Has the woke rot extended so far into virtually every important institution in American life – media, education, corporations, Hollywood, even the military – that even in the face of democratic rebuke, that message will continue?
there seems to be a genuine awakening among a broad segment of the American public that the narratives pushed by critical race theory, the 1619 Project, and “wokeness” more generally are a deadly poison to our ability to live alongside one another as citizens.
Bright has asked us to pass this opinion piece along to our followers. We find it to be colorable and interesting. We think there is still time for corporations and other entities to pull away from the toxic messaging spewed by the far-left and their corporate minions. But will their subsequent repudiation be enough to stop the division that is deciding the country? Moreover, as more and more Democrats abandon subscription directions to divide the country, is it getting too late: Have the far-left already been funded too much?
The following is the piece that appeared on Bright.com. The whole video can be referenced in the last paragraph.
I’ve struggled between optimism and pessimism about our future as a country. On the one hand, there seems to be a genuine awakening among a broad segment of the American public that the narratives pushed by critical race theory, the 1619 Project, and “wokeness” more generally are a deadly poison to our ability to live alongside one another as citizens.
On the other, the woke rot has extended so far into virtually every important institution in American life – media, education, corporations, Hollywood, even the military – that it’s hard for me to believe that the DEI managerial class won’t find a way to keep power even in the face of democratic rebuke. It’s the institutional and, ironically, systemic nature of the problem that keeps me up at night.
That’s why you absolutely must watch or read this important monologue from Ben Domenech, which aired Monday night on Fox News Primetime. I’ll excerpt an unusually long piece from it below instead of the normal two or three news stories (the top news of the day has been bumped to the link section), but the whole thing is worth every minute.
“Imagine a country in dire straits.
• It’s a country convulsed by riots, pitting police against protestors, and ordinary citizens against activists.
• It’s a country gripped, nearly obsessed, with issues of race and ethnicity.
• It’s a country that just exited a long and grinding foreign war — as the loser
• It’s a country where a divisive Republican president is succeeded by a genial Democrat who promised to heal — but proves too inept to lead.
• It’s a country whose campuses are in the grips of fanatical ideologues: men and women who don’t hesitate to stoop to terror and force.
• It’s a country where young people hesitate to marry, hesitate to form families, and hesitate to put down the roots that are the stuff and sustenance of society.
• It’s a country afflicted with political violence.
• It’s a country whose great cities are rapidly becoming unlivable thanks to crime overtaking neighborhoods where families used to flourish.
• It’s a country stripped of all trust in her political leadership, her people stricken with a deep cynicism earned by the failure of elites.
What country am I talking about? You might say I’m talking about the United States of America in 2021 — but this is the United States of the mid-1970s.
We don’t like to think about that yesteryear America — or if we do, we think of it as an unpleasant interlude between the aspiration of the 1960s and the revival of the 1980s. But that’s the exception…
We should think of the 1970s quite a lot because we need its lessons now. As America of today descends into violence — criminal and political alike — it’s worth looking back to the last time that happened to understand how we got ourselves out of it…
The truth is that, battered and tottering as 1970s America was, the foundations remained strong. The United States in the ‘70s was a country sunken in a historic crime wave, yes — but it was also a country where a high-school graduate could get a good union job and live in middle-class dignity, supporting a family of four even while mom focused on raising the kids.
The United States in the ‘70s was a country rife with political violence, yes — but it was also a country where a majority of Americans still had, according to Gallup, a “great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in organized religion, public schools, health care, the Presidency, and the banks. The United States in the 1970s was a country defeated in a foreign war, yes — but it also still possessed the most advanced military in the world.
America’s foundations in the ‘70s, half a century ago, were strong. That was then…
This time around, the ruling class is not on our side. You can’t count on Democratic mayors to stand up to murderous race mobs in their cities, as they once did. You can’t count on a lot of Republicans to stand up to Silicon Valley or Anthony Fauci, or even Black Lives Matter.
Don’t fool yourself: The Pentagon isn’t secretly on your side, and while some men and women trading down on the stock market floor might be, the titans at the top certainly aren’t. They’d rather sell this country out than try to save it. If you want to fly the flag, don’t even count on American baseball to stand with you. This is up to us. But it’s always come down to us — the people. And we have the power to answer the call.”
It’s the institutional and, ironically, systemic nature of the problem that keeps me up at night.