Myth Of Polarized America Analysis

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In the book Culture War? The Myth of Polarized America the author Morris P. Fiorina details how the country believes that America is separated into two major political parties, the Democrats and the Republicans with a few swing voters in between. However, the author states the actuality is that more people are on the inside of the lines rather than extreme liberal ideologies and extreme conservative ideologies. The author discusses controversial topics such as abortion and gay marriage and shows examples as to why polarization on these topics are not seen in America. He goes on to explain how America is actually quite the opposite in that the nation is depolarizing their views on these contentious topics. Americans tend to turn to culture wars when they feel a deep anger and frustration about the state of affairs. An example of Americans caught in a culture war was during the Monica Lewinsky affair or as Fiorina puts it, “The year of angry white males”(2) where in the year 2000 Americans were more angry than ever before. A culture was is when a large number of people from a certain demographic oppose and loathe their …show more content…

Bush and John Kerry that took place in 2004 which Fiorina begged the question Fiorina, What one issue mattered most to you in deciding how you voted for president? (146) A majority of the American people answered saying either taxes, education, or the problems in Iraq. Fiorina precedes to then ask the people, What did you like most about your choice for president? The public then responds with saying that he shared their values. So with this I believe that most Americans have about the same values they may have a slight difference of opinion on different subjects but I don't believe this constitutes our nation as being as polarize has some may believe. Americans definitely debate and discuss the issues but I agree with the author when he states that America is not

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