What political ideology makes up the majority of the USA?
Your answer likely differs depending on which channel of news you watch, who your friends are on social media and which newspapers and magazines you read.
Would it surprise you if I told you that America was a majority center-right nation? If you were born before 1980, probably not. But in the echo-chamber that our media & social media have become today, it becomes difficult to discern where the public opinion truly is.
And much of this is by design.
Let’s start off with the facts: approximately 26% of the nation is considered “politically disengaged.” This is the largest voting block, and also the most hesitant. They don’t watch the news every night, check Twitter for political stories or speak at cocktail parties with friends about political scandals.
Nearly every political ad you see is attempting to reach these people, as they are the ones who decide the election (being the most politically ignorant voting block means they are less likely to know who broke campaign promises). They do, however, tend to be a patriotic group.
The next largest blocks are tied at 15% of the population for both passive liberals and moderates. Passive Liberals are insecure in their beliefs and try to avoid political conversations, so they aren’t the far-left protesters we see a lot of today, screaming and going to jail for acting like lunatics.
Moderates are well-informed, civic-minded, make faith an important part of their lives and shy away from extremism.
Traditional Republicans make up 19% of the population and tend to be religious, deeply patriotic and highly moralistic, believing in personal responsibility & self-reliance.
So if the largest groups in our population are “middle of the road,” skewing further to the right (from a healthy push by the lunatic fringe-leftists these days), why is it that all of our news stories and political polls make it seem as if the lunatic left has overtaken our nation?
Again, it’s all by design.
It’s no secret that the journalists today have been replaced by activists of one particular political persuasion, and their attempts to fool people into believing that conservatives are drastically outnumbered in this nation have been sneaky at best, diabolical at worst.
But why are they trying to deceive people? The main reason they want conservatives to believe they are in the minority deals with the psychology of groups: everyone, whether consciously or subconsciously, wants to be on the winning team. Dr. Robert Epstein testified recently that Google has allegedly manipulated votes in the 2016 election, and could potentially manipulate another 15 million in 2020.
Much of this is based on the same psychology. If the only news you can find paints the left in a positive fashion and conservatives in a negative fashion, The Availability Heuristic of behavioral economics will force your brain to believe that there is nothing good about conservatives.
The media has been caught playing the same game in multiple ways. They have been caught setting up deceptively-scripted video shots to make groups of ANTIFA or protestors seem larger than they are & conservatives groups look smaller than they are (they still lie about the attendance at President Trump’s rallies).
They constantly release polls that put conservatives losing against every democrat candidate, but refuse to release the most important part of any poll or statistics: the sample size, degree of confidence and margin of error.
As Mark Twain said, “there are three types of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics!” If you see a poll without those three ever-important metrics, know that it was likely conducted for nothing more than a psychological attack on potential conservative voters.
Another reason the left doesn’t want conservatives to understand that they are the majority is much more diabolical than psychology: they don’t want you to pay attention to their tactics.
If you haven’t read Justice on Trial by Mollie Hemmingway I highly suggest you do, for it will help you understand this point much more clearly.
Because the left knows that the majority public opinion isn’t with them, they know that they can’t pass their leftist policies through legislation. This is the reason they have gone berserk any time a Judge is appointed to the Supreme Court who can be seen as conservative in any way.
They have been, for decades, attempting to subvert our political process by putting activist Judges in place to pass laws they know can’t be passed legislatively, because they either don’t have the votes or know their constituents will vote them out for proposing them.
But, since Federal Judges aren’t elected, they can’t face retribution from angry constituents.
How do we counteract this? Well, thankfully what has been seen, cannot be unseen. Once you understand the games they are playing and open your eyes to that reality, you will begin to see it everywhere you look, in every media you see.
Keep your eyes open, and know that you are in the majority. Don’t let them fool you.
Robert Patrick Lewis is a Green Beret OIF/OEF combat veteran with 10th SFG(A), author of Love Me When I’m Gone , The Pact and The Pact Book II: Battle Hymn of the Republic. Follow him @RobertPLewis on Twitter or on his RobertPatrickLewisAuthor Facebook page.