Democrats are leaving their party more in sorrow than in anger, but leaving it they are, sickened by the Democratic Party’s hard left turn. Tens of thousands are telling their stories on the #walkaway movement’s public Facebook page. Their YouTube videos are a fascinating window into the innermost thoughts of kind, thoughtful people across America—all former Democrats.
My personal favorites are what I call “nice ladies driven away by Democrat hate.” During and after the election, many women stopped buying what the Dems are selling. They come from every generation, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, and region of America.
These women warm my heart because I have been waiting and hoping that ordinary Democratic voters would be revolted by their party’s embrace of vitriol and violence.
The Democratic Party and its followers have left me for many reasons, but here are a few examples:
The party and its followers have been showing illiberal tendencies for some time.
It has gone off the rails on immigration, free speech, identity politics and some other issues — a topic I’ll defer for another day.
I’m no Trump supporter, but I’ve been horrified and repulsed by the political and cultural left’s hatred, demonization and mistreatment of President Trump, his family, his administration officials and his voters, which is even worse (if that’s possible) than what the right did to President Obama.
If you are a woman, you face misogyny. Kate Godfrey, the centrist Labour candidate in Stafford, told the Times she had received death threats and pornographic hate mail after challenging her local left. -Nick Cohen, Why I’ve finally given up on the left
Ann McElhinney on Environmentalists
If you dare not to protest or boycott Trump, you are a traitor.
If you dare to question liberal stances or make an effort toward understanding why conservatives think the way they do, you are a traitor.
It can seem like liberals are actually against free speech if it fails to conform with the way they think. And I don’t want to be a part of that club anymore.
People of all ages and ethnicities are posting YouTube videos describing "red pill moments"—personal awakenings that have caused them to reject leftist narratives imbibed since childhood from friends, teachers, and the news and entertainment media.
Dave Rubin: Why I Left The Left
I’m a married gay man, so you might think that I appreciate the government forcing a Christian baker or photographer or florist to act against their religion in order to cater, photograph or decorate my wedding. But you’d be wrong.
A government that can force Christians to violate their conscience can force me to violate mine. If a baker won’t bake you a cake, find another baker; don’t demand that the state tell him what to do with his private business.
We rushed to cast everyone in one of three roles: victim, victimizer, or champion of the oppressed. We lived our lives in a constant state of outraged indignation.
I did not want to live that way anymore. I wanted to cultivate a disposition of gratitude. I wanted to see others, not as victims or victimizers, but as potential friends, as loved creations of God.
Progressives tolerating "no dissent whatsoever"...
In his YouTube Channel, Dissent Report, a young, one-time "Bernie Sanders supporting progressive Democrat" admits from behind large sunglasses that he's made "a pretty hard turn to the right."
He took the red pill after seeing friends "moving …towards an authoritarian sort of Progressivism."
He explains, "They were just standing up for a divisive brand of politics that would tolerate no dissent whatsoever."
Attacked and Ostracized...
The Democratic Party no longer fits their personalities, their values, or their self-image as loving, caring, tolerant human beings.
The coup de grace is when they realize they are not free in their liberal social circles to utter one word of doubt or criticism of the party line. If they do, they find themselves attacked and ostracized.
That is truly the end for them as Democrat voters.
Marxists are great psychological manipulators. It is their one great talent, and it is enough that it nearly makes up for all their other intellectual shortcomings, which are legion. Most folks are vulnerable, at some level.
And resisting psychological manipulation is not easy for most people. It's not enough to just say "don't be brainwashed."
One of the biggest reasons I left the social justice movement was its readiness to conduct witch hunts and put people on public trial.— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) September 12, 2017
My disillusionment with the left began slowly with simple disagreements about immigration and uncomfortable conversations where I found myself being labeled a racist despite not only no evidence of such but generally ludicrous logic behind the claims; one gay leftist even called me a white supremacist because the people I've dated in the past (a whopping four individuals) were all Caucasian.
"I got ejected from the left and a lot of people on [the] right embraced me, which was weird...and then even weirder was the discovery of all the other people who’d been ejected from the Left."
Liberal, Narrative, Oops, Education
Tammy Bruce: Yes, it was; it was shocking. For me it was quite life-changing in my sense of how I viewed the world and I was also, when it comes to my view of Christians, quite surprised by how happy they were.
I mean, I remember being on the left; no one is happy, trust me. They (are the) biggest group of miserable people you would ever want to meet.
Everything is wrong, everything is going bad, everyone is after you, everyone wants to get you, people are building camps.
Liberal, Character, Narrative, Oops
A recent study discovered that conservatives are overall happier and find a greater purpose in life than liberals, according to PsyPost. Researchers found that people who identified as conservatives were happier, more satisfied and have a greater purpose in life, according to a study published by Social Psychological and Personality Science on June 15...
“This is a small but robust relationship that was found in five data sets that include representative samples from 16 countries; some of the data were collected as early as the early 1980s, some were collected as recently as 2017,” Newman said to PsyPost.