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Is the American Left Eating Itself?

21st Century Wire says…

Make no mistake. In American today, the wheels of change are turning.

But what happens if a radical minority seizes a nation’s social agenda? Anyone who doesn’t subscribe to the new radical ‘progressive’ agenda – even moderates – are marginalized and pushed to the side.

What happens when the new social agenda pushes too far and too fast? Answer: blowback – even within previously unified ranks of the wider political left-wing. That’s exactly what we are witnessing in America today. The Washington Post explains:

Some core Democratic groups are finding a disconnect with the rapid change in social issues as well. Fifty-one percent of non-whites, a growing group of Democratic supporters, say they are uncomfortable with the pace of social change. Two-thirds of women also say they are uncomfortable, as are 50 percent of adults under age 30.” (see the full report below)

Polls are clearly indicating that what are perceived in the media to be “social issues”, in reality reflect a much deeper meaning. In other words, for many in the US, issues like abortion and gay marriage are being found to represent the concept of sanctity – rather than just another box to tick on the liberal social justice checklist. Some Americans who might count themselves as members of the orthodox political left – are now suddenly rejecting the classic cultural Marxist mantra that regarding society, “nothing is sacred”. Perhaps these issues are much more nuanced and multi-layered than many on the left would care to admit.

This new reality may have significant political implications in the US, not least of all, for the upcoming 2016 Presidential election.

Indeed, the wheels of change are in motion, but maybe not necessarily in the direction everyone thought…


Marriage equality protesters in Washington D.C. (Photo by Timothy Vollmer via Wikimedia Commons)

Peyton M. Craighill and Scott Clement
Washington Post

Liberals have won a string of victories on gay marriage and health care reform this year, but a new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds a large majority of Americans are unhappy with where the nation is headed on social issues.

Sixty three percent of people say they are uncomfortable with the country’s overall direction on social issues these days; four in 10 feel “strongly” uncomfortable about the nation’s changes.

The downbeat results in the aftermath of a series of landmark Supreme Court rulings earlier this summer runs parallel to how people see the nation’s overall direction — 65 percent say it’s on the wrong track in the survey — and both these views are colored by partisanship and views of President Obama. Over 8 in 10 of both Republicans and those who disapprove of President Obama say they are uncomfortable about the nation’s shifts on social issues.

Americans who see themselves on the losing side of these high-profile debates are, not surprisingly, most negative about the nation’s direction on social issues. Among those who oppose the recent Supreme Court decision upholding the federal health care law, 80 percent are uncomfortable with the nation’s direction on social issues. A similar 79 percent who oppose the Court’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage in all states say they are uncomfortable, as are 76 percent who oppose efforts to ban Confederate flag displays on government property.

The poll finds all three issues are fairly divisive among the public at-large, with large shares seeing policy shift in a direction at odds with their views. A slim 52 percent majority supports the recent Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage across the country while 44 percent oppose the decision. That is a narrower split in opinion than other surveys have found asking more general opinions on gay marriage…

See the full report at Washington Post  




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