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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Is the Culture War Lost?

I have this friend. We'll call him Jay Stevens. Jay and I have shared a scotch or two in our time and these days we just don't get together often enough. Jay is well read, highly educated and extremely talented. I haven't a clue why he bothers with conversations with me.

Jay's one of my Slats Grobniks – like Terry Peak and GTO. (Slats was one of Chicago columnist Mike Royko's fictitious characters.) Terry argues with me on matters technical and local politics. GTO renders his opinions on legal matters. Jay, is just an all-around guy with expertise on numerous matters from music to engineering to blood donation to cross-word puzzles.

So Jay on occasion encourages me to read. And recently he encouraged me to read a Frank Rich column about how the culture wars have changed since Obama has taken office. Read it here.

Rich make some excellent observations – as he always does – about life in a representative republic. Here's a clip:

"Americans have less and less patience for the intrusive and divisive moral scolds who thrived in the bubbles of the Clinton and Bush years. Culture wars are a luxury the country — the G.O.P. included — can no longer afford."

I don't know if the culture war is lost, or if there is just a temporary cease-fire while we all try to count what little money we have left and worry about how we're going to pay our taxes with those meager crumbs.


caheidelberger said...

Let's hope the culture wars are over. They are a complete distraction from the much more significant practical problems the country faces. The culture wars are just a way to keep working folks from noticing how the plutocracy are pillaging the country and subverting liberty.

Bob Newland said...

The culture wars have not even begun.