Clearing the Spindle: Wokism

By | January 21, 2022

[January 21, 2022]  I’m sick of wokism.  Wokism, a pernicious ideology that has wrecked grief and misery upon all of us because it requires, at its very core, a soft tyranny bordering on fascism, destroying the unfaithful and crushing our souls.  It is the forced acceptance of race, ethnicity, gender, or sexual preference as the fundamental defining characteristic of each person; not our character, deeds, or abilities.  Wokism is supported by social and news media, most politicians, Hollywood, corporate CEOs, and, sadly, senior Flag Officers of the U.S. military.  Wokism is no abstraction but a real loss of freedom and liberty taken under the mantel of the “woke warrior” who looks from his basement window to squeal upon his neighbor.  Don’t be fooled, it is a cultural degeneration to ancient tribal ways.  The result of this evil will not be pretty.  Today, I will present a few worthy articles on the topic.

I watched the FBI become so woke it can’t call out terrorism.  A retired Senior Executive at the FBI, James A. Gagliano, tells the story of the Colleyville, Texas synagogue hostage situation.  Reports clearly indicated that a deranged 44-year-old British national, Malik Faisal Akram, was armed and had taken congregants hostage. Motive?  Faisal was said to want the release of Pakistani terrorist Aafia Siddiqui from prison.  The FBI spokesman said the terror was “not specifically related to the Jewish community.”  Only after a strong backlash from ordinary Americans calling out the FBI did they walk back what was so obvious to everyone.  It was terrorism-related, Duh.  The FBI’s transformation began under Eric Holder; that’s when they ceased calling things what they are and began to use nebulous and ambiguous terms so as not to offend.  Mr. Gagliano says, “make us proud again, FBI.”  I concur.

The Woke’s tireless search for micro aggressions comes to more sports team names.  Recentl movements to rename sports teams like the Redskins, the Fighting Sioux, or the Indians has gone full out.  Now, I understand these wannabe Marxists are after the name “Vickings.”  Western Washington University may scrap its Viking mascot and is currently conducting an investigation to help make the final decision on the issue.  Apparently, the name Viking is “hyper-masculine” and “aggressive.”  Well, yes, isn’t that the point?  We name teams names such as Lions, Tigers, and Bears because we’re admire strength and courage.  The investigation found that names idolizing conquest as out of line with the university’s values around honoring local indigenous communities.  I don’t think Viking symbolizes conquest.  The Woke will not be happy until all teams are name the Pink Hats.

Who really cares about the Uighurs in China?  American venture capitalist Chamath Palihapitiya doesn’t and he made it clear in his latest podcast.  Among other things, he said, “Nobody cares about it. Nobody cares about what’s happening to the Uyghurs, okay?…”  After this stumble on social media, he tried to make a correction but still couldn’t bring himself to express empath with the Uighurs.  His original comments reflect his true sentiment, and possibly what his friends and acquaintances in the woke world of venture capitalism believe.  The NBA team he partly owns does a huge amount of business with China, and China might also be in a position to inflict harm on Palihapitiya’s own businesses.   I suspect Palihapitiya figured he could get away with his comments because he was confident that the woke world and, indeed many liberals, share his lack of concern about the Uighurs.


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Author: Douglas R. Satterfield

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24 thoughts on “Clearing the Spindle: Wokism

  1. Eagle Eye

    Me too, Gen. Satterfield, this whole ‘woke’ thing is getting tiresome. It’s just a way of ugly, stupid people to get even for their personal failures in their rightly miserable lives.

    1. Gil Johnson

      I was thinking the same thing as you, Eagle Eye. Haven’t seen you in the forums before. Welcome!

  2. Dale Paul Fox

    I always enjoy these “clearing the spindle’ posts by Gen. Satterfield, gives me insight into the stupidity of so many people. Learn from the failure of others, and you will have a better life.

  3. Delf "Jelly" Bryce

    What scares me the most, and I’m not usually scared, is the politicization of the FBI and other organs of law enforcement. There was a time we could trust them to do the right thing. But FBI Chief James Comey showed me that is not true. He is the classic anti-American. Too bad so many cannot see the FBI for what it has become.

    1. American Girl

      Right! Never trust them. Thank you Joe for hardening the FBI’s corruption and pushing them against real Americans.

    2. Douglas R. Satterfield Post author

      Indeed, it should. Those educated in the reality of American government and our system of law enforcement should speak up when necessary to slow the advance of a creeping, all-encompassing bureaucratic state.

  4. Mr. T.J. Asper

    The VIKINGS? Get real. Who would find them offensive. Oh, who cares if it is offensive, in my thinking the more offensive the better to psyche out the other team more. Gain any advantage you can. Being offensive, by the way, makes the other person stronger and more resilient. Aren’t we to help folks by making them stronger. That’s what I teach in High School.

    1. Lady Hawk

      Do something and never back down. Don’t fall for the leftist arguments, for they have little foundation. But it does matter what the arguments are.

      1. Janna Faulkner

        … so that we can meet their hate and envy with love and understanding.

      2. Shawn C. Stolarz

        Wokism (or whatever it is called) is insidious. It’s easy. it makes you feel superior to others. It is what people want to do. However, it is evil because it destroys the Woke’s target (good men and women giving their opinions) and the Woke person who has corrupted their selves in a terrible way.

  5. Yusaf from Texas

    Well, we surely know the NBA players and team owners don’t care about those in slavery in China. Go figure.

  6. Bryan Z. Lee

    Who really cares about the Uighurs in China? Who really cares that there is genocide and slavery in China? Perhaps that is a better, more clearly stated question. Liberals don’t but they prance around like blacks in America are slaves. What dumbasses.

    1. Dead Pool Guy

      Yep, there are plenty of nutjob liberals out there but we cannot win arguments thru name calling. Logic only partly works and only on a few. You must appeal to their emotions somehow.

  7. Harold M. Smith II

    Gen. Satterfield has Mr. “Jelly” Bryce as guest writer who is on top of the FBI decline into “wokism” and he regularly hammers then, and rightly so. Maybe we could find someone who does the same for politicians and military leaders.

  8. New Girl #1

    I believe in the good ‘ole USA. Just like Gen. Satterfield does. And, anything that hurts the USA is something I’m against, pure and simple. Wokism is a marxist, progressive, wannabe tyrannical ideology that is the athame to American values.

  9. JT Patterson

    Nicely done, Gen. Satterfield. I suggest that you expand this series. Others have written the same in the past. Just a consideration.

  10. Pooch T.

    I love your “Clearing the Spindle” series. Please consider making this like a regular feature. Perhaps every Friday. It would make it going into the weekend a good thing. Keep up the work you are doing here to show us leadership, how to succeed and how to learn from failure.

    1. Watson Bell

      Good suggestion. I too love this mini-series. Why? Simple reasoning, it gives me a couple of items to throw around at the coffee pot at work.

      1. Andrew Dooley

        Or, to talk trash about with my buddies. I have found that those who used to be liberal politically have either given it up (thanks to Joe Bitme as pres) or have gone off the deep end and no longer are willing to go out of their house for fear of catching “the deadly covid.” Bwaa Ha Ha. They are nuts.

      2. KenFBrown

        I can only wish. But let’s not put too much here. We could also each of us post a link to a great article to read here in the forums.

  11. Fred Weber

    Pow, knock ’em dead, Gen. S. Great clearing the spindle article for my early morning read.


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