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The paper discusses American society's intense and passionate divides over policy issues, constitutional interpretations and moral ideologies during the previous decade. The paper refers to Fiorina's text "Culture War? The Myth of a Polarized America," where he argues that the supposed culture-divide in America is an illusion constructed by politicians, private interests and activist agencies as a way to achieve personal agendas. The paper takes issue with this belief and argues that to suggest that such spiritual, political or philosophical ideals are only influenced by a dedication to political parties and platforms is to reduce the personal, emotional, ethnic, spiritual and cultural individualities that make the U.S. a diverse nation. The paper asserts that the desire to argue for the existence of a homogenous political culture smacks not just of over-simplification, but of a concerted and one-sided political agenda.
From the Paper:"This does not seem, unfortunately, to fully comprehend the realities of America's vastness and simultaneous dedication to a supposed American identity. At the crux of this argument is the belief that, in fact, most Americans share some basic ideals where culture is concerned. To prove the point, Fiorina considers voting and polling patterns within the culture across several issues which remain controversial in spite of decades of discourse and change. Specifically, he considers such matters as homosexuality and abortion, both of which do seem to invoke a great deal of debate as inclined by religious and philosophical viewpoints. In referring to a "political order dominated by activists and elected officials who behave like squabbling children in a crowded sandbox," Fiorina suggests that these are issues which do not actually generate the intense public emotion and disagreement betwixt Americans that casts a dividing line down the middle (Fiorina 102).
"The text makes the argument that the public is led to perceive of its internal differences by politicians and activists with far more uncompromising views than that of the average voter. This view relies heavily on statistical evidence, which takes framed questions and invokes simple responses without the encumbering of nuance. The idea that the American public has been duped into believing itself committed to certain spiritual, political or philosophical ideals is one which, without prejudice, is insulting to the whole of the American public."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Fiorina, M.P. (2005). Culture War? The Myth of a Polarized America. New York: Pearson Education, Inc.
Cite this Persuasive Essay:
American Multiculturalism (2012, January 30) Retrieved March 02, 2024, from https://www.academon.com/persuasive-essay/american-multiculturalism-150248/
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