In a noted sense of uselessness and without a clue on how to govern, Republicans’ complete show is on cultural spark points, which in reality most Americans care about and support.
GOPers are way-notorious for voting against their own interest. They’d rather ‘own the libs‘ than better their own lives. Talk about self-centered dumb-asses.
Nowadays, especially all kinds of ‘woke’ shit. According to Merriam-Webster, ‘woke’ is being ‘aware of and actively attentive to important societal facts and issues (especially issues of racial and social justice)’ which most Americans appreciate.
As the numbers show — from a USA Today/Ipsos poll, released Wednesday:
- Fifty-six percent of Americans say “wokeness” encompasses being informed, educated on, and aware of social injustices. In contrast, two in five (39%) say “wokeness” involves being overly politically correct and policing others’ words.
- A vast majority (78%) of Democrats say being “woke” means being informed, while nearly three-fifths (56%) of Republicans say it means being overly politically correct. Compared to Democrats and Republicans, however, independents are more divided on the definition of “wokeness,” as 51% say it involves being informed and 45% say it means being overly politically correct.
- Americans ages 50-64 (48%) are more likely than those ages 18-34 (33%) or 35-49 (37%) to view “wokeness” as being overly politically correct.
‘Woke’ to Republicans, especially asshats like Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, is nothing more than bullshit to make noise, as shown today at the White House press briefing:
KJP missed an opportunity here to turn the question around on Kristen Welker and ask her what she thinks DeSantis means by "woke" https://t.co/XUiBfC9pkY
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 10, 2023
Michelle Goldberg in an op/ed at The New York Times this moring puts ‘woke’ in perspective — Republicans are chickenshits:
After all, the nearly 50-year project of ending Roe is complete. Stirring crusades against Communism and then against radical Islam have subsided. The cult of personality around Trump has splintered. Many on the right would still like to obliterate the welfare state, but they’re deeply defensive about it. Hatred of wokeness is a brittle foundation for political identity, but it’s almost all that’s left.
Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida, a favorite for the Republican presidential nomination, declared during his January inaugural address that “Florida is where woke goes to die.” Mike Pompeo, a former secretary of state and a possible presidential candidate, recently tweeted, “Our internal threats — especially those trying to corrupt our kids with toxic wokeness — are more serious than our external threats.” Last week at the Conservative Political Action Conference, the Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley said, “Wokeness is a virus more dangerous than any pandemic.”
None of this is to say that the war on wokeness can’t do enormous damage. Laws are being passed all over the country targeting trans people, particularly trans kids, and the right’s language has turned openly eliminationist. (One speaker at CPAC said, “Transgenderism must be eradicated.”) America is enduring a wave of hysterical censorship. In Oklahoma the State Senate just passed a bill banning material with “a predominant tendency to appeal to prurient interest in sex” from all public libraries, not just those in schools.
But I’m skeptical that anti-wokeness can be the basis for a durable mass movement. That’s not just because a recent USA Today poll found that a majority of Americans see the term “woke” positively but because wokeness is too niche a concern. The Federalist Society trained many young meritocrats who were willing to devote their lives to fighting legalized abortion. It’s hard to imagine the battle against neopronouns and the 1619 Project inspiring the same sort of single-minded intensity. Ronald Reagan used to describe conservatism as a three-legged stool, comprising social conservatives, fiscal conservatives and defense hawks. These days it looks a lot more like a pogo stick.
‘Woke’ is a careless word, thrown into the winds of asshole politics, especially scattered out like seeds of a plague by Republicans to, as I wrote above, gloss over the fact they can’t govern, can’t even come up with a budget to counter Joe Biden’s, or put forth measures and policies to hide the bare fact they don’t give a shit about democracy and administrating the government. Total bullshit.
And somewhat dangerous: George Orwell’s 1946 essay, “Politics and The English Language,” which in part notes: ‘It is almost universally felt that when we call a country democratic we are praising it: consequently the defenders of every kind of régime claim that it is a democracy, and fear that they might have to stop using that word if it were tied down to any one meaning. Words of this kind are often used in a consciously dishonest way. That is, the person who uses them has his own private definition, but allows his hearer to think he means something quite different.‘
Weird-ass times, huh?
And a knockback to our real, actual-woke reality this evening in California:
All that is left of last’s week snow on my deck from this rain. pic.twitter.com/rgJQf5vXZd
— Beth Pratt (@bethpratt) March 11, 2023
Woke, or sound asleep, yet once again here we are…
(Illustration out front found here.)