I respect your opinion (as long as it’s driven by a desire to better ourselves, our country and our world as a whole). I’m sure some of you will disagree whole heartedly with some of these points. All I ask is that you afford me the same respect. Imagine the possibilities of mutual respect on a grand scale.
Hope you enjoyed the piece, thanks for reading.