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#WalkAway Movement Gains Steam As Free-thinkers Reject The Left

#WalkAway Movement Gains Steam As Free-thinkers Reject The Left

“Once upon a time, I was a liberal. Well, to be honest, less than a year ago, I was still a liberal”

https://youtu.be/4Pjs7uoOkag

We’ve been covering the effects of the 2016 election on the left, and we aren’t the only ones who’ve noticed just how depraved and debased Democrats and the left have become.

The #WalkAway movement consists of free-thinking liberals who are horrified by what has become of their side, of the Democratic Party, and they are posting videos and social media shares on why they have chosen to #WalkAway.

The Epoch Times reports:

When actor James Woods tweeted out the hashtag “#WalkAway” in late June, even the alt-right missed the enormity of what lay beneath it. The Democratic Party had, in fact, struck an iceberg.

Some 5 million people on Facebook and YouTube have seen the video by now. A very handsome gay man, who you just assume is about to scold you on progressive talking points, instead says this:

“Once upon a time, I was a liberal. Well, to be honest, less than a year ago, I was still a liberal.

. . . . Meet Brandon Straka, the unlikely liberator and new face of the “silent minority” of Americans who’ve been cast out by family and friends, fired from jobs, and forced into silent social ghettos for their failure to “get it” about how hateful and dangerous Donald Trump is, and why he and all his supporters should be subjected to an ever-expanding social and professional fatwah.

Watch Straka’s video. Twice.

Straka has set up Facebook pages for his #WalkAway movement and is encouraging others who are horrified by the new face of the left to post their own stories.

The Epoch Times continues:

They gather at his two Facebook groups, “The Unsilent Minority” and “WalkAway Campaign.” Those who have the courage post their own video testimonials about the moment when the abuse, rage, and ugliness of the Democrats caused them to finally leave the party and “walk away.”

. . . .  Those who are walking away are not Hillary Clinton’s “basket of deplorables,” but rather, in many cases, lifelong Democrats who simply could not take it any longer and have longed for this very moment, when somebody like them would make it safe for them to come out of the closet and speak their minds.

From urban gay men to staunch liberal grandmothers, from a punk drag queen with black lips to a tattooed lesbian with a mohawk, those posting testimonials all had a breaking point, a moment when they decided to “walk away.”

Lea Anna Bright, in a mohawk, looks into the camera and says in a slow, simmering voice: “This is a Vice article I am reading right now. It says, ‘The activist left doesn’t give a shit about your calls for civility. Get ready for a summer of rage.’” She looks up. “This is where the party is going, and this is why I chose to walk away. Peace. Not for me. Bye.”

It’s important to note that most of those who #WalkAway are not embracing the GOP or even considering themselves conservatives or of the right; they are just walking away from the left and the Democratic Party.

Here’s an example of the types of videos being shared by those in the #WalkAway movement:

Twitter is flooded with #WalkAway tweets (naturally).

https://twitter.com/Presh1881/status/1012962205501939712

https://twitter.com/MayeTCC/status/1012995695656091648

https://twitter.com/bgardineer4/status/1013098481890848770

https://twitter.com/Charley_Carroll/status/1013040622654181376

https://twitter.com/Elizajett2016/status/1013092696058138625

There are a many many more, and they are fabulous!

Now the GOP has to figure out how to appeal to these brave free-thinkers who rejected the left but aren’t yet ready to embrace the right.

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Comments

About time this meme caught on.

    Tom Servo in reply to gbear. | June 30, 2018 at 6:57 pm

    Next. maybe something like this will start to catch on with the Never Trumpers. although since they’re where they are mainly out of arrogance and hatred of working class voters, I doubt it’s possible.

    But notice how quiet they’ve suddenly become?

Finally.

The Trump effect: People follow winners – even young people bred to be narcissistic useful idiots of the left.

To wit: the corrupt Susan Rice (Netflix’s new propaganda master) can’t control her son:

“Susan Rice’s son is outspoken pro-Trump GOP leader at Stanford:”
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/05/31/susan-rices-son-is-outspoken-pro-trump-gop-leader-at-stanford.html

Rice’s son knows more about her than possibly anyone. No wonder he grew-up to stand for the opposite of everything she stands for.

BTW: Is anybody here STILL subscribing to Netflix?

“#Walkaway?”

They should be RUNNING away: they have a lot of years destroyed by obama and his ilk to make up for. Maybe Trump can salvage their futures – if they help him.

But the left’s student loans to them will hang on their necks for the rest of their lives. Maybe they’ll finally figure out why the left intentionally saddled them with ruinous debt.

Given where the contemporary Dumb-o-crat Party is, today, having gleefully and unabashedly adopted the most radical anti-Semitic, anti-capitalist, anti-police, anti-military, anti-Constitution and anti-everything perpetual grievance posture and contrived victim-oppressor narrative frameworks of the radical Leftist jackboots, I will not be surprised to see these “traitors” to Leftist orthodoxies branded as “Enemies of the State” and subjected to threats, intimidation and violence.

”Now the GOP has to figure out how to appeal to these brave free-thinkers who rejected the left but aren’t yet ready to embrace the right.”

“Amnesty for illegal immigrants…?”

-The GOP

    Not if they’re smart (hahaha!). A lot of the #WalkAway tweets, posts, and videos support the polling that the majority of Americans want secure borders. The gist of this point for walkaways is that the Democrats fight harder and do more for illegal aliens than for minority groups within their own base. They’re not wrong.

    FreeMan in reply to Ulises. | July 4, 2018 at 7:08 pm

    sorry bro, the Right does not pander to get support, they stand for what is RIGHT. When people do their history, and see the Rep. NEVER owned slaves, believe people should be given the ability to be free and not encumbered by gov., we stand together as the American people against a tyrannical gov. not standing together to create one, as the DemoCRAPS do. Standing on the RIGHT is not hard, when you find out its not anything that the left says it is.

The Democratic Party has been asking for this. American voters are the same good-hearted people they have always been, whether nominal Democrat or Republican. In the last Presidential election, voters were confronted with a policy campaign and a character assassination campaign. The voters chose policy.

After the campaign, voters expected the Democrats and Republicans to work together along the lines of the voters’ instructions. That hasn’t happened. The slander campaign continues, and we have one state that continues to throw hissy fits. The Democratic Party and their media are so over-the-top as to repel their base.

    TeacherinTejas in reply to Valerie. | July 1, 2018 at 11:17 am

    Yeah, I am originally from Pennsylvania and I told my (legal immigrant now citizen) wife on Election Night at those blue wall states started flipping, “I get it. That guy in rural Pennsylvania, who voted for Obama once or even twice did not just become a racist overnight. Yeah, he’s a lot more tolerant and loving of his gay son, than 20 years ago, but doesn’t think the local bakery should be forced to cater the wedding. He’s sensitive to trans kids being bullied at school, but doesn’t think allowing adult males to share bathroom facilities with his 8th grade daughter is a good thing.”

      MajorWood in reply to TeacherinTejas. | July 2, 2018 at 10:52 am

      The “all or nothing” mentality will be the dems undoing. They are literally nazis in the way that they do no tolerate any dissent. “You either voted for Obama, or you are a racist.” “You support this, or you are (insert pejorative)” Simply no room for discussion with them. The funny thing is that none of what they said would absolutely happen has come true, and I try to point that out whenever possible, just as we did back in the early days of CHL and Sarah Brady predicted gunfights in the streets. Want to have fun with liberals. Wait until you spot one reading the NYT with N. Korea on the front page, and make a comment along the lines of “Trump sure has a weird way of starting WW-III.” It will force them to confront reality which is in opposition to their beliefs. Or point out that way way more American citizens have been separated from their kids when incarcerated than the illegal immigrants, so where is the outrage for these Americans? I guess if that felony has removed you from the voting block, the dems no longer care about you. The point is to get them to realize that their democrat friends are lying to them and making stuff up just to keep them scared. People who aren’t scared won’t eagerly welcome a police state to protect them.

        FreeMan in reply to MajorWood. | July 4, 2018 at 7:23 pm

        Major, Militant Lefts are lying bullies that just call you names if you say anything they dont like. They need to make new signs, HATE TRUMPS LOVE. because, Trump is showing his LOVE for America and the people and the leftist just scream hate.

Recognizing that you have a problem is the first step toward recovery. Good for all of these people!

Colonel Travis | June 30, 2018 at 6:12 pm

I left the left many years ago and became a conservative. Didn’t know about this movement until the other day, and I tried to think back why I voted straight (D) in my first ever presidential election and the only answer I could come up with is that I wasn’t thinking, period.

The left is worse than it was 25 years ago when I switched. Back then there were actually people who weren’t 100% irrational, inflexible, hardcore idiots. Today it is almost impossible to find anyone who values reason on the left. Dershowitz is the only one I can think of off the top of my head.

    Edward in reply to Colonel Travis. | July 2, 2018 at 8:25 am

    Depending on how old you might be, you might not have had a valid option in Texas elections when you first voted. Presumably your parents voted Democrat and you absorbed their political preference at home. Good on you, as the Brits say, for thinking and changing your politics.

It’s enough for the moment that they’ve stopped voting for Democrats. Now that they’ve begun to think, soon enough they’ll find reasons to vote for Republicans – at least when they can tell the difference….

    moonmoth in reply to txvet2. | June 30, 2018 at 7:44 pm

    I’m going to follow Scott Adams’s suggestion and vote straight Republican this fall, even though I’m no fan of the Republicans. Among other things, they helped crooked contractors end my career because I had helped employees who reported corruption in government agencies. But I do know bad from worse. The Democratic party has become a pack of baying lunatics.

      Tom Servo in reply to moonmoth. | July 1, 2018 at 8:40 am

      I agree – people outside of Texas, for example, don’t understand why all State offices have become so monolithically Republican just 30 years after having been almost universally Democrat for 100 years. It isn’t that the Republicans here are so good, they’re not, they pull the same kind of boneheaded stupid moves as everywhere else. But the Democrats here have gotten so bad! 4 years ago the Texas Dem party chair actually said that the Dem Party here did not need white men voting for them, he actually said that it was a party he did not want them to feel comfortable in. And that’s why for Governor this year they are running an inarticulate mexican lesbian. It’s absolutely insane.

        TeacherinTejas in reply to Tom Servo. | July 1, 2018 at 11:20 am

        Don’t need white men? So how did Wendy Davis work out for them anyway? Also running the most openly pro abortion candidate when a lot of your Hisapnic voters are very pro life, was a pretty stupid decision.

        FreeMan in reply to Tom Servo. | July 4, 2018 at 7:16 pm

        I grew up in Texas, the greatest state there WAS. I live in Fl. and bought 40 acres in another country, because I thought Hillary was going to win. It still may be a place I can escape to, but Trump was right, when he said, “this is probably the last chance we have” and thank God he is working so hard like no other to MAGA!

This points to the distinction between liberal and progressive.

Good that liberals are waking up to the tyranny of progressives.

America works best when there is a good liberal-conservative tension. Progressives have no use for tension, which is why they are turning extreme.

DieJustAsHappy | June 30, 2018 at 8:14 pm

“It’s important to note that most of those who #WalkAway are not embracing the GOP or even considering themselves conservatives or of the right; they are just walking away for the left and the Democratic Party.”

This is well exemplified by the statement of DevanJDub who says, “When my race and sexual orientation became more important than my thoughts, I had to #walkaway from the Democrats.”

It’s as much as calling the Dems for being the reactionary, unthinking persons they have become.

Eastwood Ravine | June 30, 2018 at 9:18 pm

If this split in the Democrat party is still around throughout 2020, Trump could likely win an electoral landslide.

Bruce Hayden | June 30, 2018 at 9:56 pm

Good meme. Dangerous to the Dems.

Close The Fed | June 30, 2018 at 9:57 pm

Good news. I could be wrong, but I don’t think the GOP has to do much for Trump at least to get their vote. They’ve noticed the unhinged lunacy of the left; Trump may be boorish at times, but you have to hand it to him – he’s got a plan and he’s executing it to Americans’ benefit. As long as they’re paying attention, they won’t be able to miss this.

Maybe these #WalkAway folks are like me and are just…

# Tired Of Listening To All The Bitchin’!!!!!

I have a very close friend that I’ve known forever…we grew up together, she’s like a sister to me…I would take a bullet for her without a moment of hesitation!
BUT…I almost can’t stand talking to her anymore…all she does is piss and moan and rant about…Trump, Trump, Trump!!!!

Steering the conversation away from Trump is like navigating through a minefield…one false step…BOOM, Trump Rant!!

Me: Hey, your tomato plants look good this year…

Her: Well, they’d look even better if I could afford more water! If Trump hadn’t given all our tax money to the big corporations, I’d…

Me: Ah…How’s your son doing?

All you need to know about the Democratic party these days is to look at how they treat any who are “supposed” to be members saying anything positive about Trump.

I just see so much hate, while I don’t see what they are doing for anyone. Sure they promise “free stuff”, most of which they can’t deliver, or if they do pass some of it, it’s untenable, it’s unsustainable, or it costs so much more “than expected”. They never see a tax they don’t like, and want to add more to. Every single time. Government is always their answer, while using government resources to bribe voters to vote for them.

I wonder, as an aside, how that woman did with Obama paying for her house…

They are all for the children, yet don’t care for the youngest as it’s “keep your hands off my body”, so abortion today is now some badge of honor.

I saw this movement at least a month ago. I saw a good number of disgusted Bernie Bots, who now saw what the party does for their favored. The leaked emails from the DNC opened some eyes. The open borders is something that also has them puzzled (the walkaways).

I don’t see a mass exodus toward the GOP, and frankly if there were a viable option, I’d walkaway from the GOP, but there aren’t really options that are viable. It’s what is keeping some who are disgusted with the D’s, yet don’t see an alternate that isn’t GOP.

I see this movement as possibly decreasing turnout for elections. Some as a means of screaming in the dark for attention. Like GOP members have been doing with elections where McCain and Romney were featured. Hard to get excited about that.

This is also affecting people in less declarative means, where they aren’t saying anything but just not showing up. That is enough.

The walk aways can change the democrat party by becoming independents or libertarian and not financially supporting democrat candidates and it will easier now that SCOTUS ruled unions can not demand dues. When the cash dries up they will change their radical tune to “common sense” policies they claim to have but are anything but.

This is very hopeful! However, it is not enough to #WalkAway from the hate, lies, and idolatry of the “father of lies”. One needs to walk toward the Creator of the Universe, the Great I Am, the Eternal, the Good, the Beautiful, and the True, the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, the Savior.

Or one becomes like the man of Matthew 12:34-35.

The fifth stage of loss?

TeacherinTejas | July 1, 2018 at 11:10 am

Ok I just have to say this. Wow that’s the first time in my lifeI got excited by a gay man! (Sorry I just had to go there 🙂 )

“It’s important to note that most of those who #WalkAway are not embracing the GOP or even considering themselves conservatives or of the right; they are just walking away for (sic) the left and the Democratic Party.”

They may be abandoning the party, for so long as it embraces methods (but not necessarily the platform) of extremism, but this is not the same thing as abandoning leftism.

The bright side is that if more lefties actually start to embrace things like free speech, they may later find themselves exposed to convincing arguments that will cause them to abandon leftism. But right now, this movement isn’t about turning towards conservatism, it’s about turning towards rational thought and away from “feelings” (like “rage”), and that’s a start.

I “walked away” in the 1980s. Then it was liberal friends saying that they were glad President Reagan was shot and this was fortified by the democrat party being demonstrably wrong on policy issues around the cold war and the “nuclear Freeze”.

kenoshamarge | July 1, 2018 at 1:47 pm

I walked away from the Democrat Party years ago. But that didn’t make me a Republican. I am an Independent. I believe in the Constitution. I believe in small government. I believe in state’s rights. Sadly, while many/most Republicans claim to be for all those things that isn’t the way they vote most of the time.

Fiscal conservatism is a sad joke. Talked of by most and acted on by few.

As for not daring to speak out without being pummeled – try not supporting Trump in some places. Try just being someone who calls balls and strikes. The right has no bragging rights about treating dissenters with civility.

DavidDennis | July 1, 2018 at 2:30 pm

I’m impressed by the fellow who started this. He seems to have pretty good video production chops. I’d like to encourage him to kickstart his acting career by producing a film on this issue. Make it not too preachy, with a realistic plot and mean SJW villains he manages to defeat, and we have a pretty interesting and timely plot. A movie like that doesn’t take much money to make, it just takes talent and heart. Go for it!

karl_lembke | July 1, 2018 at 5:39 pm

#WalkAway, me boy, #WalkAway me boy, and by morning you’ll be free…

Just follow the drinking gourd…

This movement will really pick up steam once the true liberals realize that the end result of non-white immigration will be to end most liberal ideals. Most of the anti-gay Propositions that passed in CA did so because of non-white votes, for example. Few outside of the White West have liberal values, and the liberals’ own education & indoctrination system tells non-whites that they shouldn’t adapt to American culture.

The saying that we used in the 70’s was that “a conservative is a liberal that has been mugged.” The dems want to focus and keep the discussions on hot-button issues, but when I saw Ohio go red, I knew that the working classes finally woke up. They realized that their unions which supported the dems were no longer working in their own best interests. As mentioned here, it is hard to support a party which cares more about whether an illegal foreigner has a job and health care than a person who has lived here all their life and comes from the generation who built this country. The dems took these people for granted and have put all their energy into trying to get future dems to come here in the form of open borders

The reason most often advanced to date for continuing to vote for the candidate of one of the two major parties has been that breaking from “your party” will automatically allow the other party to prevail. However, that argument only works when one party’s members leave in substantial numbers.

I believe that, until now, conservatives have remained in the Republican party largely for that reason: The alternative to a Republican victory simply could not be risked. The first thing that struck me when reading this post was that the success of #walkaway would change that calculus.

We live in interesting times.

I was listening to the Rush Limbaugh Show the other day (Todd Herman was guest hosting) when a gay #WalkAway man called in. He said he had been so disgusted by the hatred coming from the left that he had to move to the right. Todd asked him how many people on the right had been unkind to him about being gay, and he said “exactly zero.” He said that all he had met with was friendliness and people welcoming him to join the MAGA movement. He said he is now solidly on the right after so many years of believing the lies coming from the left about how much the right hates him. He sounded joyful and relieved. We need this kind of messaging.

Now as their ranks thin out, the ones still stuck on stupid have only one choice: get louder and stupider.

Mike-in-Maine | July 3, 2018 at 4:27 pm

Wow!, Just found this one…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZsg–QVL34

(Quoting):
#WalkAway – The Political Transformation of Ronald Reagan
“In honor of the #WalkAway movement, we should take a moment to examine the personal and political transformation of Ronald Reagan—a liberal FDR Democrat who, by 1960, had made his own decision to #WalkAway and leave the Democratic Party for good. As we know, Reagan went on to become one of the key catalysts in the rebirth of the GOP, embodying the definition of a True Conservative, reshaping the political landscape of the United States, and being recognized as one of the biggest factors in the defeat of Soviet Union.

When you decide to #WalkAway from the Democratic Party, you don’t walk away from politics, but embrace the reality of the world we live in and choose to see the truths woven into the fabric that shaped our nation and set us apart from all who came before.

Make a difference in America today. #WalkAway and, like President Reagan before you, make a difference in a way you never could have before.”

Thank God #WalkAway has been made, so many have been drinking the Kool-Aid, I thought America was going to die. Take the Red pill, find out why its called the RIGHT.

We need to avoid another ‘neocon’ debacle. The last infiltration nearly cost us our party.

So welcome to the right side but under no circumstances do we want or need your advice or opinion on anything. Certainly not any leadership. Which I am absolutely dead certain some of you will volunteer. Thanks but no thanks.

When you have twenty years of sensible voting under your belt we can talk again.

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