In the spanking new Republican majority House of Representatives, the party’s leaders have distinguished themselves as advocates for the farthest right-wing crackpot agenda in modern times. After taking a historic and humiliating fifteen votes to elect Kevin McCarthy Speaker (aka Squeaker) of the House, they moved immediately to a party-line passage of bills to suppress reproductive rights and defund IRS efforts to audit corporations and the wealthy.
Proceeding down that partisan path, Rep. Jim Banks (R-QAnon) just announced the latest wingnut initiative to waste the time and taxpayer dollars of the House. Banks is not just any Republican shill. He is a member of the party’s leadership as Chair of the Republican Study Committee. And in that capacity Banks has announced that he is founding the House “Anti-Woke” Caucus to lead the fight for the “values” of unconsciousness and willful ignorance that have long been the hallmarks of the Republican Party. According to the GOP’s Ministry of Propaganda (aka Fox News)…
“A Republican in the House of Representatives will be forming a new caucus to take on ‘wokeness’ across the country, which presents the ‘greatest domestic threat to America today,’ he said.”
“Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., announced Friday that he will be creating the ‘first-ever Anti-Woke Caucus’ to take on political correctness groups, which he said have formed a ‘tyranny’ that is vastly changing America through ‘indoctrination.'”
So it isn’t immigrants, or abortion, or China, or fentanyl, or inflation, or Hunter Biden’s stolen laptop, or any of the other phony horror stories that Republicans told last year on the campaign trail that will draw America to the brink of extinction. Nope. It is “wokiesm” that is “greatest domestic threat to America today.” And rather than address any legislative responses to the matters that previously drove them into a panic, the GOP is focused on trivialities that serve mainly as distractions. For example, they are forming a committee to probe the “Weaponization of the Federal Government.”
Now we can add the “Anti-Woke” caucus to the GOP’s pro-comatose agenda. Banks elaborated on his snarky scheme saying that…
“‘The Biden administration imposes these beliefs in schools, in the military, in government agencies and in the private sector. It not only wants us to hate each other. It is funding this hatred and fanning its flames. What do you think will be left of our nation once more and more people accept wokeness and act on its principles?”
None of that bears any resemblance to reality. Banks doesn’t explain how “wokeness” would result in Americans hating each other, nor how that hatred is being funded by the Biden administration. Banks also complained that wokeness…
“…means that all the so-called oppressor groups must be punished for their past and present alleged sins. […] And what does wokeness mean for the so-called oppressed? It means privileged status.”
Once again, Banks doesn’t bother to define who the oppressors and oppressed groups are. But heaven forbid the notions that an oppressor might be subject to punishment, or that oppressed people might enjoy some measure of privilege for a change. Also, if Banks is in need of help defining the words he is throwing around, he might check with Merriam-Webster that defines “woke” as being “aware of and actively attentive to important facts and issues (especially issues of racial and social justice)”
Republicans surely can’t allow any awareness and/or attentiveness to anything important or that involves facts. They are the party of closed eyes and minds. And they are proud of it. It’s what makes the cult following of the GOP and its messiah, Donald Trump, possible. How else could he lead a throng of true believers who would continue to worship him even if, as he said, he shot someone on 5th Avenue?
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