Like many of you, I was bullied growing up.  It wasn’t just because I was fat and had a combover (although that didn’t help).

It was because I was independent.  I didn’t need the popular kids who ran the cool groups to look out for me and protect me. I could make it on my own and didn’t need their protection.

This, brothers and sisters, is the single biggest difference between Democrats and Republicans and why so many former Democrats are embracing the #WalkAway movement.

Americans, at our core, are fiercely independent.  It’s in our blood.  The English tried to take away our guns and our independence and we shot them.

For years, Democrats, like those bullies, have convinced people to join their clique.  You NEED them.  They will PROTECT you.  They LOVE you and EMBRACE you.  They convince you to believe in identity politics and to vote how they tell you to.

You have their protection… until you don’t do what they want.  Or vote how they want.  Then… you’re out.

More and more people are coming around to understand that the narrative that Conservatives hate women, black people, gay people, Hispanic people, etc. isn’t just false – it couldn’t be further from the truth.

The difference is that we just believe you’re strong enough and great enough to be able to make it without the bullies that told you that you need them.

Take, for example, my good friend Jay.  Jay is a big black guy.  He’s also a police officer… and has written content about how flawed Black Lives Matter is.

Jay is now considered an enemy of the Democrats.  He’s been told he’s an “Uncle Tom”.  He’s been ostracized by friends and family.  Why?  Because he’s an independent thinker who believes in the good that’s inside people. He works to bring citizens and police officers together – regardless of color – and that makes him a bad person to the left.

My buddy Pete is running for office with the GOP in NY.  But coming out as a Republican was worse for him than coming out as a gay man in the 80’s. He faces more threats of violence from the left for not being a part of the party than he’s ever faced in his life.

My friend Sarah didn’t take part in all of the “Women’s Marches” over the past two years.  She made the comment online that the right wasn’t taking away any rights from women.  She’s now been kicked out of circles of friends and told she’s not welcome at family events because she’s “one of them” now.

Samir is my friend who came to America from Iraq after his family was killed by Islamic extremists. He’s a proud Muslim.  Yet he’s been verbally and physically attacked by those who hate him because he believes in Conservative values.

Paul and I never voted the same… until Trump.  Paul is a life-long Kennedy Democrat who was always in a union.  But Paul decided to walk away from the Democrats when he realized they’ve done nothing but hold him down.  He’s now no longer welcome at union meetings or gatherings of his coworkers because he decided to vote for President Trump.

Sarah and I were always able to relate on one thing – poverty.  We were both poor growing up and our parents worked multiple jobs just to be able to put food on the table.

Sarah voted Democrat for years, until she realized that liberal policies actually hold people in poverty because that’s how they keep votes.

But once you #WalkAway, where do you go?

What if I told you there was a home for those that feel like they no longer below?

More and more people from the left are joining The Whiskey Patriots family is because they realize that as Democrats, they’ve been lied to.

They want a home where they can have a voice and believe what they want and support who they want.

They want a family where it doesn’t matter if they’re black or white… Hispanic or Asian… straight or gay… rich or poor.

Every day, Americans are walking away from the left and finding a home with The Whiskey Patriots because they want the opportunity to do better, to provide for their families, and vote for who they want without being shamed for it.

Democrats are the party of the high school bully who can now vote.  The Whiskey Patriots is the family of those who have declared enough is enough… and it’s time to put the bully in his place.  That’s why we’re proud supporters of the #WalkAway movement.

Are you with us… or do you still need THEM?  We’re ready when you’ve decided to walk away and are looking for a family to walk WITH. 

Kyle S. Reyes is the founder of The Whiskey Patriots, Chief Executive Officer of The Silent Partner Marketing, and the National Spokesman for Law Enforcement Today. Reyes is also an acclaimed keynote speaker on patriotism and leadership, entrepreneurship and marketing by storytelling. You can follow him on Facebook.