A few days ago I sat scrolling through Facebook—and a video appeared on my feed. In short (and you can watch the full video plus more here), the clip was about why he walked away from the liberal left he once belonged to.
In it, the man realizes that the Democrat Party has long “encouraged groupthink, hypocrisy, division, stereotyping, resentment, and the acceptance of victimhood mentality,” and that “all the while, they have discouraged minorities from having independent thought, open dialogue, measured and informed opinion, and a motivation to succeed.”
According to the American Left, if you’re pro-border enforcement, you’re a racist. If you’re pro-life, you’re anti-women. If you’re pro-gun, you’re an ignorant, backwoods gun-clinger. If you’re pro-traditional marriage, you’re a homophobic bigot. If you’re pro-law enforcement, you’re a white supremacist or an Uncle Tom. If you’re pro-Trump, you’re a Nazi. God help you in this country if you’re a white, straight, right-leaning male, because you’re the devil incarnate—you’re everything that’s wrong with society bundled up in one neat vanilla package.
The video goes through these things and more, calling on people to think independently and #WalkAway from the party that embodies everything they thought they stood against.
The video was stellar, but that’s not what I want you to focus on exclusively today. For now, I want to share one of the comments I received after posting it. She wrote that we often find ourselves hesitating to even click “like” on something like this for fear of the backlash it’ll bring to us personally—and yet this guy (in the video) went out there, stuck his face in front of a camera, and spoke truth.
Believe me, I’ve seen the backlash; a backlash that makes this guy’s point over and over and over again. The hate-filled, intolerant left has reached fever pitch, and I’m here to implore you all to do one thing:
Continue to speak truth.
Once many months ago, I expressed a frustration to Chris Salcedo—the conservative radio host whose show I’ve been graciously allowed to participate in for so many years.
The frustration was this: there was someone I was trying to get through to about a particularly explosive sociopolitical matter, and it seemed that after months of trying, I had made no progress. I wondered what I was doing—that is, if I couldn’t even get through to someone that I knew with the truth, what business did I have writing an article every week and coming on a radio show to talk?
Chris’ answer was simple. We’re here to speak the truth. Because if we don’t—who will?
That stuck with me.
And I thought about that this week as I watched that bold video, and saw the comment that someone left below it praising the man’s boldness.
It’s not our job to make sure the people we talk to about the truth—whether it’s political, religious, moral… walk away that first time completely convinced. We’re simply supposed to put the truth out there; to be a shining beacon of truth in a world that’s growing darker and darker with insidious lies.
That person who commented on the video brings up quite a point to ponder. We sit behind our computers, utterly paralyzed by the thought of social media/societal outburst if we dare express truth, or agreement with it. And yet as we celebrated our 242nd birthday as a country this year, think about what our Founders did by signing that Declaration of Independence. (Which, I must add, the Facebook algorithms have now declared “hate speech.”)
They spoke the truth, and they paid for it dearly. As Paul Harvey wrote back in 1974:
“Of the 56 signers of the Declaration, few were long to survive, 5 were captured by the British and tortured before they died, 12 had their homes – from Rhode Island to Charleston – sacked and looted, occupied by the enemy or burned. Two of them lost their sons in the Army; one had two sons captured. Nine of the 56 died in the War from its hardships or from its more merciful bullets.”
If our Founders could sign away their comfortable, stable lives by putting their names on that magnificent document, we can speak truth.
If thousands of men could face certain death by storming the Nazi-infested beaches at Normandy, we can speak truth.
If our soldiers could endure Bataan Death March, Hanoi, and other horrors of war, we can speak truth.
If my brother could bear fighting in the deserts of Iraq and coming home with injuries that will haunt him for the rest of his life, we can speak truth.
Don’t get me wrong: in a world ready to instantly label you a sexist, homophobic, racist, bigoted hater for simply holding a differing view it’s not easy to speak the truth. I’m certainly not diminishing the effects of public shaming our world has decided to embrace.
And don’t further get me wrong: holding a different opinion is one thing; but there are certain absolutes in this world; absolutes like how being a Christian doesn’t mean you hate homosexuals; how being pro-life doesn’t mean you hate women; how being pro-gun doesn’t mean you condone senseless violence; how being pro-border doesn’t mean you hate people who don’t look like you. Those are lies—and they need to be called out as such.
Look, the point is this. I want you to walk away from this with the same sage advice Chris gave me once: if we don’t speak truth, who will?
The left is calling on their people to stir up discord and violence. Let’s simply be brave enough to speak truth.
Mary Ramirez is a full-time writer, creator of www.afuturefree.com (a political commentary blog), and contributor to The Chris Salcedo Show. She can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org; or on Twitter: @AFutureFree