The Culture War is a clash of ideas about what one believes to be true, and others with different view points. Your experiences, family, friends, education, and the media help to form your belief system, or World View.
The biggest divide in America since the Civil War is raging today. This war has been kept alive for twenty plus years by polarizing demographic powers. The war rages while tearing families in two and keeping America paralyzed.
Right vs. Left, conservative vs. liberal ablaze across the nation. We see a rabid culture war in the abortion debate; attacks on unions in Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan, and many other states; a culture of drug use and the tug of war in gay rights. There is also an increasingly growing secular vs. religious debate.
In 1990 commentator Pat Buchanan mounted a campaign for the Republican nomination for President of the United States against incumbent George H. W. Bush in 1992. He received a prime time speech slot at the 1992 Republican National Convention, which is sometimes dubbed the “‘culture war’ speech.” During his speech, he claimed: “There is a religious war going on in our country for the soul of America. It is a cultural war, as critical to the kind of nation we will one day be as was the Cold War itself.” In addition to criticizing “environmental extremists” and “radical feminism,” he said public morality was a defining issue.
The answer to peace in this war is moderation. The conservatives should embrace family planning as a way to reduce abortion and government assistance while liberals should embrace personal responsibility, which means that unprotected sex is criticized vehemently. Perhaps also that same sex marriage give way to civil unions as a way to bring both sides closer. By reaching compromise and respecting each other’s opinions and their values we can end this bitter war. If not I’m afraid we will sink into an abyss that our society may not recover from.