It’s no wonder Democrats like illegal immigrants so much; the legal immigrants think for themselves! People like Caxcan* and his family, who immigrant legally from Mexico and wherever else, and appreciate this country; they help make America great! I’m happy to embrace Caxcan as my fellow American!
When I started watching Caxcan’s video, for the first few minutes, I thought he was criticizing the #walkaway movement. I was getting ready to comment that his title was misleading, but I decided to listen to most of it first. I’m glad I did!
In some ways, he is criticizing #walkaway, but he does so constructively. He basically lays out his very left of center political views, explains why leaving “the left” is a bad idea, and then goes on to explain something I figured out years ago. Trump actually has more in common with the true left than the average Democrat these days!
Several times, Caxcan discussed “free trade” and how harmful it’s been to Latin America. He discusses why he believes socialism is the solution. And explains why Trump’s trade policies are a step in the right direction. And here I thought I was Trump’s most leftist supporter! I embrace some elements of socialism, but am still essentially a capitalist, but I favor a very regulated capitalism.
Like Caxcan, I never walked away from my principles; I walked away from the party that I’m constantly told adheres to my principles, but I can plainly see doesn’t. I’d rather get half of what I believe in from Trump, than none of what I believe in from the Democratic Party.
Walking away doesn’t mean becoming a Republican. I was so proud to reluctantly vote for Trump, and nervously thrilled when he actually won! But I didn’t vote for that “R” next to his name. Like Caxcan, it’s his trade policies!
Caxcan’s message is clear. Don’t #walkaway from “the left.” #walkaway from ignorance. I don’t know how many views he’ll get. He isn’t the best video-maker, unfortunately, and spoke rather slowly and impromptu. I’d recommend he make a script next time and keep it short and sweet. But his message is one that people all across the spectrum need to hear.
We need to stop being trapped into this false “left/right” dichotomy that we think overlaps the “Democratic/Republican” dichotomy. This is what causes Bernie Sanders voters to hold their noses and vote for imperialist Hillary Clinton, even though they have more in common with Trump on policy . This is what could also cause today’s Trump voter to vote for tomorrows revived neocon Republican – the only thing the neocon of the future and Trump will have in common is tax cuts and an “R” next to their name. When we #walkaway from partisan ignorance and prejudice, we can clearly see the issues, and vote for candidates who represent our values, rather than voting for rhetoric and party labels.
*I couldn’t find a name on his youtube channel, but he identifies with his Caxcan ethnicity, so I’ll call him Caxcan for the time being.