An Open Letter To Those Who Walked Away

An open letter to any who recently joined #WalkAway:

 

First, I’d like to address those who have walked away from the left.

 

I’d like to welcome all of you.

 

You have made a very big, and scary first step toward intellectual, and political freedom.

 

Some have recognized the right as not being what you were told by your left-wing abusers.  Some have embraced the Right, others are remaining unencumbered by not choosing a new side.  Both are acceptable choices.  I encourage all of you to test the facts before you.

 

Test them with the intent of finding their flaws.  Test your old beliefs in the same way.  Go where the facts (based on context, actual history, and your personal experiences with each side) lead you.  Keep your mind as open as the left claimed to be, and as you’re just learning we on the right actually are.

 

Almost as if by programming, I’ve seen many former Democrats apologizing to others frequently.    As your minds are exposed to the warmth from your newfound friends, please know; you have no reason to apologize to me for the venom of your former party.  We are overjoyed you are opening your mind to the diversity and welcome you home to the truth. Remember, this movement isn’t about me and people like me.  This movement is about you and how you will change the future of our nation.

 

As a Christian, I can assure you, you are an answer to prayer.

 

As you are going through Cognitive Dissonance, remember to embrace it, explore it, use it to grow.  Find the Truth and follow where it leads.  If you can find a single tiny flaw with a theory or idea, that theory or idea must be re-evaluated and adjusted to account for actual facts.  The scientific method you learned about in school as a child is a good guide.

 

Next, it’s okay to disagree.  On the Right, we do not expect, nor do we demand uniformity of thought.  We are a movement of free thinkers.

 

Freedom is everything.

 

If you get any five of us together and ask our opinion on a topic, you are guaranteed a minimum of seven different answers.

 

Disagreement should not lead to conflict.  It’s an opportunity to sharpen your skills, test your known facts for flaws, and expose yourself to other ideas.  This should be encouraged, as long as you can remain friends in the end.  If you can’t break bread together afterward, you did it wrong.

Third, real diversity is found in the diversity of thought.  What you find in pop culture is the diversity of ethnicity and gender, while demanding a uniformity of thought.

 

This is exactly what you were choking on as a member of the left.  The demand of uniformity of thought is then enforced with a cult-like discipline which many of you have experienced by people you thought were your friends for the mere crime of thinking for yourself and exposing yourself to other viewpoints.  Ethnicity and gender are irrelevant when compared to character, ethics, integrity, and independent thought.  The diversity of thought is real diversity.  Without it, you have nothing.

 

Fourth, ask those of us on the right questions.  Explore what we believe and why.  We won’t be offended.  We’ve naturally developed thick skin from dealing with the militant left.  Variation of ideas and thoughts don’t offend us.  To offend me requires a lot of effort, and unless you are abusing children or animals, it’s nearly impossible to accomplish.

 

I know this is hard to recognize considering from where you’ve come, but you are safe with us.  We can disagree, and it’s okay.  It’s encouraged.

 

We on the right are happy you escaped your captivity.

 

There are no victims here, only free people.

 

Author: Michael DigmanMichael Digman, Author

Recently Retired Career Naval Officer, Michael Digman attended Annapolis and holds degrees in Mathematics, National Security & Strategic Studies, and in Strategic Analytics.  A devout married Evangelical Christian and a life-long conservative.  The #WalkAway movement has inspired him to express his gratitude and acceptance to those who have recently Walked Away.

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3 Responses

  • Michael, great first post for all #WalkAway ‘ers, thanks for sharing!! Very welcoming, well written and great points. One of my favorite:

    “Third, real diversity is found in the diversity of thought. What you find in pop culture is the diversity of ethnicity and gender, while demanding a uniformity of thought.”

    I SO love diversity…but real diversity, not the manufactured race/gender “diversity” on the left.

    I’ve had to excuse myself from enjoying some of my own hispanic cultural events, as much as I love my home culture like latin dance, because the events are so filled with people (white and hispanic) intolerant of views other than liberal. It’s disgusting actually, and it breaks my heart.

    But I have faith things will turn around and I’ll be able to one day enjoy my home culture here IN THE RIGHT CONTEXT. And enjoy it without putting down American values while propping up immigrants’ cultures and political ideas as superior.

    Looking forward to new posts, keep them coming!

  • Any recommended reading? I can admit that disagreement makes me uncomfortable. I recognize the flaw in that and I embrace the challenge of moving through those feelings of discomfort and into intellectual debate and healthy dialogue. If anyone can steer me toward literature or videos that have helped them engage more productively in discussions, I’m all ears! I experienced virulent condemnation from my Democrat friends when I asked questions regarding transgenderism, white privilege, feminism, vaccinations and other red pill rabbit holes.

    It’s much easier not to engage the topics than to endure the anger of my friends and to be treated like I’m morally inferior simply due to inquiry and open-mindedness. But it’s also extremely important that people who do see the flaw in the uniformity, rigidity and hysteria of the left DON’T go silent and shy away from the disagreements.

    I admire and appreciate Anarchists, Conservatives, Democrats and anyone without a label who is able to calmly and clearly discuss these topics that often trigger extremely emotional responses in people. Does anyone have recommendations for how to achieve more equanimity and confidence when engaging with those who disagree? To be more agile and unprovoked in the face of judgment and dismissiveness, so that I can be bolder and more effective in these conversations?

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