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THE POLITICAL EPIPHANY OF #WalkAway

Posted by Tim Bryce on July 19, 2018

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– The Democrats start to worry as their members #WalkAway .

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I recently discovered there is only one thing Democrats hate worse than Republicans, specifically Democrats who have become fed up with the party and decided to #WalkAway. This is a movement consisting of former liberal Democrats who have deserted their party as they feel betrayed and lied to. How big is the movement? Nobody knows for sure, it’s too soon to tell as it is still in its embryonic stage, but the fact it even exists speaks volumes about how some Democrats are changing. Basically, #WalkAway is a hashtag campaign where former Dems post videos explaining why they left the party.

The movement appears to have been started by Brandon Straka who, in May 2018, produced the first VIDEO explaining why he left the Democrats, which has since gone viral. Here is the group’s main WEB PAGE.

While the movement is certainly welcomed by Republicans, it has drawn the ire of Democrats. For example, after visiting a camera shop, Mr. Straka posted a message expressing the anger he faced; “I’m shaking right now. I just went into a camera store to buy a camera and a light and mic, etc. and they recognized me from tv. I was refused service because they said it was for ‘alt right’ purposes. That literally just happened.”

In addition to Brandon’s contribution, several videos have surfaced recently where former liberals express their rational for leaving the Democrats. Here is a small sampling:

Brandon Tatum – Democrats Hate Black People

Bree – Classic Liberal

Candidate Roxanne Beckford (CA)

There are many more available ON-LINE. Such videos though present a problem to Youtube! who appears to have liberal inclinations. As such, they have been closely monitoring the postings. In one, a woman told a story of how Eric Trump, the President’s son, made a generous donation to help her own son at a St. Jude hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. When she tweeted a message thanking him for his support, she was bombarded by several hate messages. So much so, she made a video explaining what happened along with her shock and disbelief by the reaction of the Democrats. I happened to watch the video in its entirety in the morning, but by the afternoon Youtube! had removed it claiming, “This video has been removed for violating YouTube’s policy on nudity or sexual content.” This is simply not true.

The Washington Post is skeptical about the popularity of the #WalkAway movement (naturally). Whether it is in the hundreds, thousands or millions is immaterial. The fact it exists at all reflects a growing dissatisfaction with the Democrats internally and compounds the party’s problems.

Minority groups, such as Hispanics, blacks, even gays, who are lawful citizens and believe in the rule of law are leaving. They claim to be tired of the violence, the nasty rhetoric, and the labeling of victimization, calling it a lie. Frankly, they are tired of being manipulated by fear, and the incessant programming. To illustrate, here are some typical comments found in #WalkAway:

Fluttergirl
@luckslastmatch
I decided to break down and say this. Violence is not what I signed up for. Seeing others attacked with bricks, bats, locks.. etc, for thinking “different”. I did my research I won’t be manipulated and lied to anymore. I’m not a victim because of my color or gender. #WalkAway

Dr. Carol M. Swain
@carolmswain
I left the Democratic Party because It no longer shared my values & principles. Its leaders used fear tactics to frighten & manipulate the electorate. It promised a lot & only delivered for the elites. It is now the party of Saul Alinsky. #WalkAway

CJ Pearson
@thecjpearson
Sorta wild that one party can simultaneously be the party of slavery, Jim Crow, segregation, and internment camps – all at once! The entire history of the Democratic Party is riddle with hate. If you’re a person of color and you think they care about us, think again!

Many of the writers and speakers have done their homework and are re-examining history and the merits of socialism versus capitalism. They have suddenly come to the realization of the untruthfulness of the main stream media, and the weaknesses of our education system which does a poor job in teaching government and history.

This may not be a massive movement, at least not yet, but it does suggest Democrats are growing dissatisfied with the message and tactics of the party. We began to see a movement away from the Democrats in the 2016 election. I personally met several people who transferred out simply because they felt like the party abandoned them. Now, with the #WalkAway program, it appears people have grown tired of the manipulation.

All of this means, the Democrats are on shaky ground going into the midterm elections. It’s bad enough the party is fighting internally for control, but if they now lose the bedrock foundation of their members, their story grows much worse other than losing in November. It may even mean the breakup of an old party that has either lost its way or was torn apart internally. Either way, the times are changing for the Democrats as we know them today. People are simply not buying it anymore.

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 40 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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3 Responses to “THE POLITICAL EPIPHANY OF #WalkAway”

  1. Tim Bryce said

    An R.B. of Dunedin, Florida wrote…

    “Another excellent article!”

    Like

  2. Tim Bryce said

    A W.H. of Boulder, Colorado wrote…

    “But … it doesn’t say “to where” they are walking. In other words, they may be walking away from the democratic party, but they are NOT necessarily flocking TO the republican party. And, if they walk away and simply don’t show up at the polls, that could be bad or good – depending on whether they believe one person or another might actually be better for the country (not the party) and decide to vote even though they walked away from the party itself. I kind of think this is almost a good thing – vote for the PERSON, not the party – a mantra that my dad instilled in me, but which seems to be all too rare these days.

    Also, it ALMOST sounds like the democratic party is forming its own “tea party” like the republicans – a minority sub-party within the main party – whose goal is to disrupt the main party in its attempt to force all party members to vote the party way – sometimes to the detriment of the country because they are voting against something, not for something. People who are, at heart, what they thought the democratic party stood for, but don’t want to call themselves democrats any more. Effectively, this would mean we’ve gone from a “two party” political system to a FOUR party political system – meaning, that the people in the parties will have to forge a coalition of groups in order to govern…much like the British system. The problem is, the Brits have the QUEEN to stabilize their government in the chaos of elections driven not by a constitutional schedule, but by a vote of “no confidence” in the government. Our president is PART OF our government and certainly will not have the tenure of the queen.

    Saying they are walking to “independent” status – well, speaking as someone who has been an independent all his life, that won’t help shape either party – although Colorado allowed independent voters the right to vote in a PRIMARY election for the first time this past month or so … not every state has that law on the books. We were allowed to vote in the primary, but we could only vote in ONE of the two primaries. If you voted in both, your vote was discarded (rightly so). The “fear” by both parties, which held up the change, was that independents “leaning” one way or the other would influence the opposition party by voting for the weakest candidate, thus giving their preferred candidate an edge in the actual election in November.

    I fear that we, as a society, are becoming more “crowd sourced” as these things go. Someone posts something on facebook or wherever, then the “crowd” determines whether it is true or not, whether it is right or not, whether the person is good or not, and it takes literally only MINUTES for these things to go viral. There was an episode on The Orville (a star-trek-like show on FOX, I think) where a planet used crowd-sourcing to determine the guilt/innocence of a person, to determine the punishment (up to death), and the voting statistics were publicly presented in real time – so you could watch the status – but apparently you could also vote more than once (reminds me of the old time Chicago mantra: vote early, vote often). Crowd sourcing has become a real danger to the rule of law – because the “crowd” decides what the facts are independent of what they really are, and the crowd decides whether someone is guilty or innocent.”

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  3. Tim Bryce said

    A B.T. of San Francisco, California wrote…

    “Excellent article on the #WalkAway movement, Tim!”

    Like

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