QOTD — Is The Culture War Over?

Filed in National by on February 5, 2013

Mark Morford over at SF Chronicle thinks that it is, that the GOP lost and that the Godless Liberal Sickos Win Again. This is a great piece by Morford, taking a good look at the movement — a longtime movement — towards inclusiveness and equal rights for all:

Perhaps you’ve heard? Perhaps you’ve noticed? The infamous “culture wars” officially declared in the Reagan era and then hissed forth through the years by everyone from George W. Bush to Rick Warren, the Tea Party to groupthink megachurches, Rush Limbaugh’s giant mouth to Bill O’Reilly’s sad little book, Palin and Bachmann and Karl Rove, too, all ultimately landing with an inglorious splat on poor Rick “please don’t Google my last name” Santorum’s head, the culture wars of yore are essentially over.

And the Republicans lost.

The culture wars! What a silly idea. What a ridiculous and lopsided fight. All about gay marriage, women’s rights, pornography, censorship, “elitist” higher education, support for the arts, for science, immigration, the environment, legal marijuana, gays in the military, a black president, self-determined spirituality versus the deep poison that is organized religion.

The culture wars! Been around for ages, but most recently determined to mean constricted, God-fearing, red state “family values” versus “immoral” ‘60-style open-mindedness, all spinning off the timeless argument that the moral fabric of this great nation would surely be shredded to bits if too many Americans were allowed to have a free abortion after enjoying joyful sodomy in church with their college-educated gay husband’s blasphemous public sculpture that looks like a freedom-loving handgun shaped like a recreational vagina. Or something.

Evidence of the GOP’s glorious, ongoing loss? Everywhere and palpable. Gay marriage, to the vast majority of the nation and certainly to nearly everyone under 30, is a foregone and no-big-deal conclusion. Gays are now allowed to serve openly in the military and attend military academies (though not, of course, in the NFL), and now we hear that women have just been given the OK to serve in combat, too, which of course means we are all doomed – because as everyone knows, women are too weak and easy to rape, and gays just want to have sex with the enemy.

So what do you think? Tell us in the comments if you think that the culture war is over.

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  1. socialistic ben says:

    It’s never over. We’ll just move on to someone else to hate, something else to disapprove of. Human nature.

  2. No, and I will not rest until bad country music is consigned to the slag heap of obsolescence.

  3. socialistic ben says:

    ah but som… isn’t that it? maybe in 60 years, “real Americans” will be… not so much an oppressed minority, but something one has to be quiet and… dare i say…. closeted about in regular social interactions. Is the next phase of the culture war turning conservative whites into something to be ashamed of? Will we as progressives have the good grace and self awareness to not ‘push back’?

  4. I will declare the Culture Wars over when Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA” is no longer heard in our fair land.

    Which means that NASCAR would be gone as well…

  5. Cobain says:

    The Culture War will never end. It will be fought by every generation as America continues to change.

  6. meatball says:

    I’ll trade NASCAR for the NFL and country music for that wacky shit you put up here;)

  7. Jason330 says:

    Nothing worse than someone doing Greenwood’s song for Karoke when you are in a foreign country. NOTHING !

  8. bamboozer says:

    Not over while Rick Santorum draws breath and lunatics like Broun and Gohmert are in elected office. But the social conservatives admit it, they’ve lost every battle and will lose the rest as well. That and they don’t mind being laughed at as Gawd! is on their side.

  9. jim center says:

    They will not end until the USA no longer leads the world in the number of people who believe that angels exist!

  10. Geezer says:

    If angels don’t exist, what’s that thing on top of my Christmas tree? And who wears the baseball uniforms in Anaheim?

  11. puck says:

    Oh, your tree is still up too?

  12. cassandra_m says:

    Is the next phase of the culture war turning conservative whites into something to be ashamed of?

    I think you’ve missed a phase — we’re ashamed of some of them already.

  13. socialistic ben says:

    … would be a good response if that’s what I was saying.

    more from the department of intentional misinterpretations.

  14. jim center says:

    Geezer,
    First, it’s a piece of plastic
    Second, Who doesn’t play for the Angels!