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Regarding America’s trend toward social liberalism

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It may surprise you to learn that the steady increase in public approval of certain types of social liberalism in America in recent decades is not entirely a case of old conservatives dying off and being replaced by more progressive-minded young folks.

Oh, sure, generation gaps are part of the situation. That’s always been the case.  But it’s not really that simple.

I don’t have any recent poll numbers at hand to support my point, but I don’t really need any. When I wrote on this subject some years ago, I used results of a 2012 Gallup Report, which read in part as follows:

Americans are approaching unanimity in their views of marriages between blacks and whites, with 86% now approving of such unions. Americans’ views on interracial marriage have undergone a major transformation in the past five decades. When Gallup first asked about black-white marriages in 1958, 4% approved. More Americans disapproved than approved until 1983, and approval did not exceed the majority level until 1997.

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Today’s older Americans, those aged 50 and older, are much more likely to approve of black-white marriage than people of the same age a generation ago; 78% today vs. 27% in 1991, a 51-point shift. At the same time, there has also been a 33-point increase among 18- to 29-year-olds (64% to 97%) and a 35-point increase among 30- to 49-year-olds (from 56% to 91%) between the two time periods.

Think about that. Public support for interracial marriage didn’t reach a majority until 1997! I have food in my fridge that’s older than that.

Certain other social issues — gay marriage and legalization of marijuana, to name just two — also have gained public support in recent years, sometimes in the wake of favorable court rulings. Gay marriage, for example, was legalized nationally by a Supreme Court decision  rather than by federal legislation. But public reaction to the high court’s ruling generally has been favorable, which would have been unthinkable not so long ago.

Meanwhile, recreational use of marijuana has been legalized in half a dozen states, and the trend is spreading. And one thing about this matter seems certain: states that have given the green light to selling and consuming weed don’t seem likely to reverse course anytime soon. It saves taxpayers money and eases pressure on the criminal justice system.

But there’s something else to consider about this increase is social liberalism among Americans in general. The Gallup organization made this point more than a decade ago:

The increase in approval of black-white marriage among all Americans… is probably more the result of changing attitudes within the population than it is changes in the composition of the population with more socially progressive younger adults replacing less progressive older ones. This is evident from examining the same age cohorts in 1991 and now. Each cohort shows 30 point or more increases in approval of black-white marriage today compared with the same group’s attitudes 20 years ago.

Be that as it may, the fact remains that most of the obituaries published in local newspapers these days mark the passing of folks who were considerably less liberal than their progeny on matters of race, sexuality and the recreational use of soft drugs.

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  1. Soooooo … being a decent human being …is …liberal?
    Hummm …that explains the current GOP/Republican Party governance, practices and policies from the top down …the diametrically opposite of liberal.
    Yeah …they call it “conservative”!

  2. Oh really, so its that simple, liberal good, wonderful, honorable…. conservative bad, evil, to be scorned. Total BS

    On todays rag aka, the huffington post, the headline is PELOSI WONT SAY IF SHE BELIEVES CONYERS ACCUSERS, the when you open up the link the headine is Nancy Pelosi Wont Say if Conyers Should Resign.

    That’s all it takes these days, an accusation, an allegation and if you’re a public figure you have to decide that persons fate regardless of due process… and Im in no way standing up for Conyers as he did settle with someone for $27000… but to listen to new claims being made almost daily against men, and people being destroyed based solely on accusations, allegations made in the court of public opinion, it should be extremely disturbing to every person alive.

    This is what happened during the Salem Witch Trial era and people died because of it. Is that where we’re heading?

    I know of a person in Rockford, a Castro Street clone type, a self proclaimed intellectual type, a high game player by self proclamation type, an aging Selma Avenue hustler who lived at the YMCA type (look it up), who operates just like I noted above. Spreads vicious gossip that is based in blatant lies, half truths, and innuendo, about people who don’t view him as the superior person he sees himself as or who’ve offended his tender and fragile scrawny ego, with the intent to assassinate peoples character (a term I first heard used from that same person above, and Im fairly certain he’s posted on this blog and utilized the very style Im calling out). That’s what the left has become. Nothing but hurlers of accusations and allegations with deliberate intent to destroy people, because the left has become that vicious, and all because they can’t defend why theyre the peoples party and understand their presidential election loss was because of it.

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/nancy-pelosi-john-conyers_us_5a1ade55e4b0cee6c0505350?ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009

  3. I found this by accident and found it interesting. “Do not be deceived: Leftism is an enigma. We need a theorem that explains not one or two aspects of Leftism, but all their traits.”
    http://www.scifiwright.com/2014/03/the-unified-field-theory-of-madness/

  4. What about Americas trend toward loony leftedness. Now Rudoplh the Red Nosed Reindeer and the characters are xenophobes, bullies, a jerk and all the other terms the leftist snowflakes have to call everything these days, that doesn’t meet their views from their sheltered lives being raised by helicopter parents (that the govt forced parents to become). No wonder so many (not all) of these newer generations are nothing but whiners. They never had to deal with adversity as a child. They always had a parent to mediate things that kids use to work out between themselves. That use to be the natural process to learn lifes quirks and inequities.

    And as a sidenote, another ones bites the dust. Matt Lauer fired… What’s this country going to look like in a year? Are all these firings and allegations, how we make space for the new robots who will become our entertainers and journalist? Much of our news is not written by humans. How creepy things are getting.

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/santa-claus-rudolph-jerk_us_5a1e63dae4b0d724fed4acca?ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009

  5. Steverino

    Garrison Keillor just made the list. Good thing Mr. Rogers and Capt Kangaroo are gone.

  6. Some of these claims of sexual harrassment and abuse are legitimate, some sound like opportunities by the supposed victim to pile on for the 15 minutes of fame that social media is enabling, and I question just how harmed were they?

    If Garrison K. wasnt a celebrity, I doubt he’d be the subject of a national news story, based on what’s coming out about his supposed impropriety.

    If we’re all honest as we listen to these daily claims of abuse, harassment and blatant unwanted advances, some of these claims sound more legitimate than others.

  7. If Pelosi and Ryan are going to call for Conyers to step down, it only seems fair for the senate leaders to ask Franken to step down too. The only difference seems to be that Conyers actually settled with a plaintiff and Franken hasn’t got there yet.

    While were going through this cleansing process, why not expose all the people in congress who’ve been accused of sexual this & that and settled out of court with that slush fund that was tax payer funded. Get rid of those offenders too, right?

    Of course, notice the silence from the leftist on this board. Come on? Should Conyers be the only one asked to step down? Doesn’t that reek of racism?

  8. Steverino

    I didn’t realize how old Conyers is and for that reason alone he really needs to step down because all this negative attention is going to do him in. As for Franken it’s a different story especially coming from two “GOP” women one of whom (the Playmate) did the same thing she accused him of doing. He’s being called for inappropriate touching in front of a camera, nothing sinister behind closed doors which seems odd. The most recent photo shows him with his arm and hand on the woman’s back and unless she’s got back boobs it’s hard to accept anything that might be inappropriate but then he’s asked for an ethics investigation so go forward with it and stop the railroading.

  9. Is Patrick dead? Or did his handlers tell him to lay low? His last blog subject entry was Nov 22? Something’s not right.

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