Rule Five Walk Away Friday

There have been a lot of pixels expended on the leftward swing of the Democratic party, as evidenced by the primary victory of Alexandria “She Geuevera” Ocasio-Cortez or the rise of that daffy old socialist from Vermont, Bernie Sanders.

Well, maybe – just maybe – a backlash has started, in the form of the “Walk Away” movement.  Excerpt:

White millennials are equally divided between supporting Republicans and Democrats in this year’s critical mid-term elections, as a campaign urging people to “Walk Away” from the Democratic Party has picked up steam online.

Young people do not like President Donald Trump, but whites between the ages of 18 and 34 said they are equally likely to vote for a Republican as for a Democrat in the elections for Congress this November. 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.

Young white men made the greatest shift toward the GOP. In 2016, nearly half of them (48 percent) said they would vote for a Democrat, while only 36 percent said they would vote Republican. This year, 46 percent said they would choose a Republican, while only 37 percent said they would vote Democrat — a 21 percent shift in favor of the GOP.

Here’s the real kicker:

However, there are signs that Republicans may win the 2018 mid-term elections as the anti-establishment underdog. How? By campaigning against the excessive Trump derangement syndrome across the media, Hollywood, and college campuses.

This is the premise of the “Walk Away” campaign. Brandon Straka, a gay man from Nebraska, identified himself as “The Unsilent Majority” and launched a campaign urging people to reject the Left — for the same reasons he became a liberal.

By all means, go watch Straka’s video.  You and I and any number of other people may disagree with him on any number of issues, but one suspects that the disagreement would be cordial and, at worst, end with a decision to agree to disagree.  I have in the past mentioned that one of my best friends is a deep-blue, East Coast urban progressive; Paul and I, by the estimations of many folks, shouldn’t even be able to speak to each other civilly, but we share more things that not and remain good friends despite – or, maybe, because of – many late-night political discussions over beers.  We disagree on many policy issues but find that no bar to friendship; there are many more things to life than politics.

Demonizing and demeaning people because of their political opinions certainly isn’t unique to the Left.  I’ve been called all manner of things by commenters identifying as conservatives due to my minarchist libertarian stances on issues like the War on Drugs and education.  But the Left seems to becoming more and more unhinged since, oh, November of 2016 (What was it that happened about then?) and it only looks to be getting more strident as we go into the first mid-terms of President Trump’s tenure.

So, yes, if you’re sick of the RHEEEE, walk away.  Just walk away.  There’s more to life than politics.