Will Obama Take Us Beyond the Culture Wars? It has been some years since Graff argued in Beyond the Culture Wars for academia's taking the time to emphasize the culture wars in an effort to get beyond them. Now it is 2009, enter Barack Obama: Bipartisan in his ideology, of the thirteenth generation , he would appear to be the ideal politician to heal the divisions which have fractured our culture.
Thus far, Obama has seemed to be annoying and pleasing, by turns. both the right and the lefr. What strikes me chiefly is his coolness, his refined calm in the face of the eruptions of hysteria which come on the heels of some appointee which has ruffled the left, or made the right recoil. I would assume that the supremacy of the left bias - the alleged one, that is - and the angry backlashing coming from the right will abate as the economic and global issues dominate, under this new leader, moving like a charmed and regal figure against a
Bush-whacked landscape. Certainly, the '90s era has ended at last ( I beleive a study of decades found that the 50s ended in '64; the 60s in '74, and so forth. We have been tarrying a long time in the '90s, as though fearful of a return to concensus).
One area which will see the greatest change , in my belief, is marriage and divorce. The former will gain in respect - seen as perfunctory and not merely a matter of taste - and the latter will increasingly be viewed as a failure. This is all to the good; in evey sociological and psychological aspect this confusion regarding marriage and gender relating which was the distinguishing feature of the '90s has been a collosal failure, and gay marriage, with its erroneous and weak "love" argument, was a product of this Unravelling-era chaos and ruin. David Usher makes an excellent argument here: http://mensnewdaily.com/2008/05/16/california-gay-marriage-a-state-in-irreversible-decline/