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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

U.S. News: The Presidency Column- Ken Walsh: A Revival of The Culture Wars

Source: U.S. News- President Barack Obama- United States-
Source: U.S. News: The Presidency Column- Ken Walsh: A Revival of The Culture Wars

I disagree with Ken Walsh here who is someone I like and respect but the culture wars are similar to the civil war of the 1860s where won side clearly won, meaning the Unionists but of course paid a heavy price for it. The other side knowing they've already lost but deciding to fight on to see how much damage they can do. Which is why some historians believe that the Unionists won the civil war but the Confederates won the peace. Meaning there really wasn't much of a peace after the civil war was over with the rise of the Ku Klux Klan and other Anglo terrorists groups in this country.

And thats similar to what's going on here but the battles following the culture wars and who wins the peace and so-forth aren't over yet. America has essentially become what Barry Goldwater wanted when he was in Congress. A big government out of our wallets and bedrooms country. The classical Conservatives and I would argue the. Classical Liberals as well have won this war. Americans by a majority don't like government taxing them high and telling them how to live their lives.

The left and center-right have already won the culture wars. Just look at issues of civil rights, women's role in the country, feminism, gay rights, tolerance for other Americans. Race relations and so-forth. The Far-Right ( or Confederates that I call them ) now have already lost these wars, immigration would be another one, pornography, War on Drugs especially marijuana. The left and center-right in America have already won these wars.

With a majority of Americans now believing in things like, equal rights including for homosexuals, tolerance again for homosexuals as well, individual freedom. But that it should be for all Americans and not just people who live in the Bible Belt. Generation X and Generation Y have already won these wars for the rest of the people on the left and center-right how have been fighting them. And the Far-Right still fights on because they have nothing better to do.

What most of the country or at least an overwhelming majority of the country has moved onto is what I call economic wars. What's government's role especially the Federal Government as it relates to the economy and how much should the Feds be taxing and spending and what exactly should it be doing. Which is why we are talking about things like sequester, debt and deficits, immigration, climate change and how best to grow the economy. But the culture wars of the last century are already over.