Opinion: Post-postmodern America

File photo/Meridith Kohut/The New York Times / Migrants in Matamoros, Mexico, prepare to cross the Rio Grande to turn themselves in to U.S. Border Patrol agents in Brownsville, Texas, on May 11, 2023.

When the woke revolution took over traditional America, matters soon reached the level of the ridiculous.

Take the following examples of woke craziness and hypocrisy.

› The Biden administration from its outset wished to neuter immigration law. It stopped the border wall and allowed into the United States anyone who could walk across the Southern border.

More than seven million did just that. Meanwhile, President Joe Biden ignored the role of the Mexican cartels in causing nearly 100,000 annual American fentanyl deaths.

Then border states finally wised up.

They grasped that the entire open-borders, left-wing braggadocio was predicated on its hypocritical architects staying as far away as possible from their new constituents.

So cash-strapped border states started busing their illegal aliens to sanctuary blue-state jurisdictions.

Almost immediately, once magnanimous liberals, whether in Martha's Vineyard, Chicago or Manhattan, stopped virtue-signaling their support for open borders. Instead, soon they went berserk over the influx.

› Pre-civilizational greens in California prefer blowing up dams to building them. They couldn't care less that their targeted reservoirs help store water in drought, prevent flooding, enhance irrigation, offer recreation and generate clean hydroelectric power.

Now an absurd green California is currently destroying four dams on the Klamath River. In adding insult to injury, it is paying the half-billion dollar demolition cost in part through a water bond that state voters once thought would build new — not explode existing — dams.

› The Biden administration is mandating new dates when electric vehicles will be all but mandatory.

To prove their current viability, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm led a performance art EV caravan on a long road trip.

When she found insufficient charging stations to continue her media stunt, she sent a gas-powered car ahead to block open charging stations and deny them to other EVs ahead in line.

Only that way could Granholm ensure that her arriving energy-starved motorcade might find rare empty charger stalls.

In some California charging stations, diesel generators are needed to produce enough "clean" electricity to power the stalls.

› One of the loudest leftist voices to defund the police, and decriminalize violent crimes in the post-George Floyd era, was Shivanthi Sathanandan, the 2nd vice chairwoman of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party.

She was recently not shy about defunding: "We are going to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department. Say it with me. DISMANTLE."

But recently the loud Sathanandan was a victim of the very crime wave she helped to spawn.

Last week, four armed thugs carjacked her automobile. They beat her up in front of her children at her own home and sped off without fear of arrest.

The reaction of the arch police dismantler and decriminalizer?

The now bruised and bleeding activist for the first time became livid that criminals had taken over her Minneapolis: "Look at my face. REMEMBER ME when you are thinking about supporting letting juveniles and young people out of custody to roam our streets instead of HOLDING THEM ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR ACTIONS."

The common theme of these absurdities is how contrary to human nature, impractical, and destructive is utopian wokism, whether in matters of energy, crime or illegal immigration.

There are two other characteristics of the woke revolution.

One, it depends solely on its advocates never having to experience firsthand any of the nonsense they inflict on others.

And two, dangerous zealots with titles before, and letters after, their names prove to be quite stupid — and dangerous.

Victor Davis Hanson is a historian at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University.