October 24, 2006

Silenced Majority

An October 2006 CNN poll asked, "Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling the situation in Iraq?" A majority, 64%, answered "Disaprove."

CNN asked, "From what you know now, do you think the United States did the right thing in taking military action against Iraq, or not?" A majority, 54%, answered "Not right thing."

During the Vietnam War, the term "Silent Majority" was used by President Richard Nixon in a 1969 speech. It referes to a hypothetical large number of people who do not express their opinions publicly. When President Nixon used it for the first time, it referred to those Americans who did not join in the large demonstrations against the Vietnam War at the time. (Wikipedia).

Today, according to the polls, the majority of Americans think the Iraq War "was not the right thing." However, because the mass media is controlled by corporate owners and advertizers, this majority is "silenced," hence a new term is being born. It is a sign of the gravity of our times, times that are as or more critical to the future of the World as was the Vietnam era.

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