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- n. The largest portion of a demographic group or of the population of a political jurisdiction, which is considered to possess political and social views that are not openly declared, but that can nevertheless significantly affect voting patterns and social behavior.
- n. Those who are dead.
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When I set out on my research, I assumed I’d find that Jazz Age Prohibition was more isolated than it is made out to be, that lurking behind all those bangled beauties and cigarette holders was a nation like the one that elected Nixon, a silent majority of drab and sober folks who supported the legislation and did not carry flasks or dance the Charleston.
When it came to drinking, there was no silent majority of reform-happy teetotalers.
Moreover, his aide Charles Colson told him, it would soften his tough guy image and undercut support from the blue-collar constituency he had cultivated ever since his silent majority speech in 1969.
He appealed to the great silent majority of Americans, and unleashed Vice President Spiro T.