Culture Wars

conservatives-liberals-culture-warExcerpts from Matt K.Lewis’ story that is running in The Telegraph

The most accurate and succinct depiction of where we are as a people, as a culture, is given to us by a British subject. And it’s obvious that he is recognizing and mourning the loss of our society more clearly then even we.  Britain must look on in amazement at what we’ve done and become since 1776, at least till now.

“But putting yourself in the other guy’s shoes is a two-way street… Now, pretend for a minute that you’re a 50-year old white man living somewhere in the Deep South. You cast your first vote for Ronald Reagan in 1984. As a kid, your favorite show was the Dukes of Hazzard, which featured a car called The General Lee. The backdrop to every party or prom you’ve ever attended was the music of Lynyrd Skynyrd (with lyrics like “In Birmingham they love the governor”). Today, your way of life is under attack – and this (by far) transcends the Confederate flag. You’re experiencing what feels like a radical cultural revolution. The White House celebrates Same-Sex Marriage ruling.  You grew up being taught to respect authority – and now the police and the military are increasingly coming under attack. Then-candidate Barack Obama mocked people who “cling to guns and religion”. But you grew up around guns – both for hunting and protection. And you grew up attending church every Sunday. Now Christianity and guns are both under attack all of a sudden. Some are even suggesting Walmart shouldn’t sell guns any more. Friday night football was another huge part of your life. Today, there’s talk about banning high school football – and your own president declared that if he had a son, he’s not sure he’d even let him play.

Bruce Jenner – you know, the man who was considered the greatest athlete in the world when you were 10-years old? – now goes by the name Caitlyn. (More astonishingly, your kids scold you when you refer to “him” and not “her.”) You turn on the TV and hear about a woman named Rachel Dolezal, a white girl who unilaterally decided to become black. The assumption, I suppose, is that nothing is permanent. The once immutable concept of gender and race are now fluid. You grew up being taught that homosexuality was a sin. On Friday, the Supreme Court ruled that gay couples have the right to marry in all 50 states. In what seems like a matter of minutes, the Confederate flag has been replaced by the gay rights rainbow flag. The smoky bar you used to go to do drown your sorrows is now “a smoke-free environment”.

You’re not sure when it happened, but all of a sudden, Bruce Jenner is a woman, marriage is for two men, and Rachel Dolezal is black. Institutions you grew up with are being being torn down, almost overnight. Behaviour which was once completely normal is now considered politically incorrect, or even intolerant. Some of these changes are clearly good; some of them will probably lead to problems down the road. Either way, it’s all happening very rapidly. And I think we can expect there to be major political reverberations – just as there were during the 1960s.

The sad part is you can expect agitators and politicians on both sides of the aisle to use this to gin up anger and attention and votes. The progressive winners in this culture war want to punish their opponents. They don’t want comity, they want revenge. Meanwhile, politicians on the right will likely play up the politics of resentment for their own purposes, as well. Neither impulse is healthy…”- end quote.

All I can honestly say is “Come, Lord Jesus”..quickly!

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