The ‘Woke’ Got
What They Wanted
And Then What?
Of the collapse of the woke appeal, perhaps we could say, “It couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of zealots.”
By: Victor Davis Hanson
The Patriot Post
December 9, 2021
The “woke” movement was giddy after January 20, 2021. The Left controlled both houses of Congress.
Joe Biden was drafted as the necessary veneer of 1980s Democratic normality to ram through an otherwise hard Left agenda.
All the major cultural, financial, economic, entertainment, and media institutions had played various roles in seeing former president Donald Trump not just defeated, but also impeached, twice. He was written off as persona non grata after the January 6 riot at the Capitol.
So, academia, corporate boardrooms, Hollywood, the media, the Pentagon, professional sports teams, Silicon Valley, and Wall Street in near hysterical fashion all boarded the woke train. All boasted of ferreting out “white rage,” and hiring legions of “diversity, equity, and inclusion” czars.
Critical race theory would be mainstreamed to excise racism and discrimination by embracing racism and discrimination.
“Crime” was to be seen now mostly as a construct created by the elite to protect their own privilege, prerogatives, and property.
Shoplifting, looting, and street thuggery were just part of living in a normal city.
“Social justice warriors” could replace defunded police. Gone would be most bail, incarceration, mandatory jail time, stop-and-frisk, and broken-windows deterrent policies.
Green agendas, the Left hoped, would fundamentally transform America in putting an immediate stop to man-made “climate change.”
So, lots of oil and gas leases were either canceled or their fees vastly increased. Pipelines were stopped. Gas and oil companies were warned that everything from lack of financing to new regulations would soon put them out of business. The golden age of wind and batteries was already upon us.
Modern monetary theorists assured us that printing money would “spread the wealth” and devalue the cash of undeserving capitalists who had too much of it. Printing more cash, they believed, would implant it in the hands of the needy who unfairly had too little.
To the extent inflation followed, it would be a good thing, they hoped, a sign of a newly empowered and robust consumer class long denied “equity.”
COVID was virtually over. We were assured by President Biden that Trump had killed over 350,000 Americans with his lax health policies.
In contrast, Biden would soberly vaccinate us all, claiming the vaccine’s efficacy as his own. He predicted victory over the virus by the Fourth of July. The delta variant was still then just an obscure rumor from abroad.
The border would be opened — and stay open. No more walls. As citizens of the world, the Left welcomed in 2 million immigrants who arrived illegally without audit or vaccinations during a pandemic.
As the woke drove terrified old liberal Democrats into hiding, all the old wisdom about human nature vanished. Forget that criminals hurt the poor the most. Discard the quaint idea of Martin Luther King, Jr. that our character, not our color, determines who we are. Ignore the passéidea that inflation eats away at the wages of the working class.
We could always resume the quarantines, lockdowns, and shutdowns that made Amazon, Target, Walmart, and other conglomerates, hundreds of billions in profit, while the mom-and-pop small businesses went broke.
So, what did the people conclude 10 months out from the woke getting their wishes?
The polls reveal that:
ü Voters don’t like open borders at all.
ü They disapprove of illegal immigration as much they support legal immigrants.
ü They worry about crime and drugs.
ü They don’t want the unvetted and unvaccinated flowing across their borders.
ü The people want cheaper, not pricier gas.
ü They prefer American energy self-sufficiency. Why, with cup in hand, go begging to Saudi Arabia and Russia to pump more supposedly Satanic oil?
ü The people like the police and hate crime. Even the rich among the woke are now scared — some of whom sowed the wind of decriminalization and are themselves reaping the whirlwind of crime.
ü Most voters care less about our color, but far more about our character.
ü They think a meritocracy, not quotas and tribal chauvinism, explains the exceptional American standard of life.
ü They despise inflation as much as recession, and fear they may now get both.
ü Freedom-loving individuals don’t like cancel culture, ostracism, iconoclasm, Trotskyization, and commissars.
ü They prefer free speech and treasure the Bill of Rights.
So, in just 10 months the Left got what it wanted. And the people are becoming not just sick of what has followed, but disgusted. They are terrified that the Left is not just failing, but also wrecking the country and them along with it.
The ages have left us adages for the people’s growing anger at the hubristic and now unpopular Left. We know the ancient warnings variously as, “What comes around, goes around,” “You reap what you sow,” “Be careful about what you wish for,” and “The law of unintended consequences.”
Words like “nemesis” and “karma” also come to mind. But of the collapse of the woke appeal, perhaps we could say, “It couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of zealots.”
Biden vs Putin:
The Ukraine Cage Fight
|Tag-team tyrants Russia and China know that Biden is a pushover — brace yourself America.|
|By: Mark Alexander The Patriot Post December 8, 2021|
|“There is a rank due to the United States, among nations, which will be withheld, if not absolutely lost, by the reputation of weakness. If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace … it must be known that we are at all times ready for war.” George Washington (1793)|
Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin chatted for two hours on a video confab Tuesday regarding U.S. concerns over the impending Russian invasion of Ukraine. I have been assured that Biden stayed awake for most of it, but those Situation Room chairs are very comfy. It is no small irony that the call took place on the anniversary of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor — though I am certain that irony is lost on the Biden puppeteers who listened in: Secretary of State Antony Blinken and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan.
As you recall, three weeks ago when Biden made a similar call to ChiCom tyrant Xi Jinping, Xi unwaveringly asserted his authority and power and signaled his disregard for Biden, as made clear by China’s rapid military advances in recent months and its overt aggression toward Taiwan.
I suspect the call with Putin was characterized by equal defiance, given that every Biden word was fully anticipated and factored in by the Russians well in advance.
Understand that China and Russia are tag-teaming, testing Biden’s lack of resolve to confront authoritarian tyrants, as aptly demonstrated by his surrender and retreat from Afghanistan. That test case demonstrated that Biden was not willing to take on the Taliban, a far less threatening adversary than Russia or China.
If Russia moves on Ukraine, China is likely to quickly move on Taiwan, creating massive national security threats on two fronts. I am not a gambler and thus will not wager on the probability of who will move first, but there is no question Xi and Putin know Biden is a feckless appeaser.
As Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) summarizes the “feckless appeaser” threat: “The weakness Biden has demonstrated, whether against Russia, whether against the Taliban, whether against the Chinese communists, that weakness is dangerous.”
Why does Putin want Ukraine? One reason is the threat that Ukraine could become a NATO country, providing a military staging ground on Russia’s western front.
But more to the point would be that Putin, now 69 with some ailments, would like to see the reunification of Ukraine with Russia as his legacy.
Russian analysts Eugene Rumer and Andrew Weiss note:
“For [Putin], who dubbed the breakup of the Soviet Union the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the 20th century, the ultimate prize would be bringing Ukraine and its capital Kyiv, which the official historiography portrays as the medieval cradle of Russia’s greatness and statehood, back into the fold. … He has long held that the ties between the two nations cannot be severed and that the Soviet collapse in 1991 was an invalid divorce. Just this past July, he published a nearly 7,000-word article denying Ukraine’s right to exist as an independent country, asserting that the Ukrainian people aren’t separate and distinct from Russians, and claiming that Ukraine can prosper and realize its full potential only as part of greater Russia.”
Ahead of the call, Rep. Mike McCaul (R-TX), ranking Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, warned Biden “not to make concessions at the expense of our strategic partner Ukraine in response to the Putin regime’s provocative military build-up.” McCaul added, “This would not only fail to de-escalate tensions, it would also embolden Vladimir Putin and his fellow autocrats by demonstrating the United States will surrender in the face of saber-rattling.”
This assessment is shared by a large number of House and Senate members on both sides of the aisle, and it appears Biden got the message.
A policy readout on the Putin call asserts Biden “reiterated his support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and called for de-escalation and a return to diplomacy.” According to his handlers, Biden also “voiced the deep concerns of the United States and our European Allies about Russia’s escalation of forces surrounding Ukraine and made clear that the U.S. and our Allies would respond with strong economic and other measures in the event of military escalation.”
“If Russia decides to pursue confrontation, there will be serious consequences,” warned Blinken. Putin must’ve been paralyzed with fear…
According to Sullivan: “President Biden was direct and straightforward with President Putin, as he always is. There was a lot of give-and-take. There was no finger-wagging, but the president was crystal clear about where the United States stands on all of these issues. I will look you in the eye and tell you, as President Biden looked President Putin in the eye and told him today, that things we did not do in 2014, we are prepared to do now.”
Them’s fightin’ words! (And we all know Bill Clinton was the last of the great Demo finger waggers…)
Sullivan, who may be next in line for a Durham investigation indictment, added that beyond sanctions against Russia, Biden would offer “defensive materiel to the Ukrainians above and beyond that which we are already providing,” and “we would fortify our NATO allies on the eastern flank with additional capabilities in response to such an escalation.”
As for Biden’s prior Russian gas pipeline appeasement, Sullivan insists, “The fact is that gas is not currently flowing through the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which means that it’s not operating, which means that it’s not leverage for Putin.”
Biden already undermined that leverage when he green-lighted Putin’s vital Nord Stream NG pipeline, lifting sanctions on that cash cow imposed by Donald Trump. For the record, no post-Cold War president has been tougher on Russia than Trump, despite the Demos’ Russia collusion hoax, which undermined our national security strength with Russia.
Biden removed obstacles to Putin’s 764-mile underwater gas line, enabling Russia to bypass Ukraine, Poland, and Belarus to supply natural gas to Western Europe — which ensures our European NATO allies are more dependent on Russia and less willing to confront Putin. He did so while simultaneously killing America’s Keystone Pipeline, contributing to rapidly increasing inflation.
Rep. Mike Waltz (R-FL) accurately concludes: “In the middle of winter [Putin] will be able to starve Ukraine and starve Eastern Europe, and he’ll be able to hold Germany’s energy supply hostage. Putin knows that he can withstand UN sanctions if he has a fractured Europe, and Nord Stream 2 is exactly what’s going to fracture Europe.”
So, what’s up on the Russian side of its border with Ukraine right now?
Basically, an ominous threat of a 2014 repeat when, on the watch of spineless Barack Obama and his then-sidekick Biden, Russia invaded and annexed the Ukrainian territory of Crimea, a strategically important peninsula along the northern coast of the Black Sea.
You know, that was back when Biden did corruptly influence Ukrainian officials for personal gain — unlike when Democrats falsely accused Trump of doing the same.
Currently, Moscow has amassed more than 90,000 troops on the Ukrainian border in preparation for invasion and is expected to build that force to the estimated 175,000 level required to declare that it’s game on. For perspective, Putin took Crimea with about 25,000 troops.
In two months, the Russia/Ukraine border ground will be hard frozen — thus far easier for crossing with heavy armor, and that is the greatest threat window.
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin observed: “This looks very familiar. It looks like a replay of 2014 because we’ve seen this before — we saw what the outcome was — we remain concerned.”
Austin is never short when it comes to his keen sense of the obvious — of course, it is a replay of 2014.
Since Obama and Biden enabled the last invasion, the U.S. has sent Ukraine almost $2.5 billion in military aid, and it is estimated that more than 10,000 Ukrainians have died in border skirmishes since 2014 — mostly in strikes by Russian regulars who wear no uniform insignia, the “little green men.”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky insists that Ukraine’s army is a “highly capable and highly organized force that is confident in its potential and can derail any expansionist plans by the enemy.” He added, “Ukrainian servicemen are continuing to perform their most important mission: to protect the freedom and sovereignty of the state from the Russian aggressor.”
As George W. Bush’s former ambassador to Ukraine, William Taylor, notes, “The Ukrainian military is much stronger than it was [when Russia seized Crimea] seven and a half years ago.” Yet he adds, “They’re no match for the Russian military.”
Additionally, while Ukrainian forces are far better trained and equipped than the Afghan forces who quickly folded as soon as the Taliban arrived in Kabul, Ukrainian forces are confronted with the same concerns about Biden’s lack of resolve.
According to Biden’s CIA Director William Burns: “I would never underestimate President Putin’s risk appetite on Ukraine. We don’t know that Putin has made up his mind to use force. But what we do know is that he’s putting the Russian military [and] Russian security services in a place where they could act in a very sweeping way.” Burns added, “He may see this winter, tactically, as kind of offering a favorable landscape,” and he “could act in a very sweeping way.”
Actually, Biden and his handlers are the “favorable landscape” that will enable Putin and Xi to “act in a very sweeping way.” Biden’s public approval is underwater on just about every issue, including, most notably, confidence in his “leadership.” Putin and Xi have added that domestic factor to their calculations.
And remember: Burns and Austin are the same Biden administration geniuses who were utterly unprepared for China’s hypersonic missile test.
With Trump out of the way, and certain that Biden’s socialist regime will bow to the ChiCom global agenda of military and economic dominance, in July and again in August, Xi “tested” hypersonic missiles.
That prompted Joint Chiefs Chairman Mark Milley, who has aptly demonstrated his incompetence by leading Biden’s Afghanistan surrender, to conclude: “What we saw was a very significant event of a test of a hypersonic weapon system. And it is very concerning.” JCS Vice Chairman Gen. John Hyten remarked that it “looks like a first-use weapon.” Hyten added: “It went around the world, dropped off a hypersonic glide vehicle that glided all the way back to China, that impacted a target in China.” It was literally a shot “around the world.”
But never fear: Biden put Kamala Harris in charge of the Space Council. And just before she convened that group last week, Putin “tested” his sea-based hypersonic missile system.
Both of these missile tests were shots fired across Biden’s bow, in China’s case a warning not to interfere if it annexes Taiwan, and in Russia’s case a warning not to interfere if it annexes Ukraine. There are questions about U.S. capabilities to defend against such weapons, but I doubt those questions take into account classified capabilities.
So, what else can Biden do now? No doubt one of his brilliant national security strategists is considering bribing Putin to stand down, as Obama and Biden did with Iran in 2016. Recall that they loaded up a 747 freight liner with $400 million in palleted cash as part of their $1.7 billion nuclear appeasement (“empowerment”) deal.
And how did that bribe work out? Rhetorical question.
For the moment, Israel is keeping Iran in check with direct hits on Iranian turf against key Islamist leaders and facilities. While Israel received the full support of the Trump administration, its actions to contain the Iranian nuclear threat are tolerated by Biden.
Putin knows that the most significant deterrent Biden has in his inventory would be to embed a contingent of U.S. forces with Ukrainian forces. Thus, any military incursion by Russia would constitute an attack against the United States. Biden is not about to go there, which is indicative of our assessment of Putin’s resolve.
So where do things stand? Apparently, the Cold War was over, until it wasn’t…
Eight years of Obama/Biden foreign policy failures are now being repeated by the Biden/Harris regime. Perilously, Joe Biden and his domestic enemies of Liberty have eviscerated most of Trump’s rock-solid foreign policy with China and Russia, and we are likely to pay a very heavy price for that discard, maybe when the winter ground hardens on the Ukraine border with Russia.
Typical of the Democrats’ illogic right now is this observation from Demo strategist Leslie Marshall, who declared this week that “regardless of who is president if [Russia] fears Joe Biden or not, they better fear the United States military.” Well, yes, and NATO will fortify a large number of our aircraft ready to go and put our Black Sea fleet assets on alert. But let me take her assertion apart for you. “Regardless of who is president” is a tacit acknowledgment that our most significant enemies know Biden and his handlers are feckless idiots. And for the record, none of our military assets will be put into motion in Europe or the Pacific unless Biden authorizes that action.
Meanwhile, the Biden administration is contemplating options for an evacuation of U.S. citizens in Ukraine if hostilities commence. Sound familiar?