Not long ago, a gay man named Brandon Straka posted a video on Facebook outlining the reasons that he was leaving the Democratic Party behind. Despite (or possibly because of) the fact that a gay hairdresser from New York City is an unlikely mouthpiece for Trump-era conservatism, Straka’s video quickly racked up millions of views and started a movement on social media. Called the #WalkAway movement, it has gathered hundreds of thousands of followers, many of whom have had it up to here with the anti-American, anti-tradition, anti-intellectual nonsense that has BECOME the modern Democratic Party.
“Once upon a time, I was a liberal,” Straka says in his video. “Well, to be honest, less than a year ago, I was still a liberal.”
What changed, Straka explains, is that he became aware of how little respect the modern Democratic Party had for the very values it used to claim to stand for.
“I reject a system which allows an ambitious, misinformed, and dogmatic mob to suppress free speech, create false narratives, and apathetically steamroll over the truth,” he says. “I reject hate. These are the reasons why I became a liberal. And these are the same reasons why I am now walking away.”
In Straka’s video, the responses, and the movement itself, one can see that the left’s fringe problems that began on college campuses and grew to represent the very foundation of the Democratic Party itself are now coming home to roost.
The first defectors – or at least the first people to sound the alarm that there was a problem – were people like Sam Harris and Bill Maher. No one would accuse either of those gentlemen, even now, of being “right wing.” Both of them criticize Trump, Republicans, and basic conservative ideals constantly. But they are no less vicious when it comes to pinpointing the absurdities of the left that the Democratic Party appears helpless to resist. The badly misguided embrace of Islam and Islamism. The absolute refusal to admit that unrestrained illegal immigration can only result in disaster. The fascist use of violent protests to stop conservatives (and even liberals who aren’t quite extreme ENOUGH) from speaking on university grounds. These are extremely worrying roots of venom eating the Democratic Party alive these days, and very, very few Democrats are willing to speak out against them. In fact, most either steadfastly ignore them or worse, actively embrace them.
No one who actually believes in classical liberal ideas like freedom of speech, enlightened education, and healthy debate can embrace these insanities. And yet, for many Democrats, it’s more important to “win” than to hold true to anything resembling a coherent ideology. As such, within the same party you have people who will gladly go to war with Christians over LGBT rights while simultaneously telling you that Islam – a FAR more restrictive and deadly religion with regards to homosexuality – is beyond criticism.
These young men and women, all of whom have identified as liberal for most of their lives, are opening up the basement of the Democratic Party and finding the rot that dwells underneath the nice, shiny exterior. At a time when Democrats like Barack Obama are predicting a resurgence of liberalism in the coming years, we could instead be on the verge of seeing this party and its infected ideologies destroyed forever.
Or, if not destroyed, crippled to the point of irrelevancy.
We’ll take that.