Hey, so are you a Democrat or a Republican? Are you planning on voting for Trump in November? You don’t actually agree with the GOP, do you? Get familiar with some of the questions you shouldn’t be asking on social media or anywhere else.
A recent Cato Institute survey shows that Americans are all about self-censorship lately. The report identifies that close to two-thirds of Americans are afraid to identify and share their political views. 62% of Americans identify the political climate as what prevents them from saying what they believe in as it pertains to politics.
Gee, why is that? People wearing MAGA hats have been attacked. Teachers who talk about Trump in a positive light are fired.
There’s no such thing as political discourse anymore. If we don’t want to hear what the other person has to say, we go on the defensive. We attack.
How many times have you seen someone being verbally accosted on Facebook or Twitter because of what they said? Someone always has a comeback that goes against what the original poster said.
So, forget it. We’re getting tight-lipped about where we stand politically – and it shouldn’t really come as any surprise.
The CATO survey showed “31% of liberals, 30% of moderates and 34% of conservatives are worried” about how political views can affect their career in a negative way.
A similar poll conducted by Politico has also shown how the cancel culture has gone too far. Democrats, independents, and Republicans alike feel as though they have important things to say but are to afraid to speak them out loud.
Not surprisingly, it seems that the only group who feels like they can say whatever they want to say are the staunch liberals. Those that are the loudest are the ones who don’t seem to have any problem with what they’re saying, how they’re saying it, or who they’re saying it to. The CATO survey showed that 58% of that group are loose-lipped about their political leanings without a care in the world.
It’s about self-censorship. One can no longer go onto social media and say what’s on their mind. They can’t openly talk about what they want to say about the elections around the water cooler. Now, they have to read the room, consider the possible outcomes, and decide if it’s worth engaging in the conversation.
Self-censorship isn’t limited to one ethnic group, either. It seems many people want to be incredibly careful about what they say. The CATO survey shows that 49% of African Americans, 64% of white Americans, and 65% of Latino Americans are afraid to share their political thoughts out loud.
The withheld opinions may not be radical or fringe. Since there’s such a large number spanning the demographic groups, it’s entirely possible that there are shared opinions. In fact, the opinions that people are so tight-lipped about may be the more popular opinions – but those that are open about their opinions are social bullies. So, it’s easier to stay silent than to get into arguments or risk getting fired.
The surveys conducted by both Politico and CATO show that those who are the loudest and who support the cancel culture are actually a part of the minority. They represent a minority of Americans, not the majority. They’re just the loudest, so assumptions are incorrectly made. The vocal minority just happens to be great at online shaming – and you can see some of their craftiness on Twitter, especially with the social boycotts they like to call upon when there is a differing opinion than their own.
So, regardless of what you believe in, politically speaking, it’s best to keep your mouth shut. No one wants to hear your thoughts on what’s happening in the country or who the best candidate is. Is this freedom of speech? Absolutely not. It’s quite the opposite. But this is the world that the staunch liberals have driven us to. Awesome, isn’t it?