The DIVIDE in America, Part II

Gender Equality................A Still Continual Contention

Conservatives contend that women & men have different roles; however that DOESN'T distract from the former's equality to men. They assert that women's most important/natural role is nurturer/assistant to husband & family.
Conservatives contend that women & men have different roles; however that DOESN'T distract from the former's equality to men. They assert that women's most important/natural role is nurturer/assistant to husband & family.
Liberals argue that in many cases,women & men AREN'T equal.They add that women still experience prejudice/discrimination in the corporate & domestic sphere.They assert that women are more than wives & mothers but individuals who deserve equality.
Liberals argue that in many cases,women & men AREN'T equal.They add that women still experience prejudice/discrimination in the corporate & domestic sphere.They assert that women are more than wives & mothers but individuals who deserve equality.
Conservatives see feminism & gender equality as the cause of the debasement of women.They contend that nontraditional roles for women are unnatural. They explain that there are THINGS that women AREN'T capable of doing no matter the rationalizations.
Conservatives see feminism & gender equality as the cause of the debasement of women.They contend that nontraditional roles for women are unnatural. They explain that there are THINGS that women AREN'T capable of doing no matter the rationalizations.
Liberals insist that feminism & gender equality elevated women. They contend that the liberalization of female roles is a result of increasing enlightenment. They cite that women are capable of doing things that men traditionally do-quite well.
Liberals insist that feminism & gender equality elevated women. They contend that the liberalization of female roles is a result of increasing enlightenment. They cite that women are capable of doing things that men traditionally do-quite well.
Conservative portend that feminism is responsible for weakening the status of men. They see that feminism is influential in the increase of female headed household. They further cite feminism/gender equality for the destruction of the family.
Conservative portend that feminism is responsible for weakening the status of men. They see that feminism is influential in the increase of female headed household. They further cite feminism/gender equality for the destruction of the family.
Liberals feel that feminism humanized the status of men,lifting their financial & psychosocial burdens.They argue that feminism has no bearing on the rise of female headed households. They state that feminism has immeasurably strengthened the family.
Liberals feel that feminism humanized the status of men,lifting their financial & psychosocial burdens.They argue that feminism has no bearing on the rise of female headed households. They state that feminism has immeasurably strengthened the family.

The Issue of Gender Equality


In Part I of this hub, I addressed how the issues of women's reproductive freedoms/rights, amnesty, and the election of President Obama divided Conservative and Liberal Americans along political and ideological lines. In Part II of this hub, I will address how the issues of gender equality, welfare/ social programs, and race further divide and are a source of political and even ideological contention between Conservative and Liberal Americans.


The issue of gender equality has been a heated contention in American society for quite a long time. The contention relating to gender equality exploded during the late 1960s and early 1970s with the advent of the Women's Liberation movement which granted women more equality in the work place, liberalized/ broadened their roles, and granted them full reproductive freedom and rights. Conservatives argue that women and men have always been equal but in different capacities. They maintain that there are clearly demarcated roles for men and women, indicating that such is preordained. They assert that woman's most important role is being the nurturer and assistant to her husband and family. Liberals contend that women and men are not equal in many cases. They maintain that women are still discriminated against and oppressed not only in the corporate world but in the domestic sphere also. They assert that women and girls are still viewed as and treated as nonentities, even as personae non gratae in some sectors of society. They insist that women are more than wives and mothers, they are individuals who have the right to pursue any area they are interested in and capable of doing.


Conservatives maintain that feminism has resulted in the debasement and disrespect of women in society. They assert that feminism and placing women in nontraditional roles is a transgression against the natural order of things. They further argue that there are things that women simply are not physically capable of doing such as more rigorous jobs such as fighting in combat and heavy work. Liberals assert that feminism elevated the status of women in this society. They further argue that there was far more debasement and disrespect of women before the advent of feminism and more gender equality. They insist that the liberalization and broadening of women's roles is normative occurrence as people have more enlightened and progressive. They maintain that it has been proven that women can do many of the things that men have traditionally done- and exceedingly well.


Conservatives remark that feminism and gender equality has weakened the role of men in society. They even argue that feminism is responsible for the increase in female headed households as many women feel that they do not need men in their and their children's lives. They assert that feminism and gender equality is responsible for destroying the family as they know it. Liberals maintain that feminism and gender equality has not weakened the role of men in society. In fact, they contend that feminism and gender equality has lifted many of the financial and psychosocial burdens of men, placing men and women on more of a leveling playing field. They explain that the increase of female headed households have nothing to do with feminism but with other psychosocial and other sociocultural factors separate from feminism. They aver that feminism and gender equality has not destroyed the family but strengthened it immeasurably to the benefit of its members.

Welfare/Social Programs................Contention Magnified

Conservatives see welfare & other social programs causing inordinate taxation of the middle classes.They say that welfare & other social programs create a permanent generational/dependent underclass preferring to be on the dole than work.
Conservatives see welfare & other social programs causing inordinate taxation of the middle classes.They say that welfare & other social programs create a permanent generational/dependent underclass preferring to be on the dole than work.
Liberals see welfare & other social programs providing protection for those on hard times.They add that there are MORE corporate welfare & social programs via bailouts to businesses than to help individuals.They aver only a few are on welfare.
Liberals see welfare & other social programs providing protection for those on hard times.They add that there are MORE corporate welfare & social programs via bailouts to businesses than to help individuals.They aver only a few are on welfare.
Conservatives state that welfare & other social programs create undue entitlements. They assert that welfare & other social programs haven't created a better but a much worse society from which America can never return.
Conservatives state that welfare & other social programs create undue entitlements. They assert that welfare & other social programs haven't created a better but a much worse society from which America can never return.
Liberals cite that there are more entitlement created among corporations & other big businesses than recipients of welfare & other social programs.They maintain that welfare & other social programs are essential components of a humane society.
Liberals cite that there are more entitlement created among corporations & other big businesses than recipients of welfare & other social programs.They maintain that welfare & other social programs are essential components of a humane society.
To conservatives,welfare & other social programs create unnecessary/repetitive bureaucracies to check such programs. They claim that welfare & other social programs result in people who scam such systems at the expense of taxpayers.
To conservatives,welfare & other social programs create unnecessary/repetitive bureaucracies to check such programs. They claim that welfare & other social programs result in people who scam such systems at the expense of taxpayers.
Liberals maintain that it was the creation of banks, corporations & other related entities that spurred the growth of bureaucracies to check their practices. They maintain that the biggest scammers are corporations, not people.
Liberals maintain that it was the creation of banks, corporations & other related entities that spurred the growth of bureaucracies to check their practices. They maintain that the biggest scammers are corporations, not people.

The Issue of Welfare/Social Programs




The issue of welfare/social programs is an extremely contentious issue of division between Conservatives and Liberals for some time. Conservatives maintain that welfare and other social programs are responsible for the increase of taxation, especially for the middle classes. They feel that they are working hard for those who refuse to work honestly but instead would rather be on the socioeconomic dole. They maintain that welfare and other social programs have a created a generational and permanent society of a dependent underclass. Liberals assert that welfare and other social programs has created a safety net for all Americans. They insist that welfare and other social programs are essential to provide protection to Americans in times of need. They further contend that only a minute percentage of people are on welfare and that those on welfare are there temporarily until they get on their feet again.




Conservative remark that welfare and other social programs have created entitlements. They argue that as a result of welfare and other social programs, there are some people who feel that they should have a reasonable quality of life without exerting the necessary effort to acquire such a life. They state that welfare and other social programs have not created the great society but the great societal abyss from which America can never return. Liberals counter that banks, corporations, and other big business receive more welfare and assistance in terms of bailouts than the average welfare recipient. They maintain that it is the banks, corporations, and other big businesses who feel entitled as they are the ones who get away with things that middle class, working class, and poor Americans cannot get away with. They claim that welfare and other social programs increase the quality of life of many Americans.




Conservatives feel that the creation of welfare and other social programs resulted in repetitive bureaucracies to keep taps on the various sectors of these programs. They relay that these programs resulted in creating people who scam the system at the expense of the taxpayers. They maintain that the dismantling of such programs will return America to socioeconomic greatness in that people will develop a work ethic and know the value of work. Liberals believe that welfare and other social programs did not increase bureaucracies. They cite that the creation of banks, corporations, and other big businesses resulted in instituting bureaucracies to keep tabs on these entities. They vehemently contend that the biggest and most egregious scam artists are the banks, corporations and other big businesses, not individuals. They contend that if there is a dismantling of welfare and social programs, there will be no protection of those who may experience socioeconomic downturns and those in need will be in a very precarious socioeconomic predicament.

Ah,The ISSUE of Race................Oh No, NOT AGAIN

Conservatives insist that racism is pure hyperbolic conjecture.They maintain that Blacks & other non-Caucasians have unparalleled opportunities & choices.They add that it is up to Blacks & other non-Caucasians to succeed instead of making excuses.
Conservatives insist that racism is pure hyperbolic conjecture.They maintain that Blacks & other non-Caucasians have unparalleled opportunities & choices.They add that it is up to Blacks & other non-Caucasians to succeed instead of making excuses.
Liberals remark that racism is a fact of life among Blacks & other non-Caucasians.They admit that a few Blacks & other non-Caucasians achieved success but the majority of Blacks & other non-Caucasians DON'T.They add that racism is quite commonplace.
Liberals remark that racism is a fact of life among Blacks & other non-Caucasians.They admit that a few Blacks & other non-Caucasians achieved success but the majority of Blacks & other non-Caucasians DON'T.They add that racism is quite commonplace.
Conservatives state that if there is racism, it is against Caucasians. They maintain that because of affirmative action, they are bypassed in favor of less qualified Blacks & other non-Caucasians. To them, they are being punished for past wrongs.
Conservatives state that if there is racism, it is against Caucasians. They maintain that because of affirmative action, they are bypassed in favor of less qualified Blacks & other non-Caucasians. To them, they are being punished for past wrongs.
Liberals insist that the issue of Caucasian racism is just hyperbole. To them, such is illogical as Caucasians are the most powerful group. They add that Blacks & other non-Caucasians have to be MORE qualified to get the same job as Caucasians.
Liberals insist that the issue of Caucasian racism is just hyperbole. To them, such is illogical as Caucasians are the most powerful group. They add that Blacks & other non-Caucasians have to be MORE qualified to get the same job as Caucasians.
Conservatives maintain that Black/other non-Caucasian leaders are FOND of using the race card in terms of negative issues/occurrences. They see that those leaders should channel their energies to the benefit, not detriment of their constituents.
Conservatives maintain that Black/other non-Caucasian leaders are FOND of using the race card in terms of negative issues/occurrences. They see that those leaders should channel their energies to the benefit, not detriment of their constituents.
Liberals maintain that the concerns & issues that Black/non-Caucasian leaders bring up regarding their constituents are justified & legitimate. They maintain that if they DON'T represent their constituents, NO ONE ELSE will. To them, it is ALL good.
Liberals maintain that the concerns & issues that Black/non-Caucasian leaders bring up regarding their constituents are justified & legitimate. They maintain that if they DON'T represent their constituents, NO ONE ELSE will. To them, it is ALL good.

The Issue of Race..................Contention Galore




Americans have always been divided over the issue of race. Furthermore, the issue of race is a controversial contention among Americans. It is a subject that creates a very visceral response, either in the affirmative or negative. No one is neutral or in between regarding this issue. Conservatives maintain that since President Obama was elected twice, it proves that racism is a moot issue. They further cite that Blacks and other non-Caucasian people have opportunities which are unparalleled in history. They feel that the issue of race presently is just a subterfuge for Blacks and other non-Caucasian to avoid being responsible and accountable regarding their life options and choices, adopting the victimology mode. Liberals maintain that racism is alive and well. They assert that although there are Blacks and other non-Caucasian in visible and high powered position, the average Black and non-Caucasian do not have the opportunities and choices that Caucasians have. They assert Blacks and other non-Caucasians routinely experience differential, even disparate treatment in their everyday lives.



Conservatives state that if there is racism, it is the Caucasian who is experiencing racism as a result of affirmative action programs. They contend that less qualified Blacks and other non-Caucasians are hired for jobs over very qualified Caucasians. They maintain that the affirmative action argument that Blacks and other non-Caucasians should receive preference for jobs because of past discrimination is a moot issue in addition to be grossly unfair. Liberals argue that it is quite ludicrous that Caucasians are discriminated against since they are the most powerful group in America. They strongly aver that it is Blacks and other non-Caucasians have to be more qualified than their Caucasian counterparts just to be considered for the job in question. They further add that Caucasians have always received affirmative action but they refuse to admit that fact.



Conservatives vehemently contend that Black and other non-Caucasian leaders always use the race group whenever negative occurs in their respective communities. They assert that Black and other non-Caucasian leaders are only furthering dividing America with their baseless accusations of racism when there are other influential non-racial factors that causes such negative events to occur. They argue that Black and other non-Caucasian leaders should channel the energies of their respective constituents into more beneficial, constructive, and more profitable activities. Liberals state that Black and other non-Caucasian leaders have to defend, speak up for, and represent their respective racial group as the dominant culture will not-at least not in an objective manner. They maintain that many of the concerns and issues brought up by Black and other non-Caucasian leaders are legitimate ones. They contend that Black and non-Caucasians leaders are helping their constituents improve their quality of life and communities.

Even though there are issues which divide Conservatives & Liberals, each must come to a consensus & work to make America true to its creed.
Even though there are issues which divide Conservatives & Liberals, each must come to a consensus & work to make America true to its creed.

Summary

There are many key issues which are the source of contention and division between Conservatives and Liberals. Each political and ideological faction has a right to their respective viewpoints and perspectives. However, that should not prevent them from seeing a commonality as human beings and working jointly together to create an America that approximates the true meanings of its creed.

© 2015 Grace Marguerite Williams

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steve8miller 18 months ago from Ohio Great City of Dayton

Jesus talked about this saying in Mark chapter 3, verses 23-25.

"If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. "If a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand..."

This rings true as it always has and if you are an elite bloodline with a tight nit family you might have a vested interest in destroying the common mans family so you can have unlimited power. Our families are now destroyed and the bloodlines keep their family very close.

There is a reason for this. They want to keep power because they follow an evil doctrine that states only the most powerful deserve to survive. Unfortunately for us they consider money power. Paper money is power to them.

So they will kill us all to maintain their wealth. They see power rise and fall and they do not want to fall. So what will they do to prevent their falling. Well their own doctrine states only the strong should live. They believe money makes them strong. I have a few hubs on the topic as you can probably tell.


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gmwilliams 18 months ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York Author

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ahorseback 15 months ago

Hi G m , I'm afraid I've gotten to a place in my life where all I see are hopeless differences between cultures and gender's too blind to understand how compromise , working together AND excepting differences themselves will save us from something worse . I'm a news media addict in one way and am becoming one who wishes to detach from media altogether . Part of that, once' silent moral majority ' perhaps , that has fatigued of the flooding of differing ideals , the gender gap , the high profiting media itself . We ourselves have created a huge mess in America , one that very well may be incurable . And yet , It's the same ole same ole too ! The youth don't have any interest in the past or the elders of our culture . Men and women can't seem to click , all each see's are the advantages of the other ! Men say ," All she has to do is dress up walk a certain way and she's got the job ".........Women say ,"It's a mans world and I'm so weak " ......

The great melting pot of America perhaps ,has become an over stirred , over cooked , over stocked gruel , that everyone turns their nose up to . How do we change ? What do we do ? Is it even possible to cure these ill's or do they perhaps cure themselves after each of the issues run themselves through the mill ? ......Great hub ! It makes us think , which we all need to do ..........:-]


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gmwilliams 15 months ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York Author

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