Are you woke? Consider the following assertion.
Americans are growing angrier by the day in a way different from prior sagebrush revolts such as the 1960s Silent Majority or Tea Party furor of over a decade ago.
The rage at the current status quo this time is not just fueled by conservatives.
For the first time in their lives, all Americans of all classes and races are starting to fear a self-created apocalypse that threatens their families’ safety and the American way of life.
Agree? Me, too. So does Victor Davis Hanson, who wrote it.
In an op-ed titled “An American apocalypse – why people of all classes, races are filled with fear,” the conservative commentator, Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, and frequent Fox News contributor writes “what started out as elite woke nonsense now warps everyone’s daily life.”
Victor Davis Hanson: “What started out as elite woke nonsense now warps everyone’s daily life.” Only on American Greatness https://t.co/Sy6Xl0Nxlt
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Hanson begins with the obvious: The Biden Border Crisis™. (Emphasis, mine.)
The border is not just porous as in the pre-Trump past. It is nonexistent. Some 2 million people may cross illegally in the current fiscal year—with complete impunity. There is zero effort to stop them.
Officials daily hector Americans to get vaccinated and tested for COVID. But they are mute about illegal entrants, some of them infected with the virus.
Have we ever had a president who made no pretense about destroying federal immigration law and asking of Americans what he does not of illegal aliens?
The answer to the question is NO. Not even close. But, you already knew that.
Next up, VDH tackled Biden’s insane hold on housing evictions — insane because Biden himself has conceded that his edict deliberately defied a Supreme Court ruling. “He added that he probably did not have the legal authority to ignore the court,” notes VDH, “but did not really care.”
Biden’s insane edict was also a quintessential example of nonsensical left-wing groupthink.
This is a real-life example of the Left’s disdain for the evils of capitalism and love for the utopia of socialism. They fail to understand (in reality, they don’t give a damn), that preventing the eviction of tenants who can’t — or refuse to — make their rent payments does not exempt property owners from paying their obligations —including on rental properties. So, what are they supposed to do? “Tough it out,” of course. Yes, insane.
And the U.S. Constitution?
“As is the case with demolishing immigration law,” VDH writes, Biden “seems either unaware or proud that he is insidiously dismantling the Constitution.” Far be it from me to differ with Victor Davis Hanson, if only a bit, but it’s neither. He doesn’t give a damn — one way or the other. Neither does the entire Democrat Party.
The Democrats have a singular goal: after four years of Donald Trump, they vowed to ram as much far-left legislation, as many executive orders, and many examples of “the Constitution and the law be damned, we’re going to do whatever the hell we want to,” down the throat of America for four years as they can get away with. The reason being, they’re terrified of losing power in 2024.
They’ll worry about that when the time comes.
“America has also never quite seen such overt and multifaceted efforts to undermine the foundations of free-market capitalism,” VDH observes.
At a time of resurging GDP, low unemployment, and record worker shortages, Biden has announced that renters can continue to avoid paying what they owe their landlords—even after a prior year of such free housing.
In a rebounding economy amid record debt, the government is still sending workers unemployment benefits that are more remunerative than the paychecks they would earn if employed.
Such insanity means not only that labor-short employers cannot provide goods and services to American consumers.
The new ethos also institutionalizes the pernicious idea that it is smarter to stay home and idle than to get a job and be productive.
Inflation is roaring back as the administration is printing trillions of new dollars that do not reflect commensurate gains in productivity or population.
Soaring prices are a direct result of incentivizing the unemployed not to work, while discouraging manufacturers and producers of food, gas, oil, timber, mineral, and metals.
But Joe Biden is only Joe Biden — the organ grinder monkey of the radical wing of the Democrat Party who dances the dance he’s told to dance.
And of course, rampant crime
“The crime wave likewise is not accidental,” asserts VDH.
It is the logical result of deliberate nihilistic policies of releasing thousands of criminals from jails and prisons, defunding and defaming the police, and empowering woke mayors and prosecutors to contextualize crime as the fault of society, not of the criminal. In response, millions of Americans now simply avoid the mayhem and chaos of blue-state big cities.
And race relations? They have regressed over the last 50 years, observes VDB.
That’s an understatement. In a Friday article titled MLK’s Niece Shames ‘Woke White Folks’ Who Push CRT in Powerful Op-Ed, I asked an obvious question:
What would Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. think of today’s America? I then suggested, you know exactly what he’d think, as does his niece, Dr. Alveda King, whose recent op-ed I covered in the article.
— Gene Douglass (@efdouglass) August 12, 2021
“Under the fad of critical race theory, notes VDH, “the color of our skins is now deemed essential to who we are,” which has led to nothing but division, distrust, and anger among people of all colors. Why?
Most Americans still integrate, assimilate, and intermarry. But the current woke revolution is an elite, top-down effort to smear a self-critical and always improving nation, as some sort of contemporary racist hellhole.
And finally, the loss of faith in American institutions that everyday Americans hadn’t had a reason to question, not all that long ago.
Scared Americans have lost faith in the FBI, the CIA, the Pentagon, the CDC, and most of the federal bureaucracies that are as politicized as they are increasingly incompetent.
What started out as elite woke nonsense now warps everyone’s daily life. If we don’t wake up from wokeness, we will continue on our sure trajectory to self-inflicted, systemic paralysis — followed by civilizational collapse.
So what’s the endgame, as Victor Davis Hanson sees it?
“George Orwell would say of these cultural Marxists that they grab power in the present to reinvent the past in order to control our futures.”
Scary, indeed. Because it’s true. Therein lies the fear — and rage.
Oh — I almost forgot. In addition to fear, we also have some of the Democrats sharing their “pretend fear”: Tucker Carlson Mocks AOC’s Jan 6 ‘Rape’ Fear: ‘Get a Therapist, Honey!’