The preeminent buzzword of 2023 is indisputably “Woke.” The Republican Party has adopted it as the braindead alternative for anything that they are opposed to. They can simply apply it to whatever the outrage of the day is without the burden of having to think or construct a logical argument. It’s that freedom from thinking that makes it so profoundly stupid. Yet somehow they’re proud of it. They don’t even have to have a coherent definition of it, which, conveniently, they don’t.
Consequently, the GOP mindlessly rails against woke banks, woke schools, woke justice, woke healthcare, woke climate, woke economy, woke education, woke capitalism, and more broadly wokism, the woke mind virus, and the ominous woke-ocracy.
Prominent Republicans embrace their sinister take on being woke as if it were a tangible object, or at lease a cogent ideology. But their commentaries are pitifully hollow. For instance…
- Nikki Haley: Woke is a virus more dangerous than any pandemic.
[Really? So where have all these woke fatalities been buried?]
- Ron DeSantis: [Florida is the state] where woke goes to die.
[To be fair, Florida is the state where lots of people go to die]
- Kevin McCarthy: We’re going to pass bills to fix…woke indoctrination in our schools.
[That’s if he can find any]]
- Tucker Carlson: Woke M&M’s have returned.
[Leave it to Tucker to uncover the worst of woke]
- Donald Trump: Everything woke turns to shit.
[As usual, Trump articulates the problem in the most graceful and intelligent way]
What all of these anti-woke activists seem to be missing is that what they profess to be so adamantly opposed to is often ingrained in the institutions that they revere and rely on. Most notable among them is the Republican Ministry of Propaganda, Fox News. That’s quite an oversight for a party that is so committed to anti-wokism that they created the first ever House Anti-Woke Caucus.
Before they continue on their anti-woke crusade, they might want to take a look at the Fox News Corporate Responsibility Report that boasts that the company is “committed to diversity from the very top. […] An inclusive and diverse workplace is not merely a strategy or business objective—it is fundamentally woven in the fabric of the Company.” It goes on to elaborate more specifically that…
“Our Preventing Harassment, Discrimination and Retaliation Policy protects individuals on the basis of a person’s actual or perceived race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, family status, caregiver status, sex (including pregnancy status, childbirth, breastfeeding, and related medical conditions), gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, sexual and reproductive health decisions, reproductive health decision-making, hair texture or hairstyles, military or veteran status, political affiliation, arrest or conviction record, union membership, unemployment status, credit history, status as a victim of domestic violence, stalking or sexual offenses, or any other legally protected characteristic.”
OH MY! Have the GOP Woke Police heard about this? How can any Republican appear on Fox News under these conditions? It’s almost as if Fox News supports the sort of equity and civil rights that they vilify on the air 24/7. Never mind that they have a rather bizarre definition of “equity.”
However, there is much more in Fox’s report that should concern their GOP benefactors. Such as…
“We have taken specific action as part of our strategy to mitigate environmental risks, including those related to climate change.”
“FOX is committed to accuracy and editorial independence: Our news organizations carefully vet sources and check facts, and we maintain strict separation between revenue sources and our news and opinion content.”
That’s especially laughable considering what was recently disclosed in the billion dollar defamation lawsuit by Dominion Voting Systems against Fox News that revealed the extent of the brazen lies told by Fox’s executives and hosts regarding their phony allegations of election fraud on behalf of Trump and his “Big Lie” the election was “rigged and stolen” from him.
What’s more, the war against woke isn’t even an effective political strategy. A recent poll by USA Today/Ipsos found that a majority of Americans have a positive impression of the term. According to the poll…
“Fifty-six percent of those surveyed say the term means ‘to be informed, educated on, and aware of social injustices.’ That includes not only three-fourths of Democrats but also more than a third of Republicans.
“Overall, 39% say instead that the word reflects what has become the GOP political definition, ‘to be overly politically correct and police others’ words.’ That’s the view of 56% of Republicans.”
The only reason that Republicans latched onto the term in the first place was that it originated in the Black community as a call to be conscious of oppression and discrimination, and to work to overcome the inequities of society. So naturally right-wingers sought to appropriate it and attempt to turn it into a pejorative. It is as unambiguously racist as the right’s dishonest efforts to brand Critical Race Theory (CRT) as advocating hatred of White people, when it’s simply a fact-based educational program about the systemic racism in American institutions.
None of that, however, has deterred Republicans from pushing their woke narrative. And we can expect them to continue to do so despite its ineffectiveness as a political message. Likewise, we can expect them to ignore the hypocrisy of chastising liberals for their woke-ocity, while ignoring the very same traits at Fox News and other right-leaning entities. Because all that they really have are their lies, hypocrisy, and associated – although mostly feigned – outrage. It’s what they do.
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