Tuesday, February 28, 2023

The War on Woke

















Lately, our politics from the right have been so bereft of political content.  Gone are the days of the fiscal conservative and actual conservative thought.  Gone are the days of conservative state government keeping its mitts off of big business. They now live in the Cultural Wars of DeSantistan.

This from the Orlando Sentinal:

As he declared victory over Walt Disney Co. on Monday, Gov. Ron DeSantis lectured the corporate leaders of the state’s biggest employer in its lifeblood tourism industry.

He suggested new board members who will oversee Disney World’s reconstituted special district might want to influence the corporation’s new attractions, movies and other shows. clip

Bryan Griffin, a DeSantis spokesman, later clarified that the board once known as Reedy Creek doesn’t direct Disney’s content. Its duties are primarily focused on providing the infrastructure and other government services needed to keep Disney World’s sprawling theme parks and resorts running.

“However, Gov. DeSantis was 100% correct to point out that many hope Disney will abandon its woke agenda,” Griffin said in an email. “The district board members are now in place and will be examining all of the needed actions to get back on track.”

DeSantis touted his move to strip Disney of its self-governing powers in Florida in an op-ed titled “Why I Stood Up to Disney.”

“When corporations try to use their economic power to advance a woke agenda, they become political, and not merely economic, actors,” he wrote. “In such an environment, reflexively deferring to big business effectively surrenders the political battlefield to the militant left.”

Recently speaking in Texas, De Sanctimonious continued his war on woke, “The state of Florida — and the state of Texas — is where woke goes to die,” DeSantis said, refashioning a line from his January inaugural address to include the Lone Star State

So what is this woke and why must it go to Texas or Florida to die?

 The old meaning of the word defines woke as simply the past tense of wake, as in to wake up, or awake. And in  2017, a new meaning of the word "woke" was officially added to the dictionary.

Described by Merriam-Webster as “chiefly US slang”, the dictionary defines the word as: “Aware of and actively attentive to important facts and issues (especially issues of racial and social justice).” The use of the word reached mainstream vernacular when the Black Lives Matter movement used the hashtag #staywoke following the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri by police in 2014.

And now, the far right R's want it to die. And running on its demise for President is not just blatantly racist, it is Pro-Comatose.

However, the War on Woke is a natural result of the R's other wars, like the war on science in their lack of support and more importantly, their undermining of the science of Climate Change.  In their adoption of the whacky belief that life doesn't begin when you are born but when you are conceived, they have taken basic rights from half of the population. 

This is not morality, it is transactional vote harvesting.

And finally, these Pro-Comotose R's would rather watch their "fox in the newshouse" than accept that their celebrity stars would lie on camera, while speaking the truth to each other behind their private doors.

This from the Atlantic:

Fox News lies to its viewers. Its most prominent personalities, among the most influential in the industry, tell their viewers things they know not to be true. This is not accusation, allegation, or supposition. Today, we know it to be fact.

Early in the Trump era, news organizations were torn over whether to refer to Donald Trump’s false statements as lies, because it is difficult to know an individual’s state of mind, to know what they know. In the throes of insecurity, ideological conviction, or carelessness, people can make statements that are false without malicious intent. The argument over what a person knows to be true or false can take on a metaphysical aspect.

Sometimes, though, you have proof that someone knew one thing and said another. With Fox News, examples of the network’s commitment to knowingly misleading its viewers abound. There was the irresponsible hyping of anti-vaccine propaganda even as it imposed a vaccine mandate on its employees. There were the text messages from Fox hosts released by the January 6 committee showing that they saw Trump as responsible for inspiring the mob that sacked the Capitol, even as they defended him on air and downplayed the significance of the event.

The most compelling example of Fox News consciously lying to its viewers, however, arrived yesterday with the evidence in the defamation lawsuits filed by the voting-machine company Dominion, over claims aired on Fox News echoing Trump’s lie that the 2020 election had been fixed by compromised voting machines.  

Voltaire said that  whoever can make you believe absurdities can also make you commit atrocities.  But the full quote is even more revealing.

"Formerly there were those who said: You believe things that are incomprehensible, inconsistent, impossible because we have commanded you to believe them; go then and do what is injust because we command it. Such people show admirable reasoning. Truly, whoever can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. 

If the God‐​given understanding of your mind does not resist a demand to believe what is impossible, then you will not resist a demand to do wrong to that God‐​given sense of justice in your heart

As soon as one faculty of your soul has been dominated, other faculties will follow as well. 

And from this derives all those crimes of religion which have overrun the world."

And this is how Woke goes to Die


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