“And I’m proud to be an American…” (Lee Greenwood)
A Gallup poll has found only 38 percent of us are “strongly proud” to be Americans, the lowest on record. Another 22 percent say they are “moderately proud.”
Some liberals who support abortion have called for the boycott of Independence Day.
These attitudes and numbers about America are what is causing them? It is partly due to the fact that media often cover bad stories (and ignore the better ones). They pit us against each other – rich against poor, black against white, Republicans against Democrats. They focus on the fringes of both right and left, and neglect moderate voices. This makes it difficult to find solutions for problems.
The City of Orlando issued a statement after sending out a promotion for its July 4 fireworks display, claiming people “probably” don’t want to celebrate because America is full of “hate,” adding, “we can’t blame them.”
Mel Brooks is a comedian who believes laughing at evil is the best way of diminishing its power. He did this in his film and later Broadway musical “The Producers.” The show includes the song “Spring Time for Hitler” and a ludicrous Nazi sympathizer. Brooks would find it difficult to create that type of satire today because of what has come to be known as “wokeness.”
Reinforcements have arrived with the publication of the Babylon Bee’s “Guide to Wokeness.” It is laugh out loud funny, unless you are woke.
According to the writers, waking up is the new religion. They say being woke means: “realizing the problems in your life are not your fault; finding your identity not in objective reality, but in your feelings; worshipping the planet because humanity is evil; rejecting organized religion and mindlessly following the Left; finding racism, sexism and hatred in everything; changing your (social media) profile picture to match the current fad; brainwashing your kids to hate life and be miserable; rioting; never, ever being satisfied and having happiness, but instead constantly complaining about everything; becoming an absolutely horrible person to be around.”
That’s just the outline.
Apart from the media’s fixation on the divisions of corporations and the shameless bowing to a small woke minority in the corporate world, it is the responsibility of the education system (the Bee calls this “indoctrination”) to promote wokeness among the youth.
The Bee writers take this on as follows: “Starting in pre-school your goal is to turn kids against their parents. Start by asking them simple questions, like ‘Why are your parents so white and dumb’? Or ‘Did you know your turtle sandbox is sitting on land your Dad stole from indigenous people?’”
Or this about sex, a subject once thought to the exclusive purview of parents: “Gender-Confuse them from kindergarten – it’s important for your students to see sex as central to their identities and personalities.” Such an approach, they write, turns a “well-adjusted boy” into an “enraged man ready to dismantle capitalism.”
There are truths in all humor, and that is why it’s funny. The woke crowd would include those who are able to wake up and be accepted by the spirit of our age. The Bee says to become fully woke requires constant apologizing for one’s whiteness and even your humanity because you are a racist – don’t deny it – and are guilty of destroying the planet by your very existence.
After reading the book, and having a good time, share it with a friend who is liberal. Take pictures (using their preferred pronoun), of your facial expressions while they are reading and then post them to social media. Include a flag and “I love America” sticker to enhance their rage. Then, run.