We all have that liberal friend who has no problem spewing their opinion on every political issue. Sometimes I look at these people with envy. If only I had the guts to drone on and on about my beliefs without any regard for those poor people having to listen to me. When I was young, no problem. When I matured, I started to back off. Now I wonder, is that a good thing?
These days I tend to not even bother anymore with these “discussions.” They usually lead nowhere good. I have found myself avoiding political discussions more and more the older I get. While I justify this approach as “keeping the peace,” I have to wonder if part of the reason people think liberal ideology is dominant (it isn’t!) is because people like me have given up the fight. Although I write about politics daily, I generally have very little of it on my personal social media accounts.
I know plenty of Trump supporters who declined putting a yard sign up for the election. Even I waited until the last days of the campaign. People worried about causing a rift with their neighbors or inviting Halloween vandals and I can’t blame them. The Cato Institute poll shows that liberals are much more likely to avoid being friends with us conservatives than we are about being their friends. I don’t want my liberal neighbors distancing themselves because of a yard sign!
But here’s a thought. Maybe conservatives need to start speaking up and being heard. So many conservatives shy away from confrontation, but the fact is, the last election clearly told us that we might be surprised how many out there agree with us! The success of Trump shows us that ignoring political correctness and being confident in our beliefs actually is respected and embraced! Yet it seems we all still hesitate. The bottom line is, conservatives like to be nice, liberals like to be right. When we don’t argue, they assume they have won the argument.
A survey titled “The State of Free Speech and Tolerance in America; Attitudes about Free Speech, Campus Speech, Religious Liberty, and Tolerance of Political Expression” by the Cato Institute reveals how Americans feel about a wide range of speech issues including hate speech, microaggressions, even Halloween costumes. The survey highlights the differences in how liberals and conservatives feel about a wide range of topics.
One overarching finding is our ability to have dialogue about all of these topics. Conservatives are much more likely to self-censor their attitudes, probably fearing the wrath of the the angry left. And I think that’s justified. When conservatives don’t get their way, we accept it and move forward. When the left doesn’t get their way, they throw tantrums and even riot. Is a Trump bumper sticker worth getting your tires slashed?
H/T Cato Institute
“Americans Say Political Correctness Has Silenced Discussions Society Needs to Have; Most Have Views They’re Afraid to Share
Nearly three-fourths (71%) of Americans believe that political correctness has done more to silence important discussions our society needs to have. A little more than a quarter (28%) instead believe that political correctness has done more to help people avoid offending others.
The consequences are personal-58% of Americans believe the political climate today prevents them from saying things they believe. Democrats are unique, however, in that a slim majority (53%) do not feel the need to self-censor. Conversely, strong majorities of Republicans (73%) and independents (58%) say they keep some political beliefs to themselves.
Clinton Voters Can’t Be Friends with Trump Voters
Nearly two-thirds (61%) of Hillary Clinton’s voters agree that it’s “hard” to be friends with Donald Trump’s voters. However, only 34% of Trump’s voters feel the same way about Clinton’s. Instead, nearly two-thirds (64%) of Trump voters don’t think it’s difficult to be friends with Clinton voters.”
How productive can it be to be a part of the “silent majority?” Doesn’t the squeaky wheel get the grease? We can see very vocal, yet very tiny groups of minorities like transgenders can drive public policy. Perhaps conservatives could learn a thing or two about getting out there and pitching a fit over our issues.
I can only imagine how much progress conservatives would make if they would speak up. Take abortion for example. Most conservatives agree abortion is murder, yet most have never actually done a thing about it. Get out there people! We have to stop letting the left scream louder!
Yes, I know the argument. “But we have jobs! We can’t just go running around protesting all the time!” True. But would it kill us to be a bit more vocal in our lives? The left doesn’t apologize for speaking their minds and neither should the right. Stop hiding in the shadows, you might be surprised at how many people agree with you!