WASHINGTON, DC, Nov 30 – Is the “Woke” era about to come to an end? Back in the ’60s and 70s, the everyday conversation was disrupted by the new reality of unisex speak, an effort to create gender blindness. There were no boyfriends and girlfriends or husbands and wives anymore; they were replaced by a partner or significant other. Sisters and brothers became siblings. And nieces and nephews were called niblings or siblings.
The unisex era came into being to “liberate” us from America’s so-called gender-based biases. Its political goals were mainly about providing gender equality in the workplace. Analogies have been made that compare the woke movement with the unisex era, but that doesn’t work. Unisexists certainly wanted to equalize the sexes, but they were not particularly motivated politically. The wokesters, however, are all about politics—the progressive politics of the left.
Just like the politically-correct demands of unisexist women in the 70s and 80s ran out of steam, so too is the politically Marxist woke movement that seeks to put an end to democracy in the U.S.
HBO talk show host Bill Maher identifies himself as a political liberal; more precisely, he says he is “an old-school liberal.”
Thus, he is at liberty to put down the notions of those Johnny-come-lately progressive Democrats who think the way to “save” America is to overthrow the government. He sees himself as being among the dwindling number of loyal Democrats in opposition to those who promote so-called “Woke Awareness.”
A few months ago, he denounced the woke movement, which sees America as an oppressive country. “Any immigrant will tell you we’ve largely succeeded here, and yet the overriding thrust of current woke ideology is that America is rotten to the core, irredeemably racist from the moment it was founded,” he said.
More recently, Maher took the Queen of the left, New York progressive Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, to task on-air for dismissing another loyal Democrat, James Carville, who said that “stupid Wokeness” was to blame for recent Republican election wins. Maher challenged her to come on his show to debate the issue. He said woke-centric politicos “have a great strategy, never missing an opportunity to remind voters how lame and clueless and hopelessly cool they are, especially since those are the ones who actually vote.”
The word, woke, is not new; it has its origins in the Black communities of the late ’30s and early ’40s, and it meant simply “to be aware of social injustice.” It went back to “sleep” until it was awakened about a decade into the 21st century by liberal progressives with the mindset that the U.S. and its history are “evil.” Their goal was to shame us into submission with the message that we are a nation of white supremacists deserving to be replaced by a citizenry made up of beneficent socialists. Their goal was to rally our younger generations to rebel so as to clear the path for their own version of communism. Their most recent mass-market assault on traditional American values was mounted during the Thanksgiving weekend when they took to social media to denigrate the holiday.
On Twitter alone, these Thanksgiving Day messages were posted by wokesters to capture the minds of the uninitiated:
- “We recognize the horrors of colonization, the terror of white supremacy, and the way this all impacts indigenous people today. On this Thanksgiving, we are reminded of the work that still needs to be done to reach liberation along with our loved ones and our native allies.”
- “On this and every #Thanksgiving, as we give thanks, let’s also acknowledge the holiday’s origins in the genocide of indigenous people who gave their lives and land and whose descendants continue to suffer from inequity today.”
- “Thanksgiving is a holiday when we ignore racism & genocide eat lots of unhealthy food.”
- “Thanksgiving commemorates and glorifies the slaughter of at least 56 million Indigenous people (estimated to be 90% of the population) across the Americas as of the 1600s, which remains the biggest genocide in history.”
The day before he left office as U.S. Secretary of State in January, Mike Pompeo took umbrage at woke-ism for distorting who we are as Americans. “They distort our glorious founding and what this country is all about.” He said it divides us and makes us weaker as a nation and can only lead to “authoritarianism, cloaked as moral righteousness.”
Fortunately, we won’t have to put up with the liberal left’s woke shenanigans; the consensus is that wokeness has backfired on them.
Even the New York Times, which no one can say is an apologist for the political right, has been pointing out recently that the woke movement has lost its steam and is bound to go the way of the unisex fad. The paper has published at least three articles over the past several weeks noting that the end of the woke movement is nigh.
Times Opinion Columnist Bret Stephens, in a piece he wrote, said that “In the long run, Americans have always gotten behind protest movements that make the country more open, more decent, less divided. What today is called Woke does none of those things. It has no future in the home of the free.”
Woke-ism has been exposed as a failure on the right and on the left, and the consensus is that the movement is on its last legs. Good riddance.
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