Walking Away by the Unsilent Minority
I am NOT a Victim, I reject HATE, I am WALKING AWAY
EDITOR NOTE: The #WalkAway movement, started on May 26th by Brandon Straka, who asked “Could a gay hairdresser from New York City set off a mass exodus from the Democratic Party?” Well, it sure looks that way. The below testimonies are from the last couple hours alone but there are hundreds more that mimic these same views of disappointment in the principles of the liberal / democratic party. Names and identifying information have been removed to protect the original authors of these separate posts.
I am a recent #Walkaway member, in both this group and in life. I am 56 years old, gay, and have been with my partner for almost 20 years. We have been legally married since 2005. I am also Canadian and I hope that’s okay with everyone. I lived in the States for many years and my first partner and I lived in Portland, Oregon, one of the most liberal cities in America. My partner passed away and I took care of him 24/7 until he drew his last breath. I have maintained several friendships there since moving back to Canada and now live in British Columbia which is Canada’s most liberal province.
I come from a tiny village in Nova Scotia originally and lived in small towns most of my life. I grew up in the 60s and 70s. Back then the lines between conservative and liberal ideology were very clear. Then, conservatism was much more like the stereotype that’s still being falsely perpetuated by the Left today. I was in the Army when I started to realize I was gay and in those days it meant immediate dishonorable discharge if found out. When I finished my 4 year term I went to Portland to come out as I was ashamed of who I was. I was welcomed into the liberal world with open arms. Since that time I have been through hell and back losing two partners to illness and becoming ill myself. In all that time I felt safe knowing I had a community to support me. Little did I know then that there was a price to be paid for that liberal support.
Over the years I was led to believe that my life would be a wreck without the help of the Liberal establishment. You see, we may live in different countries but there’s very little difference between American liberals and Canadian liberals. The only difference is in the manner in which they present themselves publicly. In Canada it’s a quieter but every bit as dangerous problem.
Anyway, I have always been more drawn to American culture and politics than my own and at 40 I went back to college and got my degree in journalism with a minor in political science. I had this dream of being a reporter like Walter Cronkite or Edward R Murrow. It was in university that I started to see a different side to being a liberal side. A more sinister and radical side which really made me uncomfortable. But I wrote it off as just being an exclusive experience in school.
In 2008 I wanted Hillary Clinton to become president. I couldn’t stand Barack Obama and that was where my first taste of the dirty underbelly of liberalism came. It was my first experience in being called a racist. I was on many American political sites and couldn’t believe the nasty venomous vitriol being thrown at me by other supposed liberals. The whole idea of falling in line with identity politics was new to me. But, like a good little liberal I stopped canvassing on the phone for Hillary, put my tail between my legs and shut my mouth.
Between that election and 2016 I started to notice how radically different it was to be a modern day liberal. But still, like a good little liberal plantation minority I fell in line and bit my lip whenever I’d hear some crazy statement from some liberal activist or politician. Or worse, a Hollywood celebrity. Then 2016 came and the world turned upside down. As a political junkie I have followed everything to do with the election and both candidates. My eyes were opened during that time. Liberalism died for me over the past 2 years.
Never in all my 56 years on this earth have I seen so much hatred thrown from one side against the other. The Democrats chased me into the arms of conservatism, and in particular, Donald Trump. And in this I discovered that not only was today’s liberalism not what it once was but that neither was conservatism. The election of Donald Trump changed the face of the Republican Party. He made it his party and not the party of the dottering old white guy party. Suddenly people from every corner of society were jumping on the train. Black, Hispanic, gay, Muslim. Everyone was welcomed with open arms. I was shocked and more than pleasantly surprised.
Now when I look around, I am ashamed I ever called myself a liberal. I couldn’t even have a rational conversation with friends without them yelling at me or calling me names. How dare I, a gay man, support such a homophobe and racist?? And the fact that I have made sure to read the transcripts and/or watched every speech he’s ever given made no difference to them. Even though all they had as a weapon were edited snippets or salacious headlines ripped from CNN or MSNBC. I was officially done.
Now, to be sure, there are times that I squirm a little by some things that Trump has said. But I can say that about most politicians. I have always been more interested in what someone does and not what they say and I think that’s the big difference here. Liberals seems to only focus on his word and totally ignore his deeds. But I’d rather someone be themself and have flaws than to be slick and smooth and untrustworthy.
In closing I would like to say that I wish nothing but peace and prosperity for America and all Americans. I truly do believe it can and will be achieved by this president who, regardless of any flaws, obviously loves his country and her people. He really seems to be putting the people ahead of party dogma. He doesn’t care about “that’s not how we do things!”. The government is not the answer to all life’s problems. That is up to us to solve. On our own. Not government handouts from cradle to grave in order to buy votes from minorities and the poor.
Free at last. Thank God Almighty I’m free at last!
My awakening started in January of 2016. Lifetime democrat but just numb and not really political. Watched MSM all the time and believed them. Then there was the takeover of the malheur refuge in Oregon. I still really didn’t pay attention until a rancher was murdered by the government. I started paying attention and researched. Watching livestreams, and seeing MSM lie about what was happening. I then discovered how the Obama administration was attacking ranchers, putting them in prison because they wanted their land. The abuse of the American people by democrats was the last straw! The lies, abuse and hate the left spews is unreal! I walked away, changed my vote to republican because of the hateful left. Watching the attacks on the patriot prayer group in Portland makes me sick! So glad this group started. Hearing those stories lets me know I made the right decision.
I’m the daughter of two Mexican immigrants. My mother came here legally, but my father did not. However, he did not lallygag around and waste time. I remember when he was telling me that there would be a possibility of him being deported when Obama was president, but fortunately, he became a US citizen this year!
But why did I #walkaway ? Well, I was raised in Oregon, and started learning about politics in my private middle school. I remember that we were encouraged to write about America’s problems and that I was brainwashed to think that America was some unfair country. When I started high school, more and more people started hating America because it was the cool and hip thing to do. Then I thought to myself, “why do I hate America?” And I couldn’t find a reason to hate it. This country brought so many opportunities to my family and I. As more people started disliking this country and its Republicans/conservatives, I started liking it more and more. I noticed how democrats are often hypocritical and don’t actually care about my people. They just want to seem like they’re doing the “right” thing. They only care when I tell them that I’m a female minority, but lose interest as soon as they see my skin color, they learn that I’m not a feminist, they learn that I’m conservative, and that I just don’t want to sit around and complain about this country’s problems. I want to actually fix them. I want more young people to be aware of these things. I don’t want democrats or liberals to think that I’m another mindless crony to brainwash. I’m a young Latina that can think for herself. That’s why I chose to #walkaway . Thanks for reading.
Today is the day that I #Walkaway. I’ve been a lifelong liberal. I’ve always believed in doing the most good for the most people. I’ve lived a life of service to my community. I take to heart JFK’s words when he said he “cares about the welfare of the people, their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights and their civil liberties” – words that I still believe in. I was a Clinton supporter and voted for Obama – I even attended his election night rally in Chicago in 2008. I had hope for the future. However, since then, what I’ve witnessed is a Democratic party that has completely abandoned what I thought they stood for (or maybe my eyes have been opened). I’ve watched as the Left has embraced hatred, violence, and complete intolerance of anyone with opposing view points. I watch as they attempt to limit our freedom of speech, when colleges cancel events or force various speakers such as Ben Shapiro to small areas off campus to limit attendees or how protesters show up to these events and turn violent because they were “triggered”. I see these people try to limit our freedoms in the name of “inclusion” and to give everyone safe spaces – which is ironic that they want safe spaces yet have become so violent. I watch as Democrats become more and more radical and are advocating socialism. I watch as they call for open, public harrassment of officials from the other side, and basically anyone that doesn’t think like them. They call people racist, bigoted, “whatever” phobic if they dare say anything in opposition. I knew this was coming for me during our last local election when I voted Democratic in the local primaries. The whole time I had a knot in my stomach. Well, now I have had enough and today I #Walkaway.
I was raised on the Democratic Plantation of Brooklyn, NY. I was indoctrinated with the Democratic agenda from a youth with questionnaires on which political party I belong to. I vividly remember my teacher telling an 8 year old me “You’re Puerto Rican, so you’re a Democrat.” and I believed it without question. I voted for John Kerry and Barack Obama twice, I was doing my duty as a Democrat. In 2016 still being a good Democrat I heard all the “hateful rhetoric” Donald Trump was saying and was outraged. So I researched and searched and searched some more. And I couldn’t find anything hateful, What I found all his “rhetoric” was based on fact. The biggest eye opener for me was the “rapist are coming across the border.” When I researched it and the staggeringly high percentage women are being raped coming in was shocking. I tried to spread the truth, but I was vilified and demonized by close friends and family for it. They chose to remain blind so I decided to #WalkAway. If they don’t get it I can’t spend my life explaining it. Not when I’m trying to do my part in helping President Trump
I walked away during the ‘88 election. I had migrated from the South to South Central Los Angeles after high school. My eyes were opened to how the Democrat Party needed Blacks to be a permanent underclass. How they allowed the chaos and murder to happen there so they could push government programs that would never work but allowed for more redistribution of wealth. As I grew older and went more places and read more books I discovered that the Democrats had always been the enemy of the Black man and had tricked us into thinking it was Republicans that had been against us. That they are socialists and only want to amass power. Please stop voting for the evil that is the Democrat Party.
I come from a small little town in Maine. I came across this group by seeing it on Tucker Carlson’s show on Fox last night. I used to be a Democrat and last year I moved so when I registered to vote in my new town I registered as a Republican. I voted for Trump but feel I cannot share my opinions. The only person that knows I voted for Trump besides all of you now is my husband. I fear if people know I voted for Trump I’ll be attacked and called all sorts of things that I am not. Democrats are seriously going crazy and it’s actually scary to watch.
The Democrats are doing so much to divide this country so much.
I know that racism will never go away but I feel that since the Democratic Party started going crazy it has gotten so much worse than I’ve ever seen it.
I don’t have an inspirational story but I figured this would be a place I could come out as a Trump supporter and not be attacked by everyone.
I’m probably one of the older members here and grew up in the 70’s and 80’s in a town 30 miles outside Detroit. We had a diverse population and very few racial problems. I felt optimistic about this issue until Barack Obama came along. He divided us with his support of BLM and disdain for middle America. He never missed an opportunity to pit race against race and religion against religion. And now we have people like Maxine Waters doing the same thing. I feel like all the work so many of us did a few decades ago is slipping away. It’s so discouraging. I can only pray common sense and loving hearts will take back the narrative of this country.
I’m a black male American (not a African American, I’ve never been to Africa and don’t know much about it. The only thing African about me is my ancestry) and I love my country. Most of my family has been military so I respect our flag. I supported Obama in the beginning (but I didn’t vote for him) but it didn’t take long for me to see that he wasn’t like us and didn’t have our best interest in mind. I’m a truck driver in the oilfield in XXX so I listen to conservative talk radio all day (Rush is my favorite, I heard he was racist, go figure) and I’ve learned more about our government and politics than I ever learned in high school and college. I get a lot of backlash on my regular Facebook page because of my political views and because I’m a unashamed black Trump supporter, but I don’t back down. The Democrats are contradictory, hypocritical, illogical, and just plain crazy now days. And they don’t represent what I stand for. And all they have when I post fact and truths that they can look up for themselves all they do is respond with ridicule and name calling like a bunch of children. I’m a libertarian leaning independent conservative now and proud of our president and the job that he’s doing and the way that he fights back and don’t give in to all the idiotic rhetoric that they throw at him every day. I’m happy to have found a platform of like minded people who understands what we are dealing with in this country. And it wasn’t hard at all for me to walk away from the forced group think and loony behavior of the Democratic party.
I was also a life long democrat due to my father being a police officer and belonging to the FOP( it’s the union for cops). I voted for Obama twice! I truly wanted hope like he promised. I was really fed up with the state of our country after his second term and felt let down.
At first, I had no idea who I was gong to vote for when it came down to Clinton and Trump but the more I listened to Trump, the more it felt like he was truly invested in America. I heard and saw his passion with every speech and debate. A month before the election, I for the first time in my life changed parties. I become a Republican! And I will tell you, never felt prouder.
Even though I’m white, I did walk way. I have liberal views and conservative views. But I feel with the Republican Party they have become the more tolerant. The Democratic Party is in a identity crisis. I couldn’t imagine becoming associated with them at this point.
I walked away 14 years ago. I was raised by liberal parents, and of course as a teenager you go along with whatever is cool and being a liberal was really cool. I was punk rock. Especially in 1990 when you’re 18 years old the world is your oyster and you’re into the Rock scene living the hay day of your life…you vote liberal. In my 20s I voted for Bill Clinton twice. I thought it was really cool that he smoked weed at the time since I never missed a day of smoking myself.
When I was a hard left liberal at 22 years old I became Inconveniently pregnant by my live in boyfriend, also a liberal. Of course I was not about to let that get in my way of my partying. So I aborted. I mean it was just a mass of cells at 6 weeks, right? It took over 25 years to forgive myself. I did so this past May 20, 2018..
Shortly after my abortion 9/11 occurred. That was the beginning of the question phase of my liberal brain. Fast forward to my almost dying of liver failure, learning American and British history, meeting a man who was conservative who never once told me what I should believe. He only asked why I believed the way I did on certain topics. I didn’t know. I had no idea-other than emotion-why I felt the way I did.
I started to research history more. I got a couple of degrees and learned more about what the founders really wanted for this nation! I learned about my rights, specifically my second amendment rights, which defend my first amendment rights. I learned that there were white slaves and learned that there were also black slave holders! I learned that George Washington’s best friend was a black double agent and without him we would have never won the American Revolution… I became enraged at the teachers who never taught me history. I was never taught as a child the black history of America which proves SO much more beautiful than what the Liberals would have you think!!!
I NOW HAVE MORE BLACK CONSERVATIVE FRIENDS I LOST COUNT! More of the liberals no longer like the groupthink and they realize the damage it’s actually causing. The Democratic party of today is not what our grandfathers were a part of …it is not what those Democrats of World War II were necessarily about we are not socialists we are an American Republic and we are meant to come together and heal. Who knows? What I DO KNOW is the day I #walkedaway I took responsibility for ME. And for my adored sisters and brothers in America. I love you! Don’t be afraid. It’s worth losing friends and family who don’t love you unconditionally. I love you unconditionally and am so proud I found you here.
I have been raised a democrat my whole life. My entire family is. I was always told that Republicans only care about rich people so I just followed suit. I voted for Kerry and Obama twice. I was a Bernie supporter when the 2016 campaigns started. Then once it came down to Hillary and Trump I really started to pay attention, I listened to what they were saying not just what the news said they were saying and I woke up! I started doing my own research and really digging in, I discovered people like Ben Shapiro who had nothing but facts and statistics going back generations on the left. I realized I had been fooled my whole life. Voted Trump 2016 and have caught nothing but anger from family members, even being told that Trump supporters like me are brainwashed and following a cult. I #walkedaway and will never go back!
I never really followed politics much, just couldn’t stand all the negativity and hate it brought out! I USE to be a Democrat because I had always thought Republicans were more for the rich. All that changed in 2014 when my daughter was diagnosed with Medulloblastoma, a cancerous brain tumor. After 2 brain surgeries, 55 weeks of chemo, 7 weeks of radiation, thank God she has been cancer free for almost 3 years. I’ve been watching the immigration debate and seeing how the democrats seem to be using it as a tool. I asked a legitimate question on a link. If you care about kids, you must care about ALL kids! Kids with cancer, in dire need of more awareness and funding, our homeless children in America, kids in foster care, kids in abuse situations, I could go on and on! I didn’t see ONE media outlet cover the march in September for childhood cancer awareness, I don’t see marches in the homeless camps all over our country, why? Boy was I attacked! I heard, your comment is irrelevant, ummm….no, it’s a legitimate question! Where’s the outrage over these issues? By the way Trump signed the Star Act for childhood cancer yet no mention of it? What got me was people on CNN’s page were calling the kids present at the signing pawns! After the work they put in, some still going through treatment, they called them pawns?!? I suppose Hyundai Hope on Wheels is a pawn to them too? 🙄 Doesn’t fit the agenda for them I guess! I’m proud to see this movement taking off so quick. It’s so refreshing to see people pass no judgment, no attacks, just sharing and being accepted, loved and welcomed! Thanks for accepting me!
I wasn’t aware I was a little liberal. I’ve always been adamantly pro-life, which is very important to me. For this reason I identified early on in my adult life as a conservative. At the time, that meant Republican in my eyes. I voted faithfully Republican with little understanding of politics in general.
Around 2008, I was struggling financially. I remember saying to a friend how nice it would be if everyone could just have what they needed, and provide what they could. I didn’t see a problem with that logic at all. That friend told me that what I was talking about was basically communism and is a slippery slope to start on. I then researched gov’t types, and determined that, no, I don’t want communism. I felt silly for even thinking it could work. That, right there, was the beginning of my true walking away from my hidden liberalism.
Before 2009, I was in favor of gun control (having had no experience with the scary weapons before this time), increased welfare state, and believed more laws would better our society. I have since learned to appreciate the 2nd amendment and know how to properly handle and respect these tools of self sufficiency, survival, and defense. I’ve since spent time getting to know what life is like on welfare and how ridiculously difficult it is to get away from it (though I’m no longer on any form of welfare). I’ve since realized that the only way to true freedom is through minimal gov’t involvement. I’m in favor of a limited gov’t.
As of right now, I fully consider myself a conservative libertarian. I feel that I have a much better grasp on the world around me. I can see that, in many ways I truly was a liberal parading around as a Republican based solely on my strong pro-life stance.
I am no longer liberal. I am no longer Republican (though my votes will go to the Republican candidate if the libertarian candidate isn’t up to par). I am who I am. I believe what I believe. And I won’t be bullied into feeling guilty for being a white, Christian, conservative woman by any of the vileness that is ready to be flung at me by the party of hate.
This is not easy for me to share on such a public stage, but I feel called to share my #walkaway story too, if anything to vent and get it out once and for all. This movement was so desperately needed.. Once upon a time I identified as a liberal, a leftist. I voted for and campaigned for Democrats because to me they were the ones who cared about the plight of ‘minorities’. I identified as GLBT and was in a relationship with a man for many years. While I have no problem what so ever with those who identify as gay, bi, whatever, I have found that I am much more happy with a woman (who cares, right?). My political grounding shook the moment I started fielding nasty messages and judgements from gay people simply for being “straight”. They ridiculed me and unfriended me, and were otherwise just ugly. I genuinely didn’t know why, I mean weren’t these people the poster children of tolerance? I lost a large group of friends over this and the icing on the cake was when I dared speak out on an issue here and there that didn’t line up with hard left orthodoxy. That was it for them, the vast majority dropped me like a bad habit since I no longer fit in their safe space. The more I was shunned the more I read the likes of Sowell, Friedman, Peterson, etc and the more light bulbs started going off in my head. So I guess it’s a good thing they acted so intolerant because they created intellect in me! I have seen first hand; as a leftist and now a conservative how ugly, ignorant and intolerant the left has become and it makes me smile to see the wave of all these people speaking out about an experience similar to mine. I have found a home on the right and contrary to what MSNBC or CNN will tell you, I have found that conservatives are by and large accepting, tolerant, and welcome diversity of thought and ideas. You see, when I debate another conservative we debate ideas, when I debate a leftist I shoulder personal attacks because they can’t win in the marketplace of ideas. Someone once told me to anger a conservative tell him a lie, to anger a liberal tell him the truth. Boy is that the truth! I worry about the leftward march of the democrats and modern day liberalism, not because I see what they are doing now, but more so because I know how they think. Believe me, I wouldn’t go back to that line of thinking ever again, it’s no way to live a happy life. Godspeed my fellow Patriots!
I’m not really sure where to start but I will try, I’ve been a Republican since I was able to vote I heard of this movement just 2 day’s prior to the administrator’s appearance on Tucker Carlson, this movement is by far the MOST powerful movement I have seen on social media! The courage for the administration to start it and the courage for all of you sharing your stories (some of which left me in tears as I felt your pain when talking about the harassment, bullying and loss of friends when you decided to Walk Away) and then I said to myself I was going to read EVERY Walk Away story that was posted and I will admit I’m getting behind because this movement is growing FAST!! I have also found myself with tears of happiness knowing that we are all Americans that want to live in a wonderful, strong and free country and you have given me hope♡ what you are doing can and probably will change the world and for that you have my heart, and my love and support for everyone of you will be FOREVER unwavering. Please keep doing what you are doing, we are all one no matter of race, sexual preference, religion WE ARE PROUD AMERICANS♡
Come see for yourself at Facebook group #WalkAway Campaign