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From Project 2025 Mandate for Leadership

I’m still only about 15% of the way through the Conservative Project 2025 Manifesto Mandate for Leadership; I’m already panicked, queasy, and upset. The content is really frightening. They assert that we need to strip away the liberties of some (transgender, drag queens, non-traditional families) in order to restore the pursuit of happiness as God intended happiness to be. They want to jail a lot of people, which is probably great for the private jail industry. I won’t get into specifics of a document I haven’t finished reading, mostly out of horror and distaste, but I will complain about the use of the word “woke”.

Woke is not an adjective, although it has become one according to dictionaries. It means “aware of social justice issues”. Before the 2020s, woke was nothing more than the past tense of the verb to wake. Conservatives latched onto it as a shortcut to insult anyone with a concern for social justice. I can’t use the word. When it emerged, the grammatical misuse felt like fingernails on a blackboard. You probably know that I can be obsessive about grammar. If I were to use the word ‘woke’, it would imply that there is another valid state of unwoke-ness. Using it only strengthens the conservative cause. They’ve turned it into a bad word. And they can use its vagueness to their advantage.

In the paragraph I pulled at random from the dark pages of the Project 2025 manifesto, if you read it based on the new dictionary definition, the writers are saying that they need to dismantle social justice. How deep and far back will they go? Stonewall? Civil Rights? Suffrage? Slavery? What notions are wrapped up in their definition of the word ‘woke’? It is a slur. It has fallen into the same pit of vagueness as “evil”, “immoral”, “communist”, or “socialist”.

The re-education centers they are proposing to wipe out woke-ness have me on the edge of my seat. If a civil servant wishes to keep their job, they would have to go through the opposite of cultural sensitivity training. From what I read in the preamble, it would teach them to eschew social justice for family values. And family is defined as one man, one woman, and their offspring. They wrote that there are two genders only, and they are assigned by God.

This manifesto is the playbook for the next conservative presidency. If a Republican is elected, they’ll be pressured to follow the policies therein. When I read left-leaning criticisms, I thought they were hyperbole. It’s too soon to say (I have hours of reading ahead of me) but so far, the critics are spot on. The conservative authors say that if you support protection of vulnerable populations (women, gays, artists, transgendered people, ethnic minorities, recent immigrants, adult entertainers, mentally ill) then you are ‘woke’ and you need to be eliminated. They propose jail, re-education, deportation, immigrant roundups. Okay, even when I write it, I’m thinking they can’t really be saying this, can they? Yes, they can.

My advice is to read Project 2025’s Mandate for Leadership. Resist the urge to throw it down in outrage. Find out the plans they have. Poke holes in their harebrained economic policies. Marvel at their arrogance. Question the religious foundation of their new order. KNOW THY ENEMY.

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