there is a major difference between questioning and being contrary so as to establish narrative.
The major difference being "questioning" is to seek an answer
What we see all too often is establishing answers, then question those who do not adhere to it so as to discredit them. If questioning was what was actually happening, truth would matter. But it doesn't. Side of the aisle is more important than truth to a lot of people.
Hardly any of those talk shows "question".
They establish narrative, and convince people they are only asking questions, and this is what truth we have learned.
The fact is that "Americans" is a HUGE body, but it doesn't take the entire body to press the rest into submission. In all of those cultures in the past that have walked this path of destruction, there were plenty of people who saw what was happening. And as i have said in the past here,, often evil takes root because good people findit hard to believe the irrational aspect of them and expect to be able to give answers to their "questions".
For example. We have roughly 30% of our population who "question" all the time. But they have shown time and time again that truth is not what they are interested in. Do you think Hannity and his legion are simply asking questions to glean truth?
They ignore truth,.
It is propaganda, and propaganda's final goal is to condition response.
Right now the President has been trying to lay the groundwork for shutting down our avenues to legitimately question, and his followers are enabling it.
Propaganda takes a while. Trump slowly but steadily drops hints about removing the media (except the ones he likes), he even said in as campaign speech that maybe there was a 2nd amendment solution to his CNN problem. Every single night at every single rally there is the obligatory turn around and scream at the press pool in the room. Threaten them. Trump eggs them on and riles them up.
Trump has now on 2 occasions mentioned how he admires China's decision to establish their president for life, and a couple of sweeks ago suggested "many are saying" that his presidency should extend beyond 8 years. (To wild cheers)
Every time he does this, every time these talk shows propagandize (ie: Hannity.. think his questions have any desire to find any truth except the one he is trying to create?).. it firms up the road.
One way to make a compliant population is enforced nationalism, worship of symbolism, and weaponized militaristic zeal. Right now if you question why the military does this or that, you are not supporting the troops, and a good many people will not listen to what you are saying because they are offended that you don't just blindly support. I respect our military, but to believe any military is not capable of the worst is naive. We are proud of our military, but our military also committed atrocities at Mai Lai, and other incidents. But the nuance of what is actually being called out is lost by the thickheaded notion of "support our troops" means 100% no matter what... which is 100% true for a lot of people.
Using your half and half measurement, the issue is this... 50% of the country thinks you don't have to stand. The other 50% does, and of that group, a solid percentage would be violent in their response to people not standing. Plenty of videos from last season of people being attacked in the stands for not standing.
Good people rely on reason, and expect that because that is the right thing to do, other people will as well.
But the others don't give a **** about reason, and by the time the good people have exhausted the 'civilized' ways of dealing with people who have no intention in dealing with them, it's too late.
there is a solid group who couldn't care less about truth, and in fact get great pleasure out of exasperating those who desperately try to give them the truth. Demands of blind unflinching fealty is what they consider patriotism.
That makes them very easy to exploit with "questions".