Recently, Vladimir Putin, President of Russia, gave a speech criticizing the wokeness of Western nations, including the USA. He aptly described their progressiveness especially around gender identity and progressive values. Hear him in his own words:
‘The USA and the other western nations,’ says Putin are overseeing “the aggressive deletion of whole pages of their own history, reverse discrimination against the majority in the interests of minorities. It is their right, but we are asking them to steer clear of our home. We have a different viewpoint.
“The proponents of the new approaches go so far as they want to eliminate the whole notions of men and women, and those who dare say that men and women exist, and this is a biological fact, they are all but banished. Parent number one, parent number two, or parent that has given birth, or instead of breast milk, you say human milk. And you say all of that so the people who are not sure of their sexual agenda are not unhappy.
“There are some monstrous things when from a very young age, you teach to children that the boy can easily become a girl and you impose on them this selection, this choice…you push the parents aside and make the child take these decisions that can destroy their lives.”
Putin goes on to say that such mistreatment of children in the area of transgenderism could be considered a “crime against humanity!”
I never thought that I could ever agree with a villain like Putin. But on this matter, he is one hundred percent correct. America continues to erase wide swarths of its history. They seem to enjoy the tearing down of historical monuments and statues in an effort to erase the memory of certain historical figures and events. Recently, the decision was made to remove the statue of President Thomas Jefferson, because he owned slaves. Is that smart? Don’t we need to tell the whole story—the good, the bad and the ugly—if we are to be true to our history and learn from it? We need to tell that Jefferson owned slaves, perhaps he mistreated them, and all that is wrong. But we also need to tell that he wrote major parts of our founding documents and the phrase that “all men are created equal” is attributed to him. It was this very concept that “all men are created equal” that Dr Martin Luther King, Jr used so effectively to challenge the conscience of the nation during the Civil Rights Movement. What irony?
Then, after the advocates for the removal of statues like those of Christopher Columbus, Jefferson, Jackson and others have succeeded, what really changes. After the celebration, what comes next? Nothing but a false sense of progress. But as Putin says, ‘deleting whole pages of one’s history’ is not smart. Remember the wisdom of Edmund Burke, “those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it” and of Spanish philosopher George Santayana: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Winston Churchill also had a version of this.
On the issues around transgenderism, Putin is again right. The progressives have been very busy changing the description of men and women, boys and girls. These social justice issues ran into difficulty when school boards and legislators try to codify the new understandings into law. Take for example attempts to claim that whatever a male or female thinks they are, they are! That leads to attempts to legislate that men who think they are women can use the female bathrooms in public places. In Virginia, recently, a boy who claimed he was a girl allegedly (now actually because he was convicted and is awaiting sentencing) dressed in a skirt and savagely raped a 14-year-old girl in the bathroom of their school. The woke School Board that was getting ready to approve the policy that boys who think they are girls can use the girl’s bathroom, hid the fact of the rape so that they could move forward with their stupid, woke policy. Putin is right! We, who rationally think that such woke policies are idiotic somehow keep silent while foolish and detrimental policies are installed into our culture by people whose thinking has got to be considered as seriously flawed.
We ask, ‘where is all this coming from?’ The answer is: “from our woke Universities and Teachers’ Colleges.” These so-called places of learning are at the root of debasing the society with strange concepts like CRT, Social Justice and Equity, all concepts recently introduced to seduce the society into accepting nice sounding words that with a little analysis can be seen to be detrimental to the wellbeing of any society.
Let’s take a look at each of these concepts that were developed and promulgated from our institutions of Higher Learning in recent times.
First, take CRT, Critical Race Theory that says in effect that black people, because they were slaves 150 years ago, are now permanently disadvantaged and white people who held them as slaves are on the other hand permanently advantaged. Take that thought to its logical conclusion. That makes Colin Powell, Oprah Winfrey, Martin Luther King Jr, Thurgood Marshall and great blacks like them permanently disadvantaged? Note that I did not include Barak Obama in this list because his mother was white, and his father was a true African who was not a slave to white slave owners. Worse of all, CRT cancels Dr. Martin Luther Jr’s teaching that humans must be “judged by the content of their character and not by the color of their skin.”
Second, we look at ‘equity’ the hot new concept they claim will even out the wrongs of CRT but in fact it does something worse, it degrades achievement, asking that the genius be made equal to the ordinary. This can only happen by dumbing down the genius to the least common denominator in order to gain equity. It cancels excellence. It says Math is racist! It cancels AP studies in schools as the Mayor of New York just did. It makes us all dumber in a world where Chinese and Indian students are eating our lunch academically while American educators and teachers are concentrating, not on the STEMS, but on CRT and gender issues.
Third, social justice. What is that conceptually? We cannot have justice until what is considered just is codified into law. We already have a lot of extant laws, too many perhaps. But Social Justice, as a concept was developed precisely to circumvent the already codified laws of the land. Social Justice in concept is nothing but extra codified justice, extra judicial in essence and actually a sneaky way of authenticating lawlessness.
The introduction of sneaky concepts like CRT, Equity and Social Justice was designed to undermine the society. And those who promote these concepts are winning. They are quickly destroying America and Russia’s Putin sees it, knows it and plans to keep it from coming to Russia. The Russians and Chinese are sitting back and watching woke America, through its institutions— Universities, Military, Justice Department—destroy a once great country from within. And the destruction is happening very quickly to those with eyes to see.