A New Movement Threatens Democrats in Mid-Term Elections – and Beyond.
That’s the simple slogan threatening to upend the much hoped for “blue wave” during the mid-term elections this year. A new campaign aimed at encouraging people to #WalkAway from the Democratic party is seeing online success as more people vow to vote Republican in the upcoming elections.
Perhaps most surprising is that millennials between the ages of 18-34 are leading the charge in this viral campaign.
There’s a general impression that younger generations are more liberal than older ones. We assume that a majority of millennials support abortion, same-sex marriage, socialism, and plastic straw bans. But if the #WalkAway movement is any indicator of where millennials stand, liberal and their pet policies should be very worried.
A new report shows that white millennials are divided in their support of Republicans and Democrats as the mid-term elections approach:
“A full 39 percent said that ‘if the election for U.S. Congress were held today,’ they would vote for the Republican in the district where they live. Another 39 percent said they would vote for the Democrat.This represented a nine-point shift away from Democrats since 2016. That year, only 33 percent of young white voters said they would elect a Republican to Congress, while 47 percent said they would choose a Democrat.”
The founder of the #WalkAway movement said that he is walking away from the Democratic party as an expression of his rejection of “racism, misogyny, ‘tyrannical group think,’ junk science, ‘hate,’ and ‘a system which allows an ambitious, misinformed, and dogmatic mob to suppress free speech, create false narratives, and apathetically steamroll over the truth.’” He further criticized the Democratic party as being “intolerant, inflexible, illogical, hateful, misguided, ill-informed, un-American, hypocritical, menacing, callous, ignorant, narrow-minded, and at times blatantly fascistic behavior and rhetoric.”
But it’s not just white millennials that are finding cause to leave the party that promised free health care, college tuition, and more. Further evidence suggests that African-Americans are beginning to cross the aisle and join the Republican party. A recent article explains:
“[T]he Democratic Party has become so dependent on the African-American vote that it cannot hope to win a national election without generating a level of enthusiasm in that community comparable to that which former President Obama enjoyed. Consequently, any Democrat with an IQ exceeding single digits should be terrified by the #WalkAway movement. Candace Owens, one of its most influential voices (ask Kanye West), constantly reminds her huge social media following that theDemocratic Party has used African-Americans to gain power and provided very little in return.”
Are we really about to see white millennials and African-Americans begin supporting Republican candidates? What are the implications for the 2018 mid-term elections?
Those are questions for people with far more insight to this issue that myself. But what I want to ponder is: is there any reason to #WalkAway?
I suppose it depends on your policy positions. But from where I sit, the liberal, Democratic party is one in which up is down and down is up, right is wrong and wrong is celebrated. When we quickly pass legislation to protect and defend swamps and turtles while simultaneously celebrate the murder of innocent unborn children, it’s a problem.
When we decide its appropriate to prosecute business owners for doing business according to their sincerely held convictions, something is wrong. Especially when a christian baker or photographer is driven out of business for doing business based on their convictions but liberal cake bakers and photographers can do the same thing with not so much as a warning.
When conservative voices are suppressed or silenced in the media and workplaces while liberal voices are elevated, it is disconcerting. When a conservative celebrity makes a derogatory statement and is harassed into obscurity and a liberal celebrity makes a similar statement and the wagons circle, we are in trouble.
When taxes are lowered in an effort to help out working class Americans and those tax cuts are opposed and mocked by liberals as “crumbs,” something is wrong. Maybe $1,000 is just a night on the town to the elites. To many of us it’s a welcome return of our hard-earned money.
There is a distinct lack of tolerance and civility on the part of many liberals and Democrats (not to mention Republicans). They have become the party of socialist group-think that refuses to even entertain the ideas of others. They scream for tolerance while displaying intolerance for anyone that disagrees with them. There is no freedom in this way of thinking.
Only time and history will tell if the #WalkAway movement impacts the political landscape. For me, I hope it does. I hope more people will choose tolerance and freedom.