Like Much of America, Wanda Sykes Desperately Needs a Civics Lesson

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Journalist Glenn Greenwald picked up this exchange from Monday’s The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Comedienne Wanda Sykes was on the show, and without mentioning the Supreme Court decisions, discussed (as much as Leftists actually discuss anything) how she felt about Dobbs and Bruen. The exchange was straight up stupidity and gaslighting, but as Greenwald says, it gives insight into the bubble in which these people live.


I maybe can excuse Sykes for her rank ignorance. The Left has been inculcating Howard Zinn and 1619 Project-type nonsense into American history for decades. Sykes and I are in the same age category, and if she went to public school, she was infected from the get. But I was blessed with a Catholic school education until 8th grade. So, I was steeped in American history: the good, the bad, and the ugly, and not just the sanitized or the radicalized versions at each end of the spectrum. I am forever grateful for that.

Colbert, on the other hand, has no excuse. Whether it be for money, power, or both, he delights in “treating” as the mouthpiece of Sauron. He probably engineered the entire exchange for maximum brainwashing.

But the greater issue here is that most Americans, laugh, nod in agreement, or scratch their heads in confusion. Very few critically parse out exactly what was said, because they lack the tools to do so.

In case you didn’t know, Sykes is a Black, gay woman, who has a daughter. Always milking the privileged minority categories for maximum effect.

Then she says, “It’s no longer a democracy, right? It’s no longer majority rule.”


WRONG. It never has been a democracy. America is, and always has been a representative Constitutional republic. This is how the Left gaslights and obfuscates, because people assume democracy is the same as a republic. While we use democratic means to choose our representatives, it is our Constitution that guides these processes—not majority rule. This is why California with its 39 million citizens and Rhode Island with its 414,730 citizens both get TWO Senators. This is written in the Constitution. The same Constitution that the Supreme Court justices used to parse out these cases and make their decisions.

Then Sykes and Colbert went on a rant about the justices lying in their confirmation hearings. Of course, they only meant the justices who sided with the majority.

SYKES: “It’s like these judges, they basically lied during their confirmation hearings.”

COLBERT: “Especially Kavanaugh.”

Justice Brett Kavanaugh. So tired. Colbert lithely glides by Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Justice Elena Kagan in his liar’s rant. In their confirmation hearings both women claimed a respectful viewpoint on Heller and gun rights, but issued strong dissents on Bruen.

But do go off.


SYKES: “It’s just a bunch of horsh*t, it really is.”

Sykes would know, as both she and Colbert shovel it on the regular.

Sadly, Americans eat it up like it’s a gourmet meal, not understanding how this continues to deepen their illiteracy and distances them from being fully engaged in how government should work, and their role in ensuring proper operation, and repairing malfunction.

The Brookings Institution pointed out the yawning deficit in civic life and American’s lack of engagement with it:

Americans’ participation in civic life is essential to sustaining our democratic form of government. Without it, a government of the people, by the people, and for the people will not last. Of increasing concern to many is the declining levels of civic engagement across the country, a trend that started several decades ago.

You can probably track this to changes in educational engagement and changes in communities. As LMSHero, an online educational resource beautifully lays out, Civics is taught, as well as caught. When presented early in a child’s education, it increases engagement. So, it is no accident that removing the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance out of classrooms has resulted in a generation of stupid people kneeling during the national anthem.

Today, we see evidence of this in the limited civic knowledge of the American public, 1 in 4 of whom, according to a 2016 survey led by Annenberg Public Policy Center, are unable to name the three branches of government. It is not only knowledge about how the government works that is lacking—confidence in our leadership is also extremely low. According to the Pew Research Center, which tracks public trust in government, as of March 2019, only an unnerving 17 percent trust the government in Washington to do the right thing. We also see this lack of engagement in civic behaviors, with Americans’ reduced participation in community organizations and lackluster participation in elections, especially among young voters.[1]


The Trump administration was hoping to combat CRT and this colossal ignorance on how our government works and the country’s founding with the 1776 Initiative. Bob Woodson, who happens to be Black (as are many of the scholars who contribute to the project), spearheaded this initiative in order to counter the 1619 Project and its emphasis on CRT and its deceptive focus.

1776 will promote a series of essays and educational resources that provide an “aspirational and inspirational alternative” to the Times’s narrative. “People are inspired to achieve when they’re given victories that are possible, not always showering them with injuries to be avoided,” Woodson said alongside partners at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

The fatalistic narrative of the 1619 Project, which is already taught in “thousands of classrooms” across the country, according to the partnering Pulitzer Center, deprives African Americans of the agency to improve their lives, Woodson said.

Since Trump left the White House, the national focus on the 1776 Initiative left with him. But just like school choice, these types of educational initiatives work best when championed and applied locally. Which is what Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is attempting to do, using the 1776 model to reshape education in Florida.

“It’s crucial to ensure that we teach our students how to be responsible citizens,” DeSantis said during a news conference in June 2021 at a Fort Myers middle school. “They need to have a good working knowledge of American history, American government and the principles that underline our Constitution and Bill of Rights.”


According to the article, “Florida teachers” are having a problem with the 1776 Initiative’s coverage of slavery, and its focus on originalist thinking. No doubt “teachers” is code for teachers’ unions, who have more to lose than to gain from this. In any event, DeSantis is looking to right the ship from the extremes of CRT, which under the Biden administration, is being codified nationally into every aspect of life and governance.

To counter any efforts by local and state governments to incorporate the 1776 Initiative into education, Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) introduced the “Civics Secures Democracy Act,” which is basically another payout to the Department of Education to keep selling the divisive claptrap and victimization resident in CRT. Of course, he’s getting assistance from the usual RINO suspects:

So, while both sides claim they care about resurrecting and reincorporating civics engagement back into our society, they have diametrically different ideas on the outcome.

In last year’s California Recall gubernatorial debate, Assemblyman and current U.S. Congressional candidate Kevin Kiley (R-Rocklin) accurately encapsulated our local and national dilemma on civics:


“I think the important point of CRT is that it has exposed a vacuum in our public education system. We don’t truly teach Civics in our schools anymore, at least not like we used to. Civics used to not just be some add-on to the curriculum, but it was the unifying thread of your education: to empower you, to prepare for citizenship, to be a productive member of society, to learn about the things that make America great, and our founding principles. But we don’t teach education, we don’t think about education that way anymore. So CRT has come along, and is exploiting that vacuum. If we no longer teach our kids to build their communities up, CRT will teach them how to tear their communities down.”

Now you understand why Sykes, Colbert, and the people who listen to them are content to wallow in their ignorance and further the lies.

If it’s not building our neighborhoods, communities, and unifying the people of this nation, can it truly be called civics?

I think not.



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