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The Silent Voter: Who Elected Trump and Why He is Going to Win Again in 2020.
September 6, 2019
Who elected Trump? The Silent Voter. Who is the Silent Voter? First, we have to look at the math.
Do you understand the number 325 million? That is the population of the United States in 2017. The number of eligible voters is approximately 240 million and the number of voters in the 2016 presidential election clocked in at 130 million citizens. These numbers cannot truly be understood. If you met 1,000 people each day of your life and lived to be 100 years old, you would not finish California before your death. Now let’s see why this is important.
Do you and your closest friends agree on anything? Maybe some things but there are other things for which you will not agree. Now find another ten people and have a discussion. It is unlikely any of you will have identical views, even on a simple topic. Complex issues are harder still because they generate emotion and a broader range of viewpoints. Put that together with the math, and you have a lot of views. Now, one more thing.
Do you always tell the truth? Sure you do, we all do most of the time, hopefully. But it gets harder to tell the truth when you are in a room full of people with opposing views, or under the scrutiny of an in-law. Better to keep silent. Did you ever agree with a group of people when you were not in agreement? Sure you did, because who knows, maybe the group is right or perhaps you do not feel your impact would matter or maybe you do not want to expose yourself. Maybe you are just too lazy to argue. Do you ever change your mind? Of course, you do, possibly because of new information or someone convinces you to or because someone important asks you to. We can now see that people change their minds, withhold feelings, lie, or do not know what they believe about a particular candidate or subject.
There are viewpoints that you do not know exist. This statement is not bold or subjective; it is an objective fact and takes humility to accept. Also, most people do not express their actual views, because they can’t. They have not thought about them long enough or hard enough to elucidate what they are. But they do have a sense or gut feeling on any particular matter. Unfortunately, the unexamined gut feeling can be dangerous. Partly because it comes from unconscious experience, cultural and educational influence, and survival instinct, and partially because it gets filtered through genetics. Oh yes, genetics, as in more or less intelligent or more or less capable of understanding a thing. It may come as a shock but there are differences between individuals, and it is genetic, and it does factor into voting. To some, this notion is distasteful and requires disproving, they might even point out that companies get the math and attitudes of the masses right without accounting for any of these things. But that is an entirely false comparison.
Successful companies sell things that appeal to the needs of people. People can all agree on air, water, and food because they must. People can all agree on toilet paper and toothbrushes because they are useful. People can agree on foods that taste good because they are a pleasant means of enjoying a necessity. You get the point. All these things are much different from whether or not the government should control the right of a woman to have an abortion. A violent man rapes a 14-year-old girl, eighty percent of the 325 million citizens agree this abortion is justified. A mother of eight refuses birth control and gets pregnant, now only twenty percent of the 325 million citizens feel the abortion is warranted. Later, when It turns out the mother of eight is abusing her children, 325 million citizens get confused because there are too many moral dilemmas to come to a black and white answer.
The press is biased, and this is not necessarily bad. To prove this point, consider the statement “Freedom is good.” Find a publication that denies this, and you will find a low readership, low readership is not sustainable because it does not pay the bills or support the business. The benefit of freedom is obvious, but issues like abortion are nuanced. Each generalization of a complex topic has different consensuses depending on how that topic gets presented. If the publication describes abortion as freedom of choice, most people will agree because freedom is good, and if the publication portrays abortion as the killing of a human being, fewer people will accept abortion because murder is wrong. It would be quite challenging to present abortion objectively, or even honestly because it is too complicated a topic.
The American voter, in particular, the Silent Voter, is intelligent, despite dismissive reports in the press or by politicians. The American voter also cares. Taken together these things mean there is due consideration to multiple points of view, and there is an awareness of nuances and circumstances in complicated votes. The Silent Voter knows that answers are rarely black and white, and there must be adjustments along the way. For this reason, one president with a particular point of view might get partway through an intricate set of challenges, and another president with a differing point of view might get another part of the way. The Silent Voter knows this.
Nor does the Silent Voter pay attention to the rhetoric of the Vocal Voter. The Vocal Voter is passionate and can speak forcefully about a topic and generally feels their point of view is the only correct point of view. Vocal Voters are also willing to proclaim an end to the wellbeing of America or humanity to sway opinion. The Silent Voter disregards this drama. That does not mean the Silent Voter has their head in the sand or does not care, or that America will lose its freedoms and human rights. It merely says the Silent Voter is willing to accept more points of view than the Vocal Voter is prepared to present.
The answer to ‘Who elected Trump’ is the Silent Voter. The fact this pisses off some Vocal Voters will not sway the Silent Voter. They will continue to weigh the options, review current progress, and choose what they believe furthers democracy and freedom throughout the world.
The answer to why Trump will get re-elected if he does not get impeached is that elections are stressful. Elections force you to feel guilt and ignorance. You know relatively few of the issues and even less of the facts. Neither the government nor the press makes this easier. Mostly you hear disagreement and emotional rhetoric, and possibly even misguidance and lies. You have family and friends that feel strong and will disown you for a differing opinion. In the end, you do your best, and you choose what you believe will further the country, and you stay silent. But most presidents get elected for their second term so unless there is a compelling reason, like fraud, you let them have it. Elections are stressful, better to do brain damage every eight years instead of every four.
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