Silenced but not powerless.
The silent majority is silent for a few reasons. For one, they don’t have the time or the energy to dedicate to arguing politics and reasoning in the public square. They’re too busy being useful. They’re going to work, raising their families, taking care of their own business.
The silent majority is also silent because it’s unwilling to put all of these things at risk by speaking out. They’re afraid that if they do they will be punished, and sadly, in our day and age, the chances that they’re right are far higher than they’ve ever been.