The following Op-Ed is written and submitted by Paul Plante.
Recently, I received an e-mail from the Cape Charles Mirror, checking in to see if I was still walking the planet after an absence of posting, which gesture on the part of the CCM to check in with me, an elderly disabled veteran who lives alone out in the countryside, was very much appreciated.
My response as to not posting was that there is so much bull**** being literally heaved at us from all directions at once by the Biden regime to cover over Joe’s cratering poll numbers, and the fact that Joe is actually trailing Trump in the polls, with Americans rating the economy under Trump as being far better than it is under Biden and his signature, eponymous Marxist economics scheme labeled “BIDE-O-NOMICS” ( see, CCM, August 13, 2023, “Op-Ed: On BIDE-O-NOMICS” http://www.capecharlesmirror.com/op-ed- … s/#respond ) that it has been impossible to sort it all out before the next barrage came raining down on our heads, so that I have been living in a continued state of disbelief and WTF as to what passes for “government” at the federal or national level in this country under BIDE-O-NISM, which is Joe’s Americanized version of Stalinism in the Soviet Union under Joe Stalin.
Consider, for example, a recent 1945 article 1945 by Tyler O’Neil, the managing editor of The Daily Signal, titled “The Insidious Way the Joe Biden Forces Staff to Preach DEI” on 30 October 2023, where we were informed as follows about how Joe is imposing BIDE-O-NISM on the American people through the agency of the federal government which Joe has dictatorial and autocratic control over through his executive orders, to wit:
Promoting the gospel of diversity, equity, and inclusion isn’t an extracurricular activity at the Department of Commerce — it’s an essential part of every employee’s job, according to a new memo obtained by The Daily Signal.
Now, if that is not a serious case of WTF, then what is?
And it is actually so bizarre that it is way beyond WTF over into the area of the extreme absurd, and to see how that is, let us go back to the article, as follows:
If the hard-nosed economists at Commerce don’t preach about institutional racism or display their preferred personal pronouns in their bios, they will face adverse action from their superiors.
Display their preferred personal pronouns in their bios?
Can this **** be for real?
But of course it is, as we see by going back for more, to wit:
The department is institutionalizing the Left’s ideology through its employee performance reviews.
According to the memorandum dated Oct. 16, diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility activities are an essential part of every employee’s work at President Joe Biden’s Commerce Department, which is run by Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo.
“The inclusion of DEIA activities in a performance plan and critical element signifies that these duties are of such importance that acceptable performance in these activities are required for acceptable performance in the position,” the memo, available on the Commerce Department website, states.
https://www.commerce.gov/cr/programs-an … pport-deia
https://www.commerce.gov/hr/practitione … -inclusion
“The attached implementation guidance explains where and how the standardized DEIA language must be incorporated into performance plans.”
The document lists eight options for an employee’s “Supervisory Support Activity,” directing staff to “Select at least one support activity to be inserted as a credible measure and performed in correlation to the DEIA performance requirement.”
Half of the options for Commerce Department employees read like a list of requirements for a DEI convert to prove his devotion to a pseudo-religious cause.
Each of these requirements advances the Left’s intersectionality narrative: American history is a story about the oppressed and the oppressors, and therefore it is the government’s job to even out the scales.
Blacks, Hispanics, women, LGBTQ individuals, and others are “oppressed,” “marginalized,” or “underserved,” and therefore the government must prioritize them according to their skin color, sex, sexual orientation, or claimed gender identity.
This DEI agenda amounts to a pseudo-religious ideology, complete with a cast of heroes and villains, an original sin of oppression, and its own mantras, such as “Black Lives Matter!” and “Trans Women Are Women!”
When Commerce requires its employees to “lead or support an initiative to raise awareness and emphasize the value of” DEI, that often translates to “become an apologist for the narrative that America is institutionally racist, sexist, transphobic, and oppressive.”
Although diversity, equity, and inclusion sound like laudable goals, DEI training for employees forces the Left’s narrative time and time again.
Commerce’s requirements amount to a loyalty oath for employment, enforced by performance reviews.
Further down, the document presents “Performance Language Implementing Guidance” that appears to require all employees to accept the basic idea of gender ideology — that a person’s gender identity overrides his or her biological sex.
According to this document, employees must “participate in available DEIA training,” take part in employee resource groups, and “include preferred name and pronouns in your Microsoft Outlook employee email signatures and Microsoft Teams settings.”
Supervisors must ensure “subordinate employees’ use of correct names and pronouns, both written and verbally, to help foster a workplace free of discrimination and harassment.”
So, yes, people, to say that I have been left speechless by this incredible bull**** is the height of understatement, indeed.
And once again, thanks to the Cape Charles Mirror for being here in its capacity as a GRAND PALLADIUM of our liberty by providing us a forum in which to discuss this absolute weirdness that is infecting our government at its highest level.