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"Elections belong to the people. It's their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters." – Abraham Lincoln

An aphorism once championed by esoteric identity groups and justice activists has gone viral.

During the 2014 Ferguson protests, the word "woke" was popularized by Black Lives Matter (BLM) activists seeking to raise awareness about police shootings. The term spread throughout Twitter and was increasingly used by white people. It was adopted by millennials and with Generation Z. As the term spread internationally, it was added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2017.



The espousal of new vocabulary is one sign of a social mobilization that is affecting many areas of American life. But the word "woke" is no longer "just a word." It has morphed into a movement that many on the left use to justify socio-political change by the people. Wokes believe all "systemic injustices in American society" can be addressed and remedied by big government if the people elect more progressives. But this "woking" of America has come at the expense of party loyalty.

According to surveys by the Brookings Institute, Ipsos' Knowledge Panel and the Institute of Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI), apprehensions are high among voters. A record number – 75% – of all Americans concede that "the future of our democracy is at risk in the next election." A total of 75% Democrats, Republicans and independents say they fear for America's future if we elect the wrong people. But “Our mistrust of the future makes it hard to give up the past.” – Chuck Palahniu

Those surveyed said they think Americans have been asleep at the wheel of democracy too long to realize what freedom and liberties they have lost and continue to lose daily. Many blame this on "pandemic politics," and the reaction of government expanding to impress and mother hen them.

They feel government took advantage of them at a time they were highly venerable to federalism.:snip:

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