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        Friday, March 26 2004

Jon Kennedy, webmaster

A widening chasm?

"Zogby says we used to have a consensus in America, but that is now no longer the case. In fact, Zogby thinks the divide is so profound that he sees no possibility of reconciliation."

The quote is from a column I found earlier in the week, discussing the cultural wars we discussed here last year. The Zogby cited is widely quoted pollster John Zogby, whose examinations of voter plans and their results have been the closest to actual results in several recent elections.

In the current Presidential campaigns, the terminology has migrated from "culture wars" to "two Americas" and ironically the emphasis thus far in this round has come from Democratic candidates rather than Republicans. The Democrats, to whom everything is always about "the economy" mean by "two Americas" a rich America and a poor America, and their ploy is fostering a class warfare that they hope to command. To the Republicans, who in recent years have aligned their platform with conservative religious groups, the "war" is between those who want traditional values, morality, and behavior to prevail versus those who want ever-evolving social change. Another way of thinking of the "war" is as being between those who want to regain some of the innocence and niceness that defined America before 1960—the beginning of the sexual revolution—and those who would prefer an America more like France and other European nations where "anything goes" in morality and behavior. Yet another metaphor for the two Americas and culture war is the "red states/blue states," as a way of describing states that supported George W. Bush in 2000 (shown in red in the media) as opposed to those that supported Al Gore (in blue). This is ironic, of course, because "red" has always been the color of the left (as in "Red China" and calling the Communists the "Reds" in the cold war).

Zogby's assessment of the current extent of the gap between left and right, red and blue, haves and have nots, want-morals and want-nones—depending on your way of defining the "sides"—as unbridgeable may signal a new era in American politics. Already at least one columnist has mentioned an eventual civil war over these issues. This seems sadly ironic in light of the great sense of national unity that emerged in the wake of the 9/11 attacks on America three years ago. But just as sadly, the feelings and resolves of those days, weeks, and even several months have been blown away by hard winds of blowhard politics.

Christians—serious, Bible-believing, hard-praying church-going professors of Christ—have been saying for many years already that the only hope for America is revival, widespread spiritual renewal that will refresh the hopes and aspirations of the population. As recently as the Carter Administration, even hardcore Democrats were tolerant and nodding commonsense assent to that proposition, even if they weren't enthusiastic about it. Now, more and more widely, people on the left are opening declaring that the only hope for America is the prevention of spiritual revival ever happening among us again.

Webmaster Jon Kennedy 

Color co-ordination

What's the difference between a Northern fairytale and a Southern fairytale? A Northern fairytale begins "Once upon a time." A Southern fairytale begins "Y'all ain't gonna believe this ...."

—Sent by Jules Nagy 

Lenten thought for today

The work of prayer is one and the same for all, but there are many kinds of prayer and many different prayers. Some converse with God as with a friend and master, interceding with praise and petition, not for themselves, but for others. Some strive for greater spiritual riches and glory for confidence in prayer. Others ask for complete deliverance from their adversary.

— St. John Climacus, c 525-c. 610,
The Ladder of Divine Ascent

*Compunction: pangs or promptings of conscience; leanings toward repentance. 

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