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“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that mater.”—The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King

Silent Americans

He paid for his life by refusing to be silent. America’s power elite were afraid of him.

Let me tell you my personal story of being silent. I am not proud of it. The time was the Vietnam War. I detested everything about it, but I muted my criticism. Why? I did not want to lose my job. I was a moral coward pure and simple.

The time was the Vietnam War. I detested everything about it, but I muted my criticism. Why? I did not want to lose my job. I was a moral coward pure and simple.

I am thus in no position to criticize millions of silent Americans, but I can tell you here some of the reasons for their silence even though you may recognize them and even if you are not silent yourself (I like to think that your reading this website means you are not being a silent American every second of your life).

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Some Reasons Why Americans Remain Silent

  1. They believe in False America.
  2. They are just too darn busy trying to make ends meet.
  3. They do not personally have bad experiences in life. For example, since Congress cleverly ended the draft to avoid any more wide scale war protests, Americans do not have loved ones who were forced to go to the battlefield. (see Economic Draft)
  4. They don’t see clear cut reasons for alarm like seeing signs that read, “DANGER, RADIOACTIVE LEAK AHEAD!”
  5. True America is full of inconvenient truths denied by people who would otherwise feel threatened or helpless if they didn’t deny the truths or rationalize them away.
  6. They see America as being less impoverished and subjugated than people in the world’s most impoverished and totalitarian nations.
  7. They have become accustomed to the true conditions of American, taking them for granted as just the normal workings of commerce and politics.
  8. They aren’t seen by people with a particular upbringing, such as a strong religious indoctrination of seeing what is believed or having been reared by dominating parents and thus accustomed to being dominated in adulthood.
  9. They, like me once, don’t want to lose their jobs.
  10. They are intimidated by the all-seeing, prying bullying police state the power elite have built and operate.
  11. They are fatalistic or believe things have to get worse before they get better.

In Sum

American’s pervasive silence and the 11 reasons for it are a huge prop for the wrongdoing and evildoing of America’s power elite. How this and many more props can be “bowled over” is the subject of Post # 7. The next Post # 6 reviews a long legacy of failed efforts to upend America’s power elite.

GaryBrumback

Gary Grumback