My name’s Vanessa and I’m a recovering Leftist.
Just a few days after Independence Day 2018 I stumbled onto a video by Brandon Straka, a former liberal, who delivered a powerful message that changed my life.
I decided to add my voice to his and create my own #WalkAway video:
To be honest, I never had any intention of making YouTube videos about politics. I’m just a girl trying to talk about mental health awareness and suicide prevention who was struggling to get my message heard.
But then I received so many words of support, it was overwhelming at times. What broke my heart was all the people who contacted me privately because they couldn’t “come out” as a conservative to their friends and family, or they feared they could be fired if anyone knew they’d voted for Trump.
It’s because of them that I decided to keep speaking up for free thought and expression. I even volunteered for the campaign for a little while and covered their recent March on DC before ultimately deciding to step away so I can focus more on my goal of becoming a seniors yoga instructor while encouraging more people like myself to find their voice as a Free Speech advocate.
It’s still insane to me that “free speech advocacy” is something we need in 2018. And even though I’m no longer a campaign volunteer, I’ll always be grateful to Brandon. It’s because of his video that I found myself stumbling onto a platform that I’m honored and privileged to accept.
But How Did This Happen??
Ever since the inauguration of Donald Trump I’ve grown increasingly disillusioned with what side I’m on. I’m not just disgusted with the people willing to commit violence, I’m even more disappointed with how many more on the left condone or even outright support this violent oppression of people with the “wrong” opinions.
I began to see how hypocritical people on the left could be, calling themselves “liberals” but advocating for suppression of speech and opinions that don’t fall in line with the majority.
My name’s Vanessa and I decided to publicly disavow the far-left in July 2018 and I still receive occasional threats of violence for doing so. They’re not going to silence me, I’ll keep speaking up until we all feel free to speak our minds and hearts.
I wish you luck and love on your own journey. Whichever way the wind blows you: left, right or center, I hope that you will think for yourself and stand up for others doing the same.
Before you go, here are some of the things that have helped me along the way:
- PragerU’s “Why I Left the Left” featuring Dave Rubin is a must-watch.
- Here’s Fox News debunking the lie that Trump made fun of a reporter specifically for his disability. That was a big one for me!
- That video highlights a growing issue with mainstream media’s growing liberal bias, something covered in this recent video from one of my favorite independent journalists, “Real Journalism is Over and CNN is Dancing on its Grave.”
- And just to make one final, overall point here is a really good one from my favorite YouTuber: “The New Fascism is Led by Those Who Claim to Oppose It.”