In a recent post I stated that back in 2015 the Alt-Right/Dissident Right (or whatever your favorite term is) predicted that the identitarian politics and globalist economic policies of the Left would push the civic nationalists over the edge and radicalize them into their own identitarian group. In that post I called it the Great Awakening.
The term Great Awakening is actually a description for several religious revivals that occurred in British North America and later in the United States between the 1730s and the late 1800s. I am stealing the term to use for a completely different phenomenon.
What I am talking about is the phenomenon of normal apolitical Americans waking up to the fact that the Left has been systematically destroying this country for the last fifty years. And that they’ve been doing it with the tacit approval of most of the Republican hierarchy for most of that time. When I say the Left I am including the progressives that make up the Media, Academia, the various bureaucracies at the state and federal level that lately are being called the Deep State and all the other entrenched organizations that have been pushing a radical agenda that works for the destruction of the family and traditional life in general.
Up until recently, most normal people assumed that the way to resist these progressive institutions was to vote for the Republicans at the state and federal level and support their efforts to preserve traditional values and cultural norms. But the Great Awakening was catalyzed by the spectacle of the 2016 election in which the mask finally dropped and we saw the republicans for what they really were. They were the gate keepers for the Democrats. They ensured that no matter who was elected the progressive agenda would continue unabated. During that election Donald Trump called out all of the republican presidential candidates and exposed them for their weakness and lack of courage. He identified illegal immigration as the weapon being used to destroy America and said he wasn’t afraid to fight against it. And when the Republican voters threw him their support, the Republican Establishment showed their true colors and became the Never Trump movement and declared that they’d rather elect Hillary Clinton than Donald Trump.
But even after voting for Donald Trump many Americans didn’t recognize the fact that they were personally the target of the progressive agenda. Even after eight years of Barack Obama and all the hate and lies that attended his “fundamental transformation of America,” these sleepwalkers assumed that nothing could or should be done to change the trajectory of the culture.
Luckily for us there are two things happening to wake these sleepwalkers up. The first is the President. President Trump makes it a part of his duties to call out the progressive fanatics. His bombastic style is an effective means for exposing the ugliness and stupidity of these people.
The other thing that is waking the sleepwalkers up is the acceleration of the Leftist agenda. We now have immigrant congresswomen from the Middle East openly spouting anti-American and antisemitic sentiments openly. And not being censured by their Democrat leaders.
And we also now have the transgender phenomenon on full display. We have high school girls who’ve worked and trained to become competitive athletes being forced to compete against essentially men. The dispiriting result of such an unfair practice is opening eyes even among communities that normally would have nothing to do with traditional groups. A schism is opening up in the so-called LGBTQ community between lesbians and transgender supporters over the primacy of biological identity.
All these increasingly strident and unappealing spectacles are waking up normal Americans to the reality that the country is being hijacked by a concerted effort to undermine the normal way of life that makes life worth living.
So, what makes me think things are changing? Look at the intersection of the two factors I mentioned above. When AOC’s “Squad” started dumping on America, President Trump told them to go back to their dysfunctional craphole homes and fix them up before they complain about America. And when the Media breathlessly interviewed Republican women expecting them to condemn the President they didn’t. A few years ago, they would have. But defending the Squad is a bridge too far. Most Americans have had enough of strident leftists. And this week when President Trump went after Representative Elijah Cummings for his inaccurate statements about the ICE border station and told him to spend more time improving the conditions in his own Baltimore congressional district most Republicans may have been uncomfortable but they could see the relevance of the comparison.
The worm has turned. The Overton Window has shifted radically and the truth can now finally set you free. President Trump has made it thinkable to call the Leftists on their lies and people are starting to do it. And that neutralizes a big part of the scam that they’ve used on the right for the last fifty years. And that will cause the whole thing to accelerate even more.
And that’s what I call the Great Awakening. We’re waking up and finding out that the Emperor has no clothes and we don’t have to pretend anymore. That doesn’t mean we automatically win. We may find out that we’re outnumbered. The awakening isn’t an end it’s a beginning. We still need to figure out how we get what we want. We’ll have to find out who we can work with and who we can’t. But at least we’re awake.