Why Do We Allow Minority Rule in America?

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Do Minorities rule in America?

 

Unfortunately, the answer is yes, minorities DO rule in America – for one simple reason. The minorities make a LOT of noise. They gather their friends for rallies, they stage protests, and they make phone calls, write letters and send emails.

But we in the "Silent Majority" are busy making a living, taking care of our loved ones, and keeping our mouths shut. We discuss and complain among ourselves when we don't like what the government is doing, but that's as far as it gets.  woman with megaphone

Maybe it's because we think our individual voices won't make a difference – we think no one will listen or pay any attention. Or maybe it's because we're lazy.

Or maybe its because we're falling prey to "gradualism." Robert Ringer likens it to "Cooking the frog slowly." We give up some small liberty without a fight because it just isn't a big enough deal – and then we do it again with the next one and the next one.

I know, some strides have been made. But too many of us are sitting back letting "the minority of the majority" do the heavy lifting. We're looking to a handful of ambitious people to speak for us.

It's time to give them some help. 

We can make a difference. 

I think what happened because of the threat of Internet censorship proves that those folks in Washington will listen if we make enough noise.

Because Google got behind it, 4.5 million Americans spoke out in one day – and our lawmakers listened.

It bothered me that concern over the Internet moved more Americans to action than concern over any of the other very real threats we're facing today. But maybe that just happened because someone made it easy to speak out.

Are we so complacent that we'll only stand up for our liberties if someone else makes it easy?  

Voting isn't enough.

As we all know, our Senators, Representatives, Governors and Presidents don't always honor their campaign promises. Once they get into the political swing of things, too many of them start trading favors and forget why they were elected. That's why we have the "pork" and the idiotic spending bills that are driving America to bankruptcy. It's why we have laws that are damaging to Americans.

Today I realized that while I do follow up with some things on line, I'm just as guilty as my neighbors. I don't write those letters and send those emails – even while Congress is making decisions that matter very much to me.

So I went on line and found a website where I could get the contact information for those decision-makers. Then I cut and pasted the information for Idaho into a word document and saved it where I'll find it easily. After that I bookmarked the site, because it has email links - even contact forms.

If you're as concerned about our future as I am, please do join me in becoming one of those folks who writes letters and sends emails.

 

The website is: http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml

 

We in the Silent Majority need to end the silence. I hope you'll join me in doing just that.

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Rainmaker
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Joanna Cohlan
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Hi Marte-here in Westchester County NY we have a few issues that we need to unite about.  One of them is the nuclear power plant, Indian Point and the other is Fracking-the method of extracting natural gas from shale.  Unfortunately, most people only act when it impacts their pocketbook-majority or minority-which is short term rather than a long term perspective.  We need to think about life for the next generation and mobliize around issues that impact all of us, perhaps not today, but in the future.

Jan 21, 2012 11:35 AM #8
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Ellen Caruso
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Marte, I'll write, scream, or jump up and down to get my way! If that doesn't work, I'm sketching to get my point across....visuals help!

Jan 21, 2012 12:29 PM #9
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Marge Piwowarski
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I can't join the silent majority because silent has never been my style.  We get the government we deserve.  More than anywhere on the planet we can choose our government.  We chose, then argue and obstruct and actively refuse to solve our problems because "the other side" (aren't we all Americans?) suggested it. 

Jan 21, 2012 05:04 PM #10
Rainmaker
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Rob Arnold
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I think the silent majority is a myth.  The minorities and special interests outnumber us by a large portion.  The number of illegal aliens entering this country is 20+ million.  The low-income minorities often have 4-5 kids where the high-income executive has maybe 1-2 kids.  After 20-30 years of these trends, the minority has become the majority and the former majority's voice is drowned out.

Jan 22, 2012 02:03 AM #11
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Karl Hess
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What Silent Majority? Most Americans want medicare, medicaid, social security, good schools, great infrastructure, the worlds best military....and low taxes.  That is the disconnect.  The "Silent Majority" (whatever that is) want it all without having to pay for it.

Jan 22, 2012 10:32 AM #12
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Karen Anne Stone
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Marte:  IF... a majority of the voters decide for something that simply is not right... or is against the Constitution... or attempts to take away the rights of someone else... I really do not care that "they" are a "majority."  That can easily be, and has been, at times, a "lynch mob" mentality.

Just because a majority is in favor of something, or even against something, should not turn that idea into a law if it tramples upon someone elses rights.

Jan 22, 2012 11:24 AM #13
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Jan 22, 2012 11:24 PM #14
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Satar Naghshineh
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Karen - I agree with you!

Marte -  I hope you are refering to multi-national corporations, bankers, Tea Party, Occupy crowd and special interests as minorities.

Jan 23, 2012 10:55 AM #15
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Marte Cliff
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Wow - I had no idea all these comments were here. The notice just now came to my inbox.

Joanna - Yes, we all do need to speak out about things that will affect our kids and their kids - not just what affects us right this minute.

Ellen - good for you. I envy your ability to sketch things - a talent I don't have.

Marge - Yes we do get what we deserve.

Rob - I think you're right. However, taken individually all those other minorities are small in comparison to the great mass of people who go about their business without saying a word.

Karl - Not sure I completely agree with you. Americans who have paid in to Social Security surely do want the promised return on that "investment." But there are plenty of other people who didn't pay and want it (get it) anyway.

And, those of us who pay taxes do want our money spent on infrastructure, military, etc.

In my mind, the silent majority are the working taxpayers - not the people who want it all without paying. Unfortunately, I think they've become the vocal majority.

Karen Ann - As far as I'm concerned, the bottom line should always be to preserve individual rights. We have way too many laws and regulations that trample those rights. And most of us do nothing to object when yet another one of them is put into practice.

Nickolas - thanks.

Satar - I'm referring to any relatively small group that makes enough noise to have its special interest wants and wishes turned into laws that restrict the rest of us.

 

Jan 26, 2012 08:04 AM #16
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Jay Markanich
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Very good post Marte.  Sometimes minorities do rule!  Even the weird ones.  And when too weird, that's when the silent majority needs to come out of the woodwork to act like the majority!

Jan 26, 2012 08:38 PM #17
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Marte Cliff
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Jay - That's going on here in the Pacific Northwest right now. Environmental groups want another 380,000 acres designated for endangered caribou - even though from all reports there may only be 4 caribou living on the thousands of acres already designated.

There used to be more - but a few years ago they decided to import Canadian wolves, and ...

Citizens ARE speaking out this time.

Jan 27, 2012 04:41 AM #18
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Karl Hess
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Marte...you misunderstand how social security works.  It is not an 'investment' system, it's an entitlement system.  You're social security taxes are paying for TODAY's social security recepient, not being put into some lockbox for your future use...and it has always been that way....just like the workers of tomorrow will be paying for your social security check when you retire.

Jan 28, 2012 11:58 PM #19
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Karl - That may be what it is now - but not as it was intended when it was made mandatory. Read http://www.ssa.gov/history/briefhistory3.html

Here are a couple of excerpts:

"In the original Act benefits were to be paid only to the primary worker when he/she retired at age 65. Benefits were to be based on payroll tax contributions that the worker made during his/her working life."

"After Social Security numbers were assigned, the first Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) taxes were collected, beginning in January 1937. Special Trust Funds were created for these dedicated revenues. Benefits were then paid from the money in the Social Security Trust Funds."

 

Jan 29, 2012 07:01 AM #20
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Karl Hess
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Right..the benefit is BASED on thier tax contributions...those taxes are not set aside to be paid to the recipent after retirement....if that were the case, who paid for the first checks sent out in the 1930's?

Jan 29, 2012 08:10 AM #21
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Marte Cliff
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Did you read that long report? They began collecting a few years before they began paying out. And at some point, they did borrow from other funds to get the program started. 

According to that report, the system has taken in more than it paid out - but I wonder about that. We know that the government decided to appropriate SS money for other expenditures over time. So... ?

My whole point is - our FICA payments are separate from income tax. We're required to make those payments and the government in turn promises a return upon retirement. People who paid in faithfully thoughout their working lives and then receive Social Security checks should NOT be made to feel that it's some sort of welfare.

Those who get Social Security benefits without ever paying in ...

Well, they just shouldn't get them, that's all.

 

Jan 29, 2012 09:08 AM #22
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Karen Anne Stone
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Marte, you are correct in that at some time the Government has gone into that fund and used some of those monies AS IF they were in the "general fund."  That is a big part of what screwed it up.  These monies are supposed to be "dedicated funds."  And I agree that we are not getting OUR money back.  That was never the intent.  The "benefits" we recieve are "based" on the years and amounts of our contributions, but they do not equal that amount.

What we get is not a "return" of our own money, but a "benefit" based on the monies that were withheld from our pay.

It is NOT some sort of welfare, even though many of the so-called Conservatives talk about Social Security as if the recipients were... to use their words... "on the public dole."  It is all a part of the continuing pattern of the "haves" trying to take the monies from the working class, and take it for themselves by way of tax-cuts for the rich.

Also a part of the problem is that there is no "means testing."  If someone, because of whatever reason, has an income of some huge amount after retirement, say someone like Romney... that is just fine.  But... someone like that should not also be receiving Social Security "benefits." 

The whole problem of Social Security solvency could be solved... not by cutting benefits, but by a combination of "means-testing"... and upping the income ceiling of the monies currently eligible for FICA withholding.  Right now, that ceiling is somewhere around $109,000.  Not sure of the exact figure. 

So... those who make $100,000 have about $6,200 withheld for Social Security.  Those who make double that amount, still only have $6,200 withheld, which means they are not paying in 6.2% but only 3.1% of their income.  And... someone making one million dollars still only has that same amount of $6,200 withheld.  Which means the lowest income group is paying in 6.2% while those making a million dollars are paying just a smidge over one/half percent.  0.62 % actually.  Not fair, not balanced... LOL.

Jan 29, 2012 11:33 AM #23
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Karen Anne Stone
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Lana in #1:  I would love it if you would email the URLs for your WordPress blogs you mentioned you have.  I am guessing that my philosophy is similar to yours, and I would love to read what you have to say.  Thanks so much.

Jan 29, 2012 11:40 AM #24
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Marte Cliff
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Karen Ann - I'm much more conservative than you, so I see another side.

I see those with money providing jobs for the working people. Not just by hiring people to work in their companies, but by their spending. Everything they buy is the product of someone else working.

And, since they pay in only $6,200 - their future benefits will be based on that $6,200. If they paid more, they'd be entitled to more when it came time for retirement.

I really do believe we should ALL contribute, and instead of being angry or jealous toward those who earn more, we should all strive to do, be, and have more ourselves. If we want to have things, we need to contribute.

I absolutely believe that every able-bodied person should earn their own way and not live on welfare, food stamps, etc. That kind of help should be temporary - for when a person experiences a setback. But, I know families who have lived that way for generations - never trying to make a contribution at all.

I don't believe we are limited by our birth - too many great people have come from humble beginnings. So, it's a matter of personal initiative.

And... while you do express a liberal view, It's obvious that YOU are working for a living. You aren't sitting back waiting for somebody to take it from the rich and give it to you. Maybe you're more toward the middle than you think...

Jan 29, 2012 02:52 PM #25
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Karen Anne Stone
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Marte:  Awww, come on, Marte.  Your answer is so "from the talking points."

All of my comment was about Social Security.  So you take it into welfare, food stamps, not working... people never trying to make a contribution, etc.  Why did you do that ?  You are deflecting all my points, and going into such smoke-screeny stuff.

Who is jealous ?  If you earn more, you should pay your fair share.  No jealousy.  Just fairness.

Jan 29, 2012 04:01 PM #26
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Marte Cliff
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I know, this is veering away from the subject. I was responding to your statement that:

"It is all a part of the continuing pattern of the "haves" trying to take the monies from the working class, and take it for themselves by way of tax-cuts for the rich."

But... as for Social Security. If they pay more, then shouldn't they receive more?

And... is it fair that Social Security funds are being paid out to people who have never worked at all?

Jan 29, 2012 05:40 PM #27
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