A retired Air Force general described America’s cultural divide as “America’s enemies + the woke regime vs America” in a tweet recently as issues of “wokeness” play an increasing role in U.S. politics.
In a tweet on Feb. 20, retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Robert Spalding said, “This is not America vs America. This is America’s enemies + the woke regime vs America.”
Spalding made the comment in reply to podcaster Michele Tafoya, who posted an excerpt from a recent essay, ““Woke Revolutionaries Versus Americanists,” on how Republican politicians should combat “woke tyranny.”
The excerpt posted by Tafoya explains that “we are in a war” between “Americanists” and “woke revolutionaries,” which is more grave than a “normal policy dispute” between “conservatives” and “progressives.”
The January essay was addressed to Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN), who recently founded what he calls the Anti-Woke Caucus. In his announcement of the Anti-Woke Caucus, Banks said he plans to “regularly host meetings with anti-woke legislators and subject-matter experts.”
“My goal is to help myself and other Republicans better understand the long tentacles of the wokeness regime, the laws, regulations, and funding sources which support it, and explore legislative responses,” he wrote.
Spalding has been retired from the Air Force since at least 2019 after serving for more than 25 years, according to biographical details on his book’s Amazon page. During that time, he earned seven medals and awards and became a leading expert on China, according to his Air Force biography.
He was a distinguished graduate of Mandarin Chinese language training, and later served as chief China strategist for the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Following that, he was assigned as the Defense Department’s representative at the U.S. embassy in Beijing.
He has written two books on China: “War Without Rules: China’s Playbook for Global Dominion” and “Stealth War: How China Took Over While America’s Elite Slept.”