Brandon Straka is starting a revolution. I don’t like to jump in the middle of identity politics, but it is somewhat relevant to tell you that he is a gay hairdresser from New York, and was a Democrat most of his life. However, he has had a great awakening, and as a result, he has launched the going viral #WalkAway campaign. Straka will tell you that “it’s so much more than JUST a hashtag.”
If you watch his viral video that launched the #WalkAway movement, you will learn that Straka is sick of the way that the left has run headlong into radicalism, embracing identity politics, oppression, censorship, name-calling, hatred, bigotry, fascism, etc. Straka was a Democrat because he believed the line that the Democrats are the party of unity, love, tolerance, inclusiveness, and compassion. These are the values that he holds dear, and therefore, he aligned with the party that everyone knows embodies those values.
However, he has since had an awakening that in fact, the left is the exact opposite of those values. Straka then learned that the right is actually a much better embodiment of these values, and once his blinders came off, he realized that the right would actually embrace a gay man like himself, despite what he had been told all these years. He is now evangelizing a message that speaks to everyday people like him who have been misled into believing the opposite of reality.
It has not been smooth sailing. In fact, he recently was refused service by an employee at a camera store in New York who accused him of being part of the Alt Right. Straka told the gay man that he would love the chance to sit with him and explain the truth of the #WalkAway movement to him, because he completely empathizes with how the man feels, but he was rebuffed. Still, Straka holds hope that this negative encounter can open new opportunities for him to spread his message of love and inclusiveness to the gay community. This is what his movement is about.
Straka is being accused of being a Russian bot by some on the left who feel threatened by the growing movement of Democrats who are finally waking up to the truth of the oppressive nature of their party. There are also those on the right who doubt the authenticity of the movement, believing that Straka and others who have joined his movement are Democrat plants to stir up dissension or somehow make fools of Conservatives. It should be noted that a new book out by Salena Zito and Brad Todd called “The Great Revolt” surveyed voters in the Rust Belt after the 2016 election and found that nearly one third of those who voted for Trump said that they had voted at least once for Obama. Clearly, the movement away from the left has been happening for some time now, and Straka seems only to be encapsulating the feelings in an appealing way. In fact, others have preceded him, just without as much of a viral effect. Dave Rubin and other members of what is being called the Intellectual Dark Web are known for their intellectual freedom and intellectual honesty in questioning the ingrained beliefs about both parties and seeking the truth instead. The IDW has, as Straka’s movement has, empowered many former leftists to reject the radical nature of the left in favor of more conservative or Libertarian principles.
The bottom line is the same: the Democrat party has jumped the shark and gone too far to the left, embracing a socialistic, divisive, fascistic ideology that says you are either with us, or you are the Enemy of all that is Good, and a fast-growing number of Democrats are well and truly done with that. They are realizing that the Republicans actually embrace freedom, liberty, tolerance, inclusiveness and unity, despite what the media narrative is. They simply believe in the rule of law, and in Natural Law, which includes the right to life, liberty, and property. These should be things that everyone can agree upon.
Image credit: Brandon Straka via The Unsilent Minority.