Comments on: U.S. ideology stable, “culture trench warfare” ahead? http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2008/11/26/us-ideology-stable-culture-trench-warfare-ahead/ Religion, faith and ethics Sat, 23 Apr 2016 23:25:07 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Dr.Michael Foster http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2008/11/26/us-ideology-stable-culture-trench-warfare-ahead/comment-page-1/#comment-10069 Tue, 03 Feb 2009 10:30:59 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/?p=2461#comment-10069 I am looking forward to reading more from you in the future. And I so much appreciate your information

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By: DHFabian http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2008/11/26/us-ideology-stable-culture-trench-warfare-ahead/comment-page-1/#comment-8707 Mon, 01 Dec 2008 22:05:42 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/?p=2461#comment-8707 Add in the third branch of the “cultural divide”, the “other America” — the poor. These are the people left out of the public discussion, left out of the economy, left out of government representation. We’ve dehumanized them to the point where we no longer even acknowledge their existence (I noticed that Barack Obama hasn’t bothered to mention the existence of anyone below the “working poor”; in the US, if you lose your job and are unable to work, you do lose your status as a human being). Even otherwise-progressive media has shown utter disinterest in the violations of international human rights standards when it comes to our treatment of, and policies concerning, our poor, and has even failed to consider the impact of a massive “workfare” workforce (at minimum wage or less/no workers’ rights or benefits) on all workers’ wages and rights. We understand why the poor in foreign nations need aid, yet are too arrogant to think that poverty here is anything but a “lifestyle choice”.

The poor are America’s non-people, so we don’t discuss poverty, much less consider policies to ease poverty. There are no TV reports about poverty/hunger and homelessness here(not to mention those who die from lack of housing, medical care,etc.). We have a solid economic caste system, which is not unique in history among nations on the verge of collapse.

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By: Scott http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2008/11/26/us-ideology-stable-culture-trench-warfare-ahead/comment-page-1/#comment-8664 Fri, 28 Nov 2008 08:15:23 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/?p=2461#comment-8664 It is interesting to hear a journalist so confident that the numbers point toward pro-choice then say he is surprised at the relatively low 19% of liberals who seem to be anti-abortion. He then guesses and attributes this to a Catholic faith.

Here is a different view. I know a liberal atheist who suddenly realized that if she was a vegetarian and was for animal rights, how could she support the taking of human life? This makes far more sense to me. It is what some (see for example articles at Sojourners www.sojo.net) would call a Just Life or total life ethic.

This Just Life ethic I wholeheartedly subscribe to. I am concerned about the environment, about peace issues, about the dangers of the death penalty and the tragic mistake of deluding ourselves that the baby in the womb, which has its own DNA different from the mother, is somehow not a human being. I do not deride or feel ill toward those who choose abortion but rather pray that each of our eyes will be opened to the ways in which we delude ourselves in order to make choices we want to that are not necessarily ethical and thus not even in our own best interests in the long run.

Americans often look for short cuts and solutions out of the difficulties life throws at us. This can be good except when those short cuts cross ethical boundaries, e.g., of hurting or killing another life.

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By: keith_in_seattle http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2008/11/26/us-ideology-stable-culture-trench-warfare-ahead/comment-page-1/#comment-8653 Thu, 27 Nov 2008 01:56:46 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/?p=2461#comment-8653 A prolonged period of economic hardship tends to have a lasting effect on social and political opinion. After the excesses of recent years, the general public may well become more pragmatic and less ideological in many respects. In addition, demographic trends indicate that the most conservative element of the Republican Party, older Americans of European ancestry, will exercise progressively declining influence in coming years. A growing number of Americans are tired of the “culture wars” waged by manipulative political consultants and ratings-hungry media. We simply want a nation that works to improve the lives of average citizens again.

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By: brian lee http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2008/11/26/us-ideology-stable-culture-trench-warfare-ahead/comment-page-1/#comment-8652 Thu, 27 Nov 2008 00:10:17 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/?p=2461#comment-8652 it seems by all the double standard that we see ,and the bias of the press and the courts, and the incessant advice from the sages in hollywood that the brand conservative has sadly become extinct.it was obvious to many that mc cain would only win if it was given to him,thats without how disfunctional his campaign was.but the pendulum swings and the saying “man makith the job”.of which i don,t agree,as sometimes circumstances prevail.but hopefully the job will make obama.but as what has been proven in the past some thing for nothing is not always beneficial.mediocracy has no attractiveness,and capitalism,will again rise like the phoenix, and us conservatives will again save the day.

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By: Billy Kidd http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2008/11/26/us-ideology-stable-culture-trench-warfare-ahead/comment-page-1/#comment-8638 Wed, 26 Nov 2008 12:37:01 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/?p=2461#comment-8638 This demonstrates that the majority position is moderate and that abortion is a non-issue. The liberal versus conservative divide is of little importance and matters to the talking heads only. It’s the economy and reconstruction and education that matter. Not positions on hyped-up issues.

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By: Sharon Reddy http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2008/11/26/us-ideology-stable-culture-trench-warfare-ahead/comment-page-1/#comment-8634 Wed, 26 Nov 2008 11:08:15 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/?p=2461#comment-8634 What’s their personal definition of “liberal,” conservative” and “moderate?” I disagree that a three percent rise in the number who state they’re liberal is insignificant, culturally. It’s not an easy thing to admit. The right-wing has been labeling liberals as ‘socialists who want the government to run your life’ and ‘Godless’ for more years than Bush has been in office. They’d probably get a much higher percentage if they asked “centrist,” not “moderate,” but where is the ‘center’ now? How many would be surprised their ‘positions’ don’t agree with the ‘label’ they chose?

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