LOOKING AT A CHANGING AMERICA

A recent poll by Gallup says that right now in the USA, political left- and right-leaning Americans are tied in numbers.

A poll of more than 1,000 adults asked Americans to describe themselves on social issues.

  • 5% say they are very conservative
  • 26% conservative in general
  • 33% moderate
  • 21% liberal
  • 10% very liberal
  • 4% don’t know what they are

That’s the first time since 1999 that conservatives have not outnumbered liberals.  So why is this happening?

I believe that no more than 50% of the American people take the time to understand important issues.  The other half are unwilling and unable to discipline themselves into formulating a philosophy of life.

The second factor driving the trend to the left in the U.S. is media, not the news media.  Most Americans don’t even bother with the news anymore.  It is the entertainment industry and social media that are putting forth a more libertine lifestyle.

In cyberspace, progressive websites vastly outnumber traditional websites.  That’s because traditional people don’t use the net as much as their progressive counterparts.  So the stars are lined up in favor of liberal thought, and that is a powerful influence.

Let’s take a look at the social issues themselves.

In 2001, just 40% of the American public believed gay or lesbian relations were morally acceptable.  Now that number stands at 63%, a huge change.

That’s because the entertainment industry has mainstreamed the gay lifestyle.  Look at “Modern Family,” for example.  One of the most successful TV programs, even though it’s a comedy, the message of tolerance sinks in, especially among younger Americans.

Then you add a heavy dose of the stars themselves being liberal on gay issues and you have a strong change agent.

Those opposed to the gay marriage issue have not been able to vividly articulate their vision; and some who support gay marriage have branded the opposition as bigots, a powerful indictment.

Second issue—having a baby outside of marriage.  In 2002, 45% of Americans found it morally acceptable; today, 61%

Again, that is driven by the entertainment industry and lack of peer pressure to keep child-rearing within the marital arena.

Although some Americans can raise children outside of marriage very well, this trend has badly damaged our society, often leading to poverty and lack of supervision.  Millions of kids are getting hammered.

On the subject of abortion:  In 2001, 42% found it morally acceptable; fourteen years later, 45% do.  This is an area where the entertainment industry and the progressive movement have failed to move the dial.  Most Americans understand that destroying a potential human being is not a righteous act.

Science has now established that human DNA is present at conception, so there really isn’t much debate about it.  If human life is sacrosanct and that is one of the pillars of the American Constitution, then abortion is a troubling situation; unless, of course, there are drastic medical circumstances in play.

So the progressives have not made any inroads when it comes to shutting down life.

Same thing with the death penalty:  In 2001, 63% of Americans found it morally acceptable; in 2015, 60% do.  Again, this goes back to the sanctity of life, even if the person receiving the death penalty deserves the punishment.

I would oppose the state putting anyone to death if the punishment I would give heinous criminals would make them wish they were dead.  They would be totally isolated in a hard labor facility.

Finally, Americans are appalled socially by one act…adultery.

In 2001, only 7% of Americans condoned marital affairs; in 2015, just 8% do.  Few who are married want to be betrayed, so all theory and politics fly right out that window.  America isn’t France!  When it comes to marital behavior, more than 90% of Americans want exclusivity.

Gallup also did a poll on economic issues, and here Americans are far more conservative.

Thirty-nine percent of Americans say they are conservative when it comes to how the government runs the economy; just 19% describe themselves as liberal.

That’s fascinating because we the people twice elected a man who believes that capitalism must be dramatically changed.  Barack Obama is the most liberal president on economic issues the republic has ever had.  Again, I think it goes back to understanding many Americans simply have not grasped Mr. Obama’s political philosophy.

They voted for him because of his charisma and his historic position as the first black man to achieve the White House.

Going forward, many people believe America is in for a big shock.  We don’t know how that shock is going to be delivered, but we know that we are heading in the wrong direction on just about every important issue; and the polls back that up.

Two-thirds of Americans say the country is headed in the wrong direction.  Whether it’s another brutal terror attack here or an economic collapse of some kind, we can’t tell.

But what we can say with certainty is that the public school system is on the verge of collapse, that chaos in the minority precincts is as bad as it’s ever been, and that the drive to legalize marijuana and other drugs will sap initiative and create millions of addicts.  Also, our foreign policy is in absolute shambles.

With all that in play, Americans are evenly divided ideologically.  But when the bill comes due and something awful happens, this country will likely snap back to more traditional thinking.

ArtSchwartzSig

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2 responses to “LOOKING AT A CHANGING AMERICA

  1. Hi Art,
    I like all of your posts and I’m glad to be on your list! I really enjoyed this one and agreed with your thoughts. I didn’t realize that abortion was not acceptable by such a large percentage. I don’t personally like abortion but have agreed with the idea that women should have the right to make decisions about their own body and that abortion is to some degree a medical issue to be discussed with them. It should not be a crime controlled by the legal system. The fact that I disagree with it should not allow me to send a women to jail. Have abortions increased in recent years? With all the birth control available I’d be surprised if it had.
    Most of the issues in this report are as or more important and I wish more people could read them, I’m glad I do!
    Best, John

  2. Art Schwartz

    Hey John – Glad you like the blog. I agree with all your comments as well

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