Tonights program dedication is to : Lt. Colonel Irving Thomas Shanley of Shrewsbury, formerly of Northborough, a retired US Army & D-Day Veteran, died on Monday, December 3, 2012 Conservative Primetime-
The United States clearly remains the standard, by most accounts, of progressive democracy and "the good life" at this point in world history.In many ways, the four presidential elections of the 21st century have reflected the turbulence of American democracy. Elections 2000, 2004, 2008, and 2012 all revealed an American nation bifurcating into two distinct philosophical personalities and cultural societies -- simultaneously competitive, commingled, and interdependent -- each with legitimate but starkly different visions of our national destiny. On one hand is "Traditional America" -- a historically dominant white society, rooted in rural, small town, middle regions, which subscribes to religious convictions, community values, and relatively conservative government. On the other hand is "Emerging America" -- a growing, eclectic society of relatively liberal and historically disadvantaged citizens in urban and coastal areas who are inclined toward social diversity, moral tolerance, and activist government.
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