Walkaway movement: welcome
A new movement began last spring and gains more attention every week. Its name: Walkaway, or #Walkaway on Twitter. The movement has its own Web site and YouTube channel. (Though how long it can keep the latter, remains to see, after Google disallowed InfoWars.) By July it already saw 100,000 followers on Facebook. Even then, smug liberals doubted its strength. They should doubt it no more. For after the disgraceful affair of the Brett M. Kavanaugh nomination, the movement has now doubled its strength.
How the Walkaway movement began
Brandon Straka, a hairstylist working in New York City, started the Walkaway movement in May. He began with this video:
Essentially, Mr. Straka concluded that the Democratic Party, and the political Left in general, committed the same sins he thought he saw in conservative politics. Commenters on this first video agreed with him. Said one:
Because I’ve learned that the left has become unhinged. They riot for no reason, they act like they’ll help minorities, but only those who fit their narrative. Democrat voters are poor and feel victimized, Democrat politicians are rich. They just want the votes. I left because of Democrat politicians promoting violence…
The commenter specifically cited Representative Maxine Waters (D-Calif.). Anyone who has followed her career, knows that Maxine Waters might as well call herself a communist. More recently she has threatened supporters of President Donald J. Trump with violence and exhorted her audiences to do likewise. More recently she threatened the President and Vice-President with murder.
Laying that aside, recall the commenter saying:
They…act like they’ll help minorities, but only those who fit their narrative. Democrat voters are poor and feel victimized, Democrat politicians are rich.
That commenter speaks absolutely correctly. One need not review financial statements to know the truth of this comment. Instead, one need only observe how Democratic politicians live. Furthermore, no Democrat will lead by example, whether in charity with their own substance, or reducing their “carbon footprint.”
The Kavanaugh effect
To repeat, liberals disdained the Walkaway movement and doubted its strength. Yet one willingly embedded this tweet from one of President Trump’s sons:
Only in the alternative universe that the failing New York Times lives in, could this story not be titled:
“How the Left Gave Up on the 1st Amendment.”
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) July 1, 2018
And this one, even more telling:
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) June 30, 2018
To say nothing of this stark reminder of the history of the Democratic Party:
The Democratic Party is the party of slavery. The party of Jim Crow. The party of segregation. The party of the KKK.
— CJ Pearson (@thecjpearson) June 30, 2018
And still the Left doubted. Worse, they started to believe their own press. And in that belief they savaged a candidate for the Supreme Court in a way that appalled everyone. The culmination of this savage attack came in the gallery of the United States Senate. More than three times, women screamed almost incoherently as the clerk of the Senate took the vote. In a scene out of an overwrought motion picture, the Capitol police hauled them away. Their screams dwindled only with the distance the Capitol Police put between them and Senate chamber microphones.
At least one protester shouted, “Mob violence is necessary!” in apparent rebuttal to Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.). Indeed, the “Antifascist Action” or “Antifa” movement boasts of that sentiment.
This kind of show, from the slander of now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the threat of violence against all opponents, now has caused even more people to walk away. Brandon Straka summed this up in this interview with One America News:
How did the Democrats blow it?
Pundits had predicted that the Democrats would reclaim the House of Representatives and perhaps the Senate also. But they assumed that the Democrats would campaign as Bill Clinton campaigned for the Presidency in 1992. They did not. Instead they have doubled down on their declaration that all who disagree with them are beyond the pale. Hillary Clinton actually said: Democrats cannot be civil to Republicans.
But note what she actually says. “You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about.”
And: “When you’re dealing with an ideological party that is driven by the lust for power…funded by corporate interests…you can be civil but you can’t overcome what they intend to do unless you win elections.”
Zounds! Obviously she wants you to forget that everything she says applies to Republicans, in fact applies to Democrats! Indeed they apply to her more than any other Democrat. She set up the Clinton Foundation. She sold and marketed the powers of her office for monetary gain. And now she throws off on her opponents. Any psychologist would recognize at once what she is doing.
Small wonder, then, that the Walkaway movement began! Even less need one wonder why today its strength grows exponentially. Why would anyone, sincerely feeling for the less-well-off and less-well-connected, keep supporting a venal, grasping “politician seeking to escape punishment for [her] crimes”? (Apologies to Orson Welles.)
President Donald Trump distinguished himself crucially from past Republican Presidents and other Republican politicians. More so even than Ronald Reagan, Trump delivered results everyone, rich, middle-class, and poor alike, can appreciate. (Whether certain rich people do appreciate the results, one can still ask.)
Conservatives everywhere should follow his lead. That means welcoming people and accepting them, warts and all. It does not mean granting special privileges, of course. But it does mean showing people the basic respect due any human being. It also means not lying to them—because the real grievance Brandon Straka had against the Democrats, concerned their lies.
The Republican Party has always said it was about uniform equality of opportunity. It now has the chance to make good on that. President Trump shows them the way.
In contrast, the Democratic Party lately called for uniform equality of result. And they couldn’t, or wouldn’t, even deliver that. “Democrat voters are poor[;] Democrat politicians are rich.” Surely that speaks volumes.
Today we see people walking away from the Democrats. If Republicans don’t want them to “walkaway” from them, they must make good on their essential promise. Abraham Lincoln won election on that promise. Today Donald Trump shows the way to keep it.