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Then and Now – the Pendulum Swings

I was listening to a radio program today, and the commentator was talking about how most people in this country are for health care reform (most are even for single payer), but that it is the noisy few who are against reform who get all the attention from the media. He even compared the people in favor of reform to Nixon’s “silent majority”.

Isn’t it ironic that back in the 60’s and 70’s, it was the idealistic, anti-war, peace-loving hippies who were making the most noise and were getting all the attention, but now to a large extent those same people have become the new silent majority?

And strange that the “noisy minority” has swung completely in the opposite direction, ideologically.


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  1. Scott Segraves wrote:

    Back then, CIVILITY was a part of political discourse. No matter how idiotic I felt your ideas were, I patiently, politely heard them. You, in return, did the same for my lunatic ramblings. Now, the idea seems to be: If I come in screaming loudly and angrily enough, everyone on both sides will be so riled up, there’s no way they’ll process anything in a rational manner. And who wants rational thinking, when this irrational status quo is what we want to maintain?

    Sunday, September 6, 2009 at 9:21 am | Permalink