People think the political climate prevents them from saying things they believe – because others might find it offensive. As it turns out, social confrontation is not the only thing people are anxious about.
Do you self-censor? If so, what about free expression? Read about who is more likely to self-censor their beliefs because others might find them offensive.
Imagine yourself at a dinner party, sitting at the table chatting about a recent Netflix binge, the hot weather, or the latest cell phone technology. Then, the discussion shifts to a controversial political topic. Do you withdraw, or express your beliefs?
Several results from a recent YouGov Survey caught my eye. Thought you might find them interesting. I examined Independent voters…
In the late 1960s, President Nixon popularized the term silent majority. Nixon defined the silent majority as mainstream Americans who did not join protests against the Vietnam War nor participate in public discourse. Preoccupied with a vocal minority, the news media overlooked the silent majority. President Trump believes there is a silent majority asContinue reading “Is There A Silent Majority?”
In the last post, analyses of presidential approval ratings revealed two Republican factions. A large group that strongly approved of President Trump and a smaller group that offered moderate support. What about the Democratic Party. Are they united? Or, are there divisions that Republicans could exploit? Disapproval of Trump Recall the presidential approval question: “DoContinue reading “The Democrats are United”
President Trump often celebrates extraordinary high approval ratings from Republicans. Just this week, Trump wrote, “96% approval rating in the Republican Party. Thank you!” Political analysts attribute the high approval to Trump’s laser-like focus on the Republican base. Over the past 3 and half years, Trump advanced business friendly deregulation policies, significant tax-cuts, appointment ofContinue reading “Republican Approval of Trump: Not as High as You Think”
It happened yet again. Captured on video, the killing of another African American man at the hands of police. The fatal encounter sparked waves of protest and violence across American cities. While a majority of Americans support on-going protests, partisan disagreement lingers over the extent of the problem. Are deaths the result of isolated actionsContinue reading “George Floyd’s death – an isolated incident or sign of broader problems?”
At the start of the pandemic, the strong hand of government eliminated social and economic freedoms, striking a new balance between individualism and government power. Today, as social and economic activity restarts, partisan tensions reappear and are growing. This signals a return of individaulism. Can the individualistic spirit thrive in this new enviornment? Can itContinue reading “A Delicate Balance – Individualism and Government Power – Part 2”
A Delicate Balance – Individualism and Government Power The coronavirus pandemic exposes the delicate balance between individual liberties and government power. At the onset, when government officials pursued policies that prioritized public health – lockdowns and social distancing – the public complied. After all, the severity of the disease was unknown. And footage from ChinaContinue reading “A Delicate Balance – Individualism and Government Power”