The speakers and organizers of this movement are no more calling for a return to slavery than they are advocating wooden teeth, smallpox, or wolf attacks at night
Reawaken America Tour – The Great Awakening vs. The Great Reset – Editorial
by Michael C. Goodwin | Contributing Writer | Eternal Affairs Media
With world events turning from the absurd to the aneurysm-inducing, one may find a need to seek comfort from any source (I personally choose Bourbon, but it’s not for everyone.) A relatively new movement is providing this source of renewed purpose by relying on traditional faith and governance to confront what they see as a falling, corrupt nation. The “Reawaken America Tour” aims to bring the United States back to the ideals of the founding documents focused on individual liberty and freedom as well as a closer relationship with the principles of the Christian faith. While the speakers range from the decidedly sectarian (a variety of pastors and religious figures,) to the secular (General Michael Flynn, comedian Jim Breuer, and President Nixon tattoo enthusiast Roger Stone,) the core message is that the nation has lost its morality.
Started by Clay Clark, an entrepreneur and business coach, the catalyst was the Covid-19 lockdowns and quarantines. According to Clark, he was inspired by a prophecy from Minister Kenneth Hagin, that Marxist elements would use such an occasion to gain control the country under the guise of health and safety. As such, the aim of the gatherings not only focuses on the Covid measures, but the government reaction ranging from curfews and mandates to the election of 2020.
The theory is that there is an international cabal of influence peddlers known as the World Economic Forum who are using this pandemic to seize ever more power and control for themselves (a wild conspiracy that stems from them admitting it. On several occasions. I’m not kidding. They had a video and everything, it is fascinating how honest they are being about it.) The WEF calls for a “Great Reset” (yup, they even named it,) a new future where the world is interdependent (making international conflict obsolete,) where freedom is curtailed in favor of security (your freedom, not theirs, know your betters, peasant,) private property and self-ownership are antiquated concepts (the phrase used is “you will own nothing and be happy,) and of course the environment (this starts with trains and windmills and somehow ends up with us all eating bugs. No. I’m not making that up. I wish to God I were.)
The Reawaken America Tour is basically a rejection of this aim. Rather than a cabal of elites ruling from on high, we should govern ourselves. Instead of worshipping the state, we should turn to the God of our founding. We should value the morals and ideals that produced us rather than the current uncertainty in which we find ourselves. Oh, and we should eat ribeye steak instead of grasshopper quesadilla (they didn’t say that, but I feel I should add it. It is a damn fine selling point.)
So, there it is, reject the disturbing Bond villain Klaus Schwab (founder of the WEF, and born in, I kid you not, Ravensburg, Germany,) and take back control of your own destiny from an ever-expanding government. While the “pastor in the revival tent in 1920s Alabama” style of delivery may not be for all, the message is certainly palatable to many.
The criticisms of Clark’s tour are of course deeply thought out, well-constructed, and thought provoking.
I am kidding, of course, they just scream “racism” and hold up pictures form The Handmaid’s Tale a lot.
There are certainly concerns that can be raised, however, that are not the intellectually lazy and boring ad-homonyms. First off, there is the notion that a return to the founding would only benefit white landowners (this is a valid concern, albeit an uninformed one.) This is criticism is grounded in reality, slavery did exist. Women could not vote. Many civil rights were not recognized by the government nor the people of the day. A return to the reality of the 1770s or even to the 1950s would be a large step back for many.
To this criticism, it seems the goal of this movement is to return to the ideals of a more idealized past. Whereas they want to embody the spirit and goals of the Declaration of Independence and The Constitution, they wish to expand the promises and obligations therein to all willing to accept them. According to the speakers at these events (I listened to hours of these things,) they wish to live up to the goals of the founding (as well as the Enlightenment itself,) to create what was once called a “more perfect union.”
The speakers and organizers of this movement are no more calling for a return to slavery than they are advocating wooden teeth, smallpox, or wolf attacks at night.