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RainDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-01-10 03:36 PM
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35. no. the civil rights act was what started the divisions
the culture wars came out of the 1960s civil rights act signed into law by LBJ.

the insistence on rights for others that followed that is part of the original movement.. i.e. the African-American community inspired others.

it seems to me, when I look back at other eras I know of in the past, when great strides are made that increase human rights for democracy or power-sharing in a society, a backlash follows... sort of the last gasp of the old mindset.

then those who were around at the time die off and the people they influenced to think the same way seem to comprise a smaller and smaller part of the overall consensus.

George Wallace is the political godfather of the teabaggers, to me.
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  -DU'ers over 50: How responsible is Roe v Wade for today's political climate? newtothegame  Mar-01-10 12:33 PM   #0 
  - I'm a tiny litle bit under 50 but I voted anyway. If it wasn't abortion, it would have been somethin  Liberal_in_LA   Mar-01-10 12:34 PM   #1 
  - Exactly  zipplewrath   Mar-01-10 12:36 PM   #2 
  - Exactly, it might have been putting black folks back in the box  Warpy   Mar-01-10 12:37 PM   #3 
  - yep, or gay rights or women in the workplace or immigration. Hateful  Liberal_in_LA   Mar-01-10 12:39 PM   #4 
  - Yep. It was just the biggest hook the right wing could find.  EFerrari   Mar-01-10 12:56 PM   #20 
  - I am over 50, and while i totally see your point  AmandaRuth   Mar-01-10 12:42 PM   #5 
  - "All politics is local." Tip O'Neill And, nothing is more "local" than one's beliefs/principles.  Tierra_y_Libertad   Mar-01-10 12:44 PM   #6 
  - Civil rights was THE issue that polarized American politics.  BurtWorm   Mar-01-10 12:44 PM   #7 
  - And racial (or sexual) politics still dominates.  rurallib   Mar-01-10 01:04 PM   #22 
  - Today's political climate has to do with malicious individuals  ixion   Mar-01-10 12:44 PM   #8 
  - I'm 66 and remember when that ruling weas read. Some at work were  napi21   Mar-01-10 12:44 PM   #9 
  - People who bitterly cling to guns, religion and antipathy are responsible. nt  onehandle   Mar-01-10 12:45 PM   #10 
  - Somewhat.  Lasher   Mar-01-10 12:45 PM   #11 
  - its all about the money: the wedge issues are irrelevant frankly  Lerkfish   Mar-01-10 12:45 PM   #12 
  - Great post. n/t  newtothegame   Mar-01-10 12:48 PM   #14 
  - I think that the Cult of the Fetus is somewhat important  Birthmark   Mar-01-10 12:48 PM   #13 
  - Roe v. Wade is not responsible, but it is a useful tool for the RW to use to get support  Arkansas Granny   Mar-01-10 12:50 PM   #15 
  - Today's So-Called Toxic Environment  3324SS   Mar-01-10 12:50 PM   #16 
  - Welcome aboard - good post  Echo In Light   Mar-01-10 12:52 PM   #17 
     - That was My Last POST Ever on DU!  3324SS   Mar-01-10 02:30 PM   #33 
  - I've been around for years longer than Roe v. Wade was decided  Cirque du So-What   Mar-01-10 12:54 PM   #18 
  - Educate yourself, don't poll yourself a water cooler argument.  omega minimo   Mar-01-10 12:55 PM   #19 
  - Pro-choice is a way of thinking.  BonnieJW   Mar-01-10 12:57 PM   #21 
  - Not responsible.  proud2BlibKansan   Mar-01-10 01:06 PM   #23 
  - I think it has a LOT to do with it  jmowreader   Mar-01-10 01:13 PM   #24 
  - America did not become polarized because of Roe vs. Wade. It's become polarized in the last  sinkingfeeling   Mar-01-10 01:24 PM   #25 
  - I'd say the current polarization stems from the 60's and the general awakening of the people  Greyhound   Mar-01-10 01:38 PM   #28 
  - To me, an anti-abortion dem is better than any republican-- thats my belief  demosincebirth   Mar-01-10 01:27 PM   #26 
  - They can be anti-abortion personally but once they become anti-choice, they are as bad  OmmmSweetOmmm   Mar-01-10 05:04 PM   #42 
     - Me, being a "yellow dog" democrat, I have to disagree  demosincebirth   Mar-01-10 09:00 PM   #44 
  - I'm well over 50 and I can say it's not the abortion issue, its corporate media.  OregonBlue   Mar-01-10 01:33 PM   #27 
  - That's one of the few issues that still drives people...  TreasonousBastard   Mar-01-10 01:48 PM   #29 
  - Nixon's silent majority was the beginning for me.  county worker   Mar-01-10 02:08 PM   #30 
  - If it hadn't been abortion, it would have been something else  Orangepeel   Mar-01-10 02:15 PM   #31 
  - It was arguably responsible for Ronald Reagan's landslide victory in 1980  closeupready   Mar-01-10 02:22 PM   #32 
  - not so, the iran hostage crisis was the reason for reagan EOM  pitohui   Mar-01-10 05:03 PM   #40 
  - In the 60's and early 70's, abortion wasn't a big issue among evengelicals.  JHB   Mar-01-10 03:31 PM   #34 
  - no. the civil rights act was what started the divisions  RainDog   Mar-01-10 03:36 PM   #35 
  - Somewhat.  Igel   Mar-01-10 04:34 PM   #36 
  - I think Abortion, Gay Rights and Immigration formed a triad for inciting the bigots  NorthCarolina   Mar-01-10 04:50 PM   #37 
  - Our legacy of mass murder, war, slavery, and bigotry colors today's political climate.  Swamp Rat   Mar-01-10 04:59 PM   #38 
  - roe vs. wade isn't responsible for the political climate, that makes no sense  pitohui   Mar-01-10 05:01 PM   #39 
  - If you take away the social issues most people would vote for democrats because  southernyankeebelle   Mar-01-10 05:03 PM   #41 
  - It's merely a wedge issue  ChickMagic   Mar-01-10 05:07 PM   #43 
 

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