The useful idiots of the Liberal Woke Progressive ideology

The naïve and mis-guided followers of the Liberal Woke Progressive ideology are extremely dangerous because their simplistic views influence millions when their voices are amplified by social media and the mainstream press. While the term useful idiots did not originate with Lenin as many believe, it has been used most often about those fools who backed Communism without any understanding of what it really entailed. Today Communism has been largely discredited but the current ideology on the left is just as dangerous and it threatens all of us in many ways. The October 7 horrific attack in Israel and the support Hamas got is only the latest and most tragic example.

Massacre of the innocents

On October 7, 2023, Hamas terrorists killed 1,400 Israelis and took over 200 to be held as hostages in Gaza. They decapitated babies, raped girls and women, tied up innocents in their homes and burned them alive. The victims ranged from infants to elderly Holocaust survivors. Relative to the size of Israel, the number was equivalent to 50,000 in the United States, far worse than 9/11. The attack was universally condemned by world leaders in Western democracies and the media.

But it didn’t last long. Even before the victims had been buried, pro-Hamas demonstrations started around the world and most media started to talk about the context and justifying the unspeakable evil of the terrorists who were glorified by being called militants. Israel was urged to use restraint and to follow international law even though Israel is the most moral country in the world and the Hamas terrorists committed and continue to commit unspeakable war crimes.  

How can so many supposedly educated students, including at top universities, be so blind as to not see pure evil. How can the supposedly professional media fall for the propaganda of Hamas and their supporters? A hospital in Gaza is hit by an explosion and the media immediately listen to Hamas and say it was an Israeli air strike. Within a couple of hours Israel provides incontestable proof that the explosion was from an Islamic Jihad mis-fired rocket. And still some media do not correct their erroneous reporting.

How did we get to this point?

I am not going to talk about the Israel-Palestinian conflict. Others have covered this subject far better than I can. Suffice to say that Hamas is clearly as bad and evil as ISIS and Al-Qaeda. They must be destroyed and Israel should be given free rein to do so, not only for the sake of its own people but to protect all Western democracies since Hamas seeks to kill all infidels.

To understand why so many people, march for Hamas and get support from an uncritical media who are now calling for a ceasefire and restraint by Israel, it is useful to examine other examples of the woke, progressive ideology.

Black Lives Matter/Defund the police

The Black Lives Matter (BLM) slogan and groups started in 2013 following the acquittal of George Zimmerman, a white man, in the shooting death of black teen Trayvon Martin. The movement grew following other high-profile shootings of blacks by police. It really took off in 2020 after the videotaped murder of George Floyd. At the same time a Defund the Police movement also took off. This was a simplistic solution to a real problem. It is true that more blacks are killed by police than whites but black crime against other blacks is far, far greater than blacks being killed by police.

The defund the police movement led to less police and the demoralization of many of them. Obviously, that led to far more crime against all races, but especially against blacks. In addition, many woke cities and states started releasing people charged with crimes under a certain dollar amount. This led to flash mobs invading and ransacking stores especially in downtown areas where many blacks and poor people live. So, many of the stores simply closed with the losers being those living in those areas, the very same people that the simplistic woke people wanted to help.

Make no mistake, discrimination against blacks especially by some police (a small minority) is a real problem. From my 6 years on Montreal’s Public Security Commission, I know the police are aware of the problem and addressing it. And this was before the more recent publicity about the issue. However, mobs protesting, burning and looting stores and calls for defunding the police do not help.

Open borders

The woke feel sorry for anyone they deem to be oppressed or poor so they want open borders in the south of the United States. As a result, since Joe Biden was elected at least 7 million undocumented immigrants have come over. No one knows who they are or where they are. However, some who have been caught are sex traffickers, drug dealers, criminals and almost certainly some are terrorists just waiting for the right moment to strike. Also, a number come from China. Why would someone from China come through the southern US border? There are easier ways to come in but then they would be documented. Where did they get the money for such a long journey. I would not be surprised if, at least some, are sleeper agents for the Chinese government. Open borders are a ticking time bomb and an insane policy but that is what the useful woke fools want.

Sanctuary Cities

Border states complained bitterly about all the illegal aliens flooding their areas and costing them a fortune, increasing crime, homelessness, etc. So, the ever so woke cities and states, virtue-signaling, declared themselves to be Sanctuary Cities/States and proclaimed that all were welcome. However, as soon as the border states started busing the illegals to Washington, DC, Martha’s Vineyard, New York City and so on, the outcry was immediate. We have no facilities; we can’t handle all these homeless people; bussing these people is inhumane, etc. Now, suddenly the Biden administration is working on the border wall and increasing border patrol agents. I am afraid it is too little, too late.

The Palestinians

The simplistic woke fools see that the Palestinians are poor and suffering. So, they are quick to believe the nonsense that it is the fault of Israel. They say Israel is occupying Gaza when the truth is Israel left Gaza and forced the Israeli settlers to leave in September, 2005, 18 years ago. When given that fact, they say Israel treats Gaza like an open-air prison. Strange, a prison with an open door to Egypt in the south and no guards. Further, until October 7, Israel generously and humanely provided water, electricity and all kinds of aid to flow in from Israel. Why? Because Hamas who control Gaza, did not spend the millions that they receive each year to help their people. Instead, they built 300 miles of tunnels, and missiles. They built rocket launchers under hospitals and schools so they could use their people as human shields. I could go on but the point of all the examples that I have given is that the liberal, woke, progressives are shallow thinkers who are very good at protesting but these useful fools are strengthening terrorists, and helping those who wish to destroy Western democracies.

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  1. Well said Bill. I agree with everything you say 100% but it seems impossible to get the truth through to the woke Palestinian supporters. They choose to believe whatever lies are spewed to them by Hamas and their fake propaganda.

  2. Allan and everyone reading,

    Yes, it is very hard to get through to the woke Palestinian supporters. A good first step would be for University Presidents and faculty to start teaching right from wrong and also critical thinking as opposed to blindly following the popular simplistic views. What happened to universities being places where students were taught to think critically? Further, universities should ban hate speech and so should governments. Kudos to France and Germany who are banning these types of protests and applying sanctions. McGill and some other colleges/universities have taken steps but they are a small minority.

    As for Canada and our so very woke Prime Minister, why hasn’t he finally figured out the hospital parking lot was hit by a Palestinian rocket? Why hasn’t he condemned the vile, hate speech filled protests. He went to Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf, a Jesuit private school. Surely they must have taught ethics and morals in some course. But perhaps Justin missed it since he was busy partying in blackface.

  3. Very well said !!!
    Unfortunately, you are preaching to the converted/choir.
    The ones who should listen are deaf. They don’t realize that they are next. As the famous peom of the Nazi era written by Pastor Martin Niemuoler is not enough warning:

    The Quote
    First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist.

    Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a trade unionist.

    Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew.

    Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

    —Martin Niemöller

  4. It is true that most of my readers are the converted but sadly and shockingly, not all. In Montreal, we are more aware but in the US, most Jews vote for the Democrats always. They read the New York Times and watch CNN and MSNBC. They don’t know and they don’t understand.

    A second reason for my blog is that readers can forward/share my posts and that expands the audience.

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Dr. Steinberg has a BSc from McGill University, a PhD in Psychology from Northwestern University, and was a professor at Concordia University. He was Mayor of the Town of Hampstead for 16 years and led the demerger battle. He was was awarded the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal and is currently President of the Cochlear Implant Recipients Association.

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