The #walkaway Movement, America’s Salvation or Insignificant Fad?
Despite what has appeared to be a mustering of an ideological frenzy from Progressive Democrats, the support that they have garnered to their cause seems limited to a portion of Americans whose numbers seem to be growing smaller. Truth is, most Americans are really not ideologically motivated, they just want to get on with life and be left in peace.
Two things ALL voters (well, those of sane and rational temperment) want is safety for themselves (and their family) and enough money to pay their bills and put food in their bellies, in effect we are all products of the market economy.
Our market economy teaches us to work with people and to trust them. Other people are potential customers, suppliers, and business partners. Compromise, customer satisfaction, and benefiting all parties involved are common practices.
Politics on the other hand, is all about trying to focus people on things that create division, of heightening differences, of finding a way to damn the ‘opposition’ and paint them as ‘evil’ or at the very least, the ones causing your life to be difficult.
Success in politics comes from the art of division, of motivating your side to turn out on election day and demoralizing the opposition so that they barely dare to show their heads.
Today we have politicians like Maxine Waters telling people to attack Trump supporters anywhere they are found, we have business owners throwing Trump supporters out of their restaurants and shops.
This is in direct opposition to what creates success in business and society. To succeed in business you want the whole world to come to your door, and you want to expand your world so that everyone likes you and trusts you.
Currently in America, more and more people who are not ideologically motivated are being forced to go in one of two directions. If you are most influenced by the team culture of business and the market economy, where cooperation and working with everyone is most important, you aren’t being given much choice as to who to support.
And this forced choice-making is where the #Walkaway movement is coming from, people who have liberal and caring beliefs are being forced to accept the unacceptable by the current Democrat/Progressive narratives.
Below are some examples of those who have turned from the Democratic Party.
David Harris Jr. supports #walkaway
At some point, in each and every case, they were either confronted by or forced to confront a lie that was so obvious, so ignorant, that they had to question what it was they were being asked to believe. Or they were attacked, labeled or ostracized by people they felt close to for voicing an opinion. Whether a CNN report or a nonsensical rant by a politician like Nancy Pelosi, or an outright attack on them by a 'Progressive', the process that led them to the #walkaway decision began.
One young man's #walkaway story
For one party it seems, you aren't allowed to have a middle of the road, rational viewpoint on the border, you are either for open borders, the abolishment of ICE, and the acceptance of all ‘illegal aliens’ no matter what crimes they have been found in a court of law to have committed against others, or you are ‘the enemy’.
Or, as another example, you either see Trump as the embodiment of racist, sexist evil of the worst magnitude and want him Impeached immediately (or worse) or you are his supporter and must be silenced (or thrown out). One side of the political discourse in our country has no grey area anymore in their politics, you either support their every position, or you will be treated as ‘the enemy’.
And people of all types of race, sex, creed, orientation are being confronted with this all-or-nothing attitude. Creating #walkaway moments and mindsets.
Affecting All Generations
Where does the Democratic Party really stand?
What vision do they have for America?
What are they fighting for other than open borders and the removal of Trump?
Who will step forward and define the Party?
Until they define themselves as something more than the party that hates Trump and anyone that supports him, I expect to see the #walkaway trend continue, as more and more people reject what the Democratic Party, in all its forms, currently stands for.
© 2018 Ken Burgess