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The DIVIDE in America, Part I

Updated on September 18, 2015

The GREAT American Division

There's currently a divide among Americans along political & sociocultural lines. This has been predicted by social observers & political pundits whether they are conservative, liberal, libertarian, independent, & even apolitical.
There's currently a divide among Americans along political & sociocultural lines. This has been predicted by social observers & political pundits whether they are conservative, liberal, libertarian, independent, & even apolitical.
Such social observers & pundits contend that there is an increasing & deeper divide between conservatives & liberals. Some go as far to argue that there may be a  political civil war between conservatives & liberals in America.
Such social observers & pundits contend that there is an increasing & deeper divide between conservatives & liberals. Some go as far to argue that there may be a political civil war between conservatives & liberals in America.
Conservative & liberal Americans have become VERY,even EXTREMELY unapologetic in their viewpoints & perspectives regarding key sociopolitical issues.However, there a few of both factions can have amicable discussions, even agreeing to disagree.
Conservative & liberal Americans have become VERY,even EXTREMELY unapologetic in their viewpoints & perspectives regarding key sociopolitical issues.However, there a few of both factions can have amicable discussions, even agreeing to disagree.
There are conservatives & liberals who staunchly contend that THEIR respective viewpoint/perspective are the only legitimate/logic ones while the opposing viewpoint/perspective is main illogical conjecture, even nonsensical hyperbole.
There are conservatives & liberals who staunchly contend that THEIR respective viewpoint/perspective are the only legitimate/logic ones while the opposing viewpoint/perspective is main illogical conjecture, even nonsensical hyperbole.

There is INDEED a GREAT Divide

In the book, Generations The History of America's Future 1584 to 2069, by William Strauss and Neil Howe published in 1992, Messrs. Strauss and Howe was on target when they predicted that there will be strong political/ideological divide between modernist(liberal) and traditionalist(conservative) Americans in the early 21st century. They further discussed that besides this political division, there is going to be a further division among geographic lines between liberal East/West Coast Americans and conservative Midwestern/Southern Americans. They even reported that such political and sociocultural division among Americans will result in talks that some states will make the decision to secede from the rest of the United States.

Messrs. Strauss and Howe were not the only social observers who predicted that there was going to be a coming divide in the 21st century among political and sociocultural lines. There are other social observers and many pundits- conservative, liberal, libertarian, independent, and politically unaffiliated- who proclaim that there is indeed a divide, even an ideological civil war between conservatives and liberals. Furthermore unlike the past, many conservatives and liberals are becoming very unapologetic regarding expressing and acting upon their beliefs regarding the key sociopolitical issues of today.

There are some conservatives and liberals who contend that although they have different even opposite beliefs and viewpoints regarding issues, both factions assert that each faction has a right to their particular observation regarding the issue at hand. They are mature enough to have discussions without any animosity on both their parts, even seeing the issue in a different light. In essence, they have the capability of agreeing to disagree.

However, there are more staunch conservatives and liberals who will not agree to disagree on certain key issues. It is their intention to go for the psychic jugular of their opposition. Their contention is their particular outlook on such issues are the only legitimate way and the opposition's outlook is an uneducated synopsis at best and a thoughtless hyperbole at worst. In this hub, I shall discuss the key issues of the most contention between conservatives and liberals. In Part I of this hub, I will address the following : (1) women's reproductive freedoms/rights issues, (2) amnesty program, and (3) the election and presidency of President Obama. In Part II of this hub, I will speak on (4) gender equality (5)welfare/social programs, and (5) race issues.


Women's Bodies, Women's Rights??

Women's reproductive freedoms/rights is THE MOST controversial &contentious issue w/conservatives & liberals, esp. the issue of abortion. Conservatives maintain that life starts at conception & abortion is murder rooted in selfish convenience.
Women's reproductive freedoms/rights is THE MOST controversial &contentious issue w/conservatives & liberals, esp. the issue of abortion. Conservatives maintain that life starts at conception & abortion is murder rooted in selfish convenience.
Liberals maintain that it is a woman's right to have an abortion.They contend that NO woman should endure an unwanted pregnancy that could affect her physically, emotionally, mentally, even psychically.To them, anti-abortion is anti-woman.
Liberals maintain that it is a woman's right to have an abortion.They contend that NO woman should endure an unwanted pregnancy that could affect her physically, emotionally, mentally, even psychically.To them, anti-abortion is anti-woman.
To Conservatives, the issue of abortion is that if a woman becomes pregnant,it is her moral responsibility to bear the child.Whether or not the child is wanted is of no consequence at all-people WANT to adopt. To them, it is about ACCOUNTABILITY!
To Conservatives, the issue of abortion is that if a woman becomes pregnant,it is her moral responsibility to bear the child.Whether or not the child is wanted is of no consequence at all-people WANT to adopt. To them, it is about ACCOUNTABILITY!
Liberals maintain that Conservatives are actually fearful of  women having complete control over their bodies.They assert that the Conservative position against abortion is to punish women who go beyond the traditional feminine paradigm.
Liberals maintain that Conservatives are actually fearful of women having complete control over their bodies.They assert that the Conservative position against abortion is to punish women who go beyond the traditional feminine paradigm.
A hot issue w/Conservatives & Liberals is  companies/corporations paying for birth control. Conservatives maintain that the woman should pay for HER OWN birth control.They further assert that they SHOULDN'T have to pay for a woman's lifestyle choice.
A hot issue w/Conservatives & Liberals is companies/corporations paying for birth control. Conservatives maintain that the woman should pay for HER OWN birth control.They further assert that they SHOULDN'T have to pay for a woman's lifestyle choice.
Liberals maintain that since birth control is an intrinsic part of women's health, companies/corporations SHOULD pay for such. They further assert that EVERY woman has a right to birth control which should be subsidized.
Liberals maintain that since birth control is an intrinsic part of women's health, companies/corporations SHOULD pay for such. They further assert that EVERY woman has a right to birth control which should be subsidized.

The Issue of Women's Reproductive Freedom/Rights




The subject of women's reproductive freedoms and rights is a subject of strong, even vehement contention between conservatives and liberals. In fact, it is the MOST contentious issue between both factions. The political divide oftentimes override the gender division regarding this highly controversial issue. For instance regarding the issue of abortion, Conservatives vehemently assert that life begins around conception. They contend that abortion is murder because it is the taking of a human life. Liberals present a counterargument that there is no human life until there is viability on its own. They further argue that an embryo and fetus in its early stages are not classified as a viable baby.



There is even another argument to this scenario. Conservatives contend that if a woman gets pregnant, she should own up to her responsibility and not terminate the pregnancy. They maintain that for a woman to have an abortion is a selfish act of convenience on her part. Liberals assert that a woman has the unmitigated right to the control her body. They further contend that no woman should be subjected to an unwanted pregnancy which could effect her physically, emotionally, mentally, psychologically, even psychically. They proclaim that every child should be a wanted child.


Conservatives insist that whether the child is wanted or not is of no consequence. They even state that if the child is not wanted, the latter could always be put up for adoption as there are couples who want children but are unable to conceive. There are even some Conservatives who see abortion as a hedonistic act of expediency. It is their assertion that if a woman has a relationship, she ought to realize the ramifications and responsibilities of the relationship. They maintain that such ramifications should not expediency done away with. Liberals believe that women should have absolute control over her body. They add that relationships can end in pregnancy because contraception is not always effective. They state that why should a woman be penalized, even punished because of an unplanned pregnancy. They see the Conservative anti-abortion position as a deep anti-woman bias in relation to the good girl/bad girl scenario. In their estimation, Conservatives feel that if a woman has relationships, she is a bad girl who should be punished.



Another source of contention is companies/corporations paying for birth control for its employees. Conservatives argue that paying for birth control is an infringement of companies/corporations who do not believe in birth control for religious reasons. They assert that such companies/corporations should not have to pay for birth control, adding that the employee should pay for her own birth control. Some would go further to state that they are not going to pay for women who elect to indulge in a particular lifestyle. Liberals argue that birth control is an intrinsic part of women's health care and to goes to reason that companies/corporations should pay for such health care. They further contend that birth control should be made accessible to any woman who needs it, adding that people should not mind paying for such health care. They assert that the particular religious beliefs of a company/corporation should have no bearing regarding birth control as there IS separation of church and state. There are a few Liberals who will argue that if Conservatives had their way, they would do away with birth control altogether as the latter believes that women who use birth control are under the radar in terms of gender so to speak.


AMNESTY.........Yet Another Source of MUCH Contention

The amnesty issue is a HOT one between Conservatives & Liberals.Conservatives say that immigration is fine but these current group of immigrants are uneducated/unskilled thus won't add to the economy.It is even said that they will DRAIN America.
The amnesty issue is a HOT one between Conservatives & Liberals.Conservatives say that immigration is fine but these current group of immigrants are uneducated/unskilled thus won't add to the economy.It is even said that they will DRAIN America.
Liberals argue that America is a nation of immigrants. They feel that these immigrants should be given the opportunity to have the American dream. They maintain that those against amnesty had immigrant ancestors who fled oppressive countries.
Liberals argue that America is a nation of immigrants. They feel that these immigrants should be given the opportunity to have the American dream. They maintain that those against amnesty had immigrant ancestors who fled oppressive countries.
Conservatives maintain that current immigrants DON'T want to be assimilated into American society.They insist that these immigrants want to RETAIN their own culture & language. They say that these immigrants want to be in America but not of it.
Conservatives maintain that current immigrants DON'T want to be assimilated into American society.They insist that these immigrants want to RETAIN their own culture & language. They say that these immigrants want to be in America but not of it.
Liberals argue that the animus against the current immigrants is mostly racially based. They contend that America is becoming increasingly multiracial & many Conservatives want, even pine for the old order America which is becoming EXTINCT.
Liberals argue that the animus against the current immigrants is mostly racially based. They contend that America is becoming increasingly multiracial & many Conservatives want, even pine for the old order America which is becoming EXTINCT.
Conservative maintain that with the dire socioeconomic conditions in America, the current immigrants ADD to the problem. They see  Americans who are dire straits socioeconomically.Their motto is that America's FIRST priority is to fellow Americans.
Conservative maintain that with the dire socioeconomic conditions in America, the current immigrants ADD to the problem. They see Americans who are dire straits socioeconomically.Their motto is that America's FIRST priority is to fellow Americans.
Liberals contend that the current immigrants are not the problem at all. They say that there is ENOUGH money to assist these immigrants. To them, the money used for wars & corporation are better used to help these immigrants.
Liberals contend that the current immigrants are not the problem at all. They say that there is ENOUGH money to assist these immigrants. To them, the money used for wars & corporation are better used to help these immigrants.
Conservatives assert that these immigrants are taking away jobs that Americans need thus pushing the latter into poverty. They state that as a result of this, there will be a great sociocultural chasm, even a sociocultural war.
Conservatives assert that these immigrants are taking away jobs that Americans need thus pushing the latter into poverty. They state that as a result of this, there will be a great sociocultural chasm, even a sociocultural war.
Liberals say that these immigrants are doing the jobs that Americans find too onerous & odious.They contend that the former are receiving a fraction of the pay that Americans would receive.They maintain that the former are adding to the economy.
Liberals say that these immigrants are doing the jobs that Americans find too onerous & odious.They contend that the former are receiving a fraction of the pay that Americans would receive.They maintain that the former are adding to the economy.

Oh, Yes..............The Amnesty Issue




The amnesty issue is a much contested issue between Conservatives and Liberals. Conservatives see the amnesty program as a bane of their existence. They maintain that they do not mind immigration per se but they view the current group of immigrants as not beneficial to the American fabric. They assert that immigration is fine if the immigrants possess the prerequisite education and/or skills to contribute to society. Liberals contend that America is a nation of immigrants. They further counter that these immigrants suffered under intolerable conditions in their respective countries and this country granted them the opportunity to better their lives. They assert that those who complain regarding the current group of immigrants had immigrant ancestors who came to America from oppressive countries.


Conservatives contend that the current immigrants really do not want to assimilate into American culture and society. They maintain that unlike past immigrants who wanted to assimilate into American culture/society and learn its values, these immigrants want to retain their particular culture and language. these immigrants insist on retaining their culture, even speaking their language. They argue that the current group of immigrants believe that they are not the interlopers but it is THE FORMER who are interlopers. Liberals maintain that there is a racial basis to many Conservatives being against the amnesty program. They argue that America is becoming more heterogeneous and diverse in terms of race and ethnicity. They further assert that America is no longer a Caucasian nation and Conservatives are not quite comfortable with that aspect. They contend that Conservatives view such immigrants as the harbinger of an increasingly multiethnic/multiracial America.



Conservatives see the current immigrants as quite problematic. They cite how these immigrants are creating even a precarious socioeconomic condition in America. They argue that there are enough Americans who are in dire socioeconomic situations and these immigrants will only exacerbate the problem. They find it fallacious that Americans who have socioeconomic problems should take priority over these immigrants. Liberals maintain that America has the economic resources to assist these immigrants in making a better life. They contend that if monies can be spent for wars and given to corporations, surely such monies can be found to help these immigrants. They assert that the present dire socioeconomic situation in America is the fault of the corporations and the wealthy, not the immigrants.




Conservatives argue that the current immigrants are taking jobs from Americans that need them, pushing some Americans further into poverty. They even contend the competition for jobs which create animosity between these immigrants and other sociocultural groups in addition to other affected groups. There are a few Conservatives who state that if more of these immigrants come to America, there is going to be a sociocultural war, especially for those who are at the highest level of competition with the former regarding jobs and neighborhoods. Liberals assert that these immigrants are doing the jobs that Americans do not want to do as such jobs are onerous and odious. They further argue that these immigrants are working at a fraction of the pay that Americans are paid. They maintain that, if anything, these immigrants are adding and enriching the economy as other immigrants have done before them.

President Barack Obama-Who is HE Really?

The election of President Obama is near the top of contentious issues between Conservatives & Liberals. There is an ideological divide regarding the effectiveness of how President Obama impacted America, either for better or worse.
The election of President Obama is near the top of contentious issues between Conservatives & Liberals. There is an ideological divide regarding the effectiveness of how President Obama impacted America, either for better or worse.
Conservatives see President Obama as the GREAT DIVIDER.To them, Obama created a chasm between Americans based upon racial,gender,socioeconomic,& ideological lines.They argue that Obama prioritized sociopolitical issues, ignoring socioeconomic ones.
Conservatives see President Obama as the GREAT DIVIDER.To them, Obama created a chasm between Americans based upon racial,gender,socioeconomic,& ideological lines.They argue that Obama prioritized sociopolitical issues, ignoring socioeconomic ones.
Liberals assert that President Obama is the GREAT UNITER. They contend that Obama made people look beyond their artificial boundaries, feeling that they are one category-HUMAN. They see President Obama as a symbol of a new diverse America.
Liberals assert that President Obama is the GREAT UNITER. They contend that Obama made people look beyond their artificial boundaries, feeling that they are one category-HUMAN. They see President Obama as a symbol of a new diverse America.
Conservative believe that Obama is anti-American. They contend that Obama wants to dismantle cherished American culture & values. They assert that Obama  wants to create a new, but WORSE America.
Conservative believe that Obama is anti-American. They contend that Obama wants to dismantle cherished American culture & values. They assert that Obama wants to create a new, but WORSE America.
Liberals maintain that President Obama is implementing the TRUE meaning of America. They say that he is making an America that includes EVERYONE, not just the select few. To them, Obama symbolizes 21st century America.
Liberals maintain that President Obama is implementing the TRUE meaning of America. They say that he is making an America that includes EVERYONE, not just the select few. To them, Obama symbolizes 21st century America.
Conservatives believe that President Obama wants to create a more intrusive government. They maintain that Obama want to implement more social programs with the purpose of creating a large permanent underclass.
Conservatives believe that President Obama wants to create a more intrusive government. They maintain that Obama want to implement more social programs with the purpose of creating a large permanent underclass.
To Liberals, President Obama creates social programs w/the purpose to protect & safeguard Americans.They maintain that these social programs are socioeconomic safeguards against hard timesThey say that w/o such programs, America would be WORST off.
To Liberals, President Obama creates social programs w/the purpose to protect & safeguard Americans.They maintain that these social programs are socioeconomic safeguards against hard timesThey say that w/o such programs, America would be WORST off.

President Obama



If the twice elected President Barack Obama has not been the source of contention between Conservatives and Liberals, then no other issue is. The election of President Barack Obama marked a new era to many Americans. He was the first Black president. There are many who feel that President Obama represents a new, exciting America. To some Americans, President Obama is not the usual politician but someone who genuinely cares about people.



Conservatives consider President Barack Obama to be the GREAT DIVIDER. They argue never before in history has an American President divided people along racial, gender, socioeconomic, and ideological lines. They maintain that President Obama has not fostered understanding along these lines but further exacerbated division among people of different races, genders, socioeconomic classes, and ideological persuasions. They assert that President Obama made America worse, especially socioeconomically, not concentrating on socioeconomics issue but instead prioritized sociopolitical issues. Liberals assert that President Barack Obama was the GREAT UNITER. They contend that the overall climate in America is better because of President Obama. They remark that he stimulated the economy, reducing unemployment and instituted the Affordable Care Act known as Obamacare which is a great help to those who previously could not afford health insurance. They maintain that President Barack Obama is indeed a voice for the oppressed and underdogs of society.


Conservatives remark that President Obama is anti-American and his real intention to dismantle, even destroy American culture, values, and/or tradition. They maintain that President Obama want to make America a multiracial, multicultural nation. They further argue that President Obama sees other nations on a par with America, citing that America is exceptional then other nations are. Liberals assert that President Obama is very American. They maintain that the old America is becoming antiquated. They believe that American must become a more inclusive nation if she is going to thrive in the postmodern world. They feel that the idea of American hegemony over the world is a bulwark of imperialism, ethnocentrism, and even racism.



Conservatives contend that President Obama wants to create a more intrusive government, a nanny state. They maintain that with that vein that it is President Obama's intention to further decimate the middle class through implementation of more social programs. They state that President Obama desires to create a permanent, dependent underclass. Liberals assert that President Obama want to implement programs to care for the most vulnerable among us. They add that government programs are essential to safeguard people against abuses by companies/corporations and other entities. They further contend that social programs are a socioeconomic safety net for those in terms of need. They cite the implementation of such social programs such as social security and how such a program provides financial security for our elderly and those who need it.

In Part II of this hub, I will discuss even more issues which are a source of contention and division between Conservative and Liberal Americans.

© 2015 Grace Marguerite Williams

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    • Kiss andTales profile image

      Kiss andTales 2 years ago

      This subject was written about way before our birth,but we live in the time to see the fulfillments.

      Notice!

      Reference Bible Da 2:41 “And whereas you beheld the feet and the toes to be partly of molded clay of a potter and partly of iron, the kingdom itself will prove to be divided, but somewhat of the hardness of iron will prove to be in it, forasmuch as you beheld the iron mixed with moist clay.

      Reference Bible Da 2:42 And as for the toes of the feet being partly of iron and partly of molded clay, the kingdom will partly prove to be strong and will partly prove to be fragile.

      The Anglo American world power / USA and Britain.

      We are toes of that image of prophesy.

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      WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      The issue is actually quite simple and can be boiled down to this:

      Conservatives want the Constitutionally limited federal government the Founding Fathers gave us, which was supposed to smooth the way so we could prosper in freedom and liberty, but otherwise stay out of our lives.

      Liberals want a massive, powerful government that sees to all our wants and needs whether we like it or not. A good example of that is Obamacare, a massive intrusion imposed on us by liberals that most Americans angrily oppose.

      So the real question is what do we want? Freedom or a cradle to grave nanny state? We cannot have both.

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      Grace Marguerite Williams 2 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

      What you have stated is indeed true. Thank you for stopping by and adding to the discussion. I just wanted to explore and discuss many of the key contentious issues that are dividing Conservatives and Liberals. This hub was written to garner discussions. Glad you are here, Mr. Starr and God bless.

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      TSAD 2 years ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

      It isn't any of these 'key contentious issues" that divide Conservatives and Liberals. The divide exists because of diametrically opposed philosophies, exactly what WillStar points out, it is that simple, and the wise sage WillStar nails it every time! He does not allow the "contentious issues' to cloud the real issue, the cause of the DIVIDE" as his commenyt clearly demonstrates.

      However, consistent conservatives and liberals do share one habit that distinguishes them from other Americans: They spend a lot of time talking about politics and government,a part of a pattern of more intense political engagement among those at either end of the ideological spectrum. Which begs the question, which are YOU, the reader here, Conservative or Liberal? You know what I am because a conservative doesn't hesitate to say as WillStar did what the difference is, a liberal more often does because they have a problem with he truth.

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      Grace Marguerite Williams 2 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

      Good answer, continue the discussion.

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