Politics have had a persistent impact on the formation of American disaster relief policy. Since the 1960s, American politics have been dominated by the so-called culture wars, a conflict between conservative and liberal interests. This is not synonymous with a conflict between Republicans and Democrats, as each party has had internal debates over issues of the culture wars. The brief popularity in the 1990s of the Reform Party was informed by many of those same issues, as well as the argument that the two-party system is unable to address the ideological breadth of the nation. The origins of the culture wars began in the early 20th century, when ongoing conflicts developed between America's various political polar opposites. Though the difference in each side's vision of ...

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