Once upon a time, in a land that was the mightiest throughout the world, the people in charge known as “Boomers” became very disgruntled and returned to their roots of activism; well, actually, only a small number of them did, but the media made it seem like it was lots & lots of them…
Yes, the protestors, on both sides of the political divide, became very ugly…ooops, uh, vocal… about their unhappiness with many things the rulers of the land were doing, things like:
- Passing “health care reform” where the peoples’ money was to be used to keep lots & lots of loyal subjects from, well, dying because they couldn’t afford care
- Or not passing any reform on the practices of big entities called “greed factories”…oops, sorry again, “financial institutions”]
- Or not addressing a problem called “illegal immigration” whereby millions of people from other lands could sneak in without permission & get work, a place to live, healthcare, and generally act like they belonged there…
The most well known protestors were called “tea partiers” (not because they were much for partying or tea…but that is another fairy tale for another time) and they were lead by a beautiful & vapid princess called “Sarah” who brought them to frothy heights of discontent with beautiful images of mustached tyrants, bucolic concepts of “reloading” as in guns, and “death panels.” And they were portrayed by the mainstream media as representing what most people of the land believed.
But low and behold, the tea partiers were actually:
- only 24% of all registered voters, including the Boomers
- overwhelmingly White & male
- retired or semi-retired so they had lots of time on their hands
- or unemployed so they had lots of time on their hands and they were really cranky…
These subjects’ main complaint was that government programs designed to help the people of the land, are bad…except the ones they use (as, alas, many of them were on a thing called “Social Security,” a government program designed to help the aging people of the land…or something called “unemployment compensation,” a government program to help people pay their bills while they’re out of work…).
And they vowed to take their revenge on any of the land’s leaders who voted for any new such programs like health care reform, which they didn’t believe to be needed since most of them would soon be eligible for “Medicare” – another government program providing medical coverage for older subjects…
But alack, what about the other 76%? Where did they stand? What did they want? Why were their voices not resounding out across the land? Where were the women? The non-White ethnic groups? The non-retired & employed?
Unfortunately for the mighty land, based on a type of governance called “democracy” whereby it was the peoples’ votes and knowledge of the issues that the rules of law were made, as it turns out the majority of its subjects didn’t vote, got there “issue knowledge” from 2 minute “sound bites” designed to inflame more than inform, or just stayed silent in their own discontent about the discontented minority.
Then there were things called “polls” whereby subjects were asked what they thought about things. And one such poll in a part of the land called “FloriDUH” showed that most subjects were against the new healthcare reform. Alas, the poll had what was called a “margin of error” (how likely the poll sampling reflects the rest of the land’s views) of 15% – a credible poll has a margin of error of no more than 3%; 10% is considered highly unreliable – which meant that the poll reflected the actual views of… those polled…. And they lived in a State where subjects regularly re-elected legislators who polluted the environments on which the main source of income was dependent (tourism), decried “government spending” while grabbing their share of it, and balanced their budget by giving their big businesses lots of tax breaks while decimating all the programs for their most vulnerable subjects (from the developmentally disabled to abused/neglected children).
Thus, over a short period of time, and with help from the entire range of main stream media, it appeared that a minority of the land’s subjects would be able to dictate what the majority would get & what they “should” believe. Why did the majority put up with this?
Would they remain silent no more, understanding that so long as they did, the country would not be “majority ruled” any longer?!
We don’t as yet know the answer, but the moral of the story is:
In a land where the majority rules, and that majority is a “silent” one because they are either apathetic or “too busy to get involved,” the many will see their fate sealed by the will of the few…and in any other land, that is called “dictatorship.”