Former Hawaii Representative Tulsi Gabbard announced Tuesday that she is leaving the Democrat Party. “I believe in a government that is of, by, and for the people,” she said on Twitter. “Unfortunately, today’s Democratic Party does not. Instead, it stands for a government of, by, and for the powerful elite.”
In a YouTube video from the “Tulsi Gabbard Show” elaborating on her decision, the former representative and American veteran cited eight grave battles the Democratic Party is waging against the American people as her reasons for leaving. These eight reasons are perfect for explaining to your common-sense, Democrat-voting friends and family why their party has left them behind.
1. War on Rule of Law
Gabbard grilled Democrats for “demonizing” and defunding the police, particularly during the summer of 2020, while simultaneously “enacting laws that favor criminals’ rights over those of everyday Americans.” Indeed, radical, George Soros-backed district attorneys in blue cities across the country are refusing to prosecute criminals in the name of “equity.”
Not all Democrat attacks on law and order are that brazen, though. Gabbard rightfully highlighted how the Obama administration weaponized the IRS to target conservative nonprofits. Since then, equal justice under the law has broken down even further. In recent weeks, Biden’s DOJ raided the home of pro-life leader Mark Houck, arresting him in front of his wife and seven frightened children.
Shortly thereafter, the FBI raided the home of pro-life activist Chester Gallagher for his role in leading a pro-life demonstration. The agency also charged 10 of Gallagher’s fellow demonstrators. If convicted, seven of the 11 pro-lifers charged face 11 years in prison and fines of up to $250,000. “When the party in power does not believe in the rule of law, but they’re responsible for writing and enforcing laws, our democracy is doomed,” said Gabbard.
2. War on Free Speech
There’s no such thing as free speech in a Democrat-controlled America. As Gabbard explained, leftists no longer engage in debate, they simply silence “speech that they don’t like” by labeling it “misinformation” or “hate speech.” Much of their success in the censorship crusade can be attributed to their alliance with, as Gabbard puts it, the “corporate, for-profit media and Big Tech.”
Perhaps one of the most insidious examples of Democrat and Big Tech collusion was the suppression of the Hunter Biden laptop story, a censorship effort that interfered in the 2020 election by limiting what information about then-candidate Joe Biden reached voters’ ears. The systematic suppression of the story appears to have been a top-down, coordinated effort after Mark Zuckerberg revealed that the FBI instructed Facebook (and likely other platforms) to falsely brand the Hunter Biden laptop story as Russian disinformation to censor.
3. War on Faith
“Today’s Democratic Party does not believe in our constitutionally protected right to freedom of religion,” said Gabbard, adding that Democrats “are hostile toward people of faith and spirituality and actively try to undermine our religious freedom.” Gabbard noted how her former party “chose to omit the words ‘under God’” from the Pledge of Allegiance during the 2020 Democratic National Convention.
Democrat senators suggested that the Catholic faith of then-District Court nominee Brian Buescher’s and then-Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett disqualified them from approval. Gabbard rightfully decried the senators’ remarks as a disgraceful violation of Article VI of the U.S. Constitution, which mandates that “no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”
4. War on the Second Amendment
“The Democratic Party’s hatred of the Second Amendment and their increasing authoritarian instincts pose a serious threat to our freedoms,” stated Gabbard, quoting Beto O’Rourke who said during a presidential debate “H-ll yes, we are going to take your AR-15s, AK-47s.”
The FBI is also being used to eradicate Americans’ Second Amendment rights after it was revealed that agents have been secretly pressuring Americans into signing forms that relinquish their constitutional right to own, purchase, or even use firearms for years.
5. War on Civil Liberties
Speaking of infringements on Second Amendment rights, Gabbard also addressed Democrats’ shameless war on civil liberties in general. She highlighted Democrats’ support of Biden’s proposal to allow IRS agents to monitor Americans’ banking details and Democrats’ inaction when the FBI seized and withheld property from innocent American citizens.
According to Gabbard, Democrats always “choose to side with the security state instead of siding with our liberty—our freedom.” The former representative recalled introducing legislation to repeal the Patriot Act, the post-9/11 bill that the feds have been using to spy on Americans since 2001, and to scale back the FISA Court, which was famously manipulated by the FBI so agents could obtain a secret warrant and illegally spy on the Trump campaign, as part of the now-debunked Russian collusion hoax. Democratic Party leaders refused to even allow Gabbard’s bill to go up for a vote.
6. War on Racial Harmony
“Democrat leaders have reduced each of us as God’s children to the color of our skin, using identity politics to tear us apart,” said Gabbard, noting their promotion of racist Critical Race Theory (CRT) in schools and the brazenly prejudiced actions of Democratic leaders like Lori Lightfoot, who refused to be interviewed by white reporters.
Leftist racism thrives on college campuses particularly. Schools have racially segregated convocations, housing, and study spaces. Gabbard adds that this behavior is being informed and encouraged by the likes of “racial profiteers like Robin DiAngelo and the corrupt, self-identifying cultural Marxists who lead Black Lives Matter.” Democrats “have become the racist that they claim to hate,” Gabbard added.
7. War on Women
Women no longer exist as a category in the eyes of the Democrat Party, as the radical transgender agenda distorts our cultural understanding of femininity, destroys female sports, and puts real women at serious risk.
Gabbard explains that Democrats are “rejecting the objective truth and reality that women exist and are not just a construct in someone’s mind,” adding that “they’re demanding that we replace words like ‘mother’ with ‘birthing person.’” She also drew attention to the disruption the left’s anti-woman agenda has had on women’s sports. “They’re taking away opportunities and futures from girls in sports by allowing transgender athletes, who until recently identified as men, and who clearly have a biological advantage of being a man, to compete against women,” said Gabbard.
Another serious consequence of denying the biological component of being a female is that spaces once reserved for women, such as domestic abuse shelters and women’s homeless shelters, are being invaded by men. Female prisoners are often issued birth control and condoms because they are imprisoned with any male inmate who claims to be a woman.
8. War on Family
Lastly, Gabbard discussed Democrats’ pernicious goal to “strip away the rights of parents to raise their kids.” Last year, Democrat and former governor of Virginia Terry McAuliffe said parents should have no role in their child’s education, a bizarre sentiment that’s even more concerning given that public schools have become re-education machines for the left. “Public school districts are implementing policies that sexualize kids as young as five or six years old,” continued Gabbard. “Taxpayer dollars are being used to bring in drag strippers and encourage gender transition surgery in minors, all kept secret from their parents.”
Our transgender Assistant Secretary for Health Rachel Levine has gone on record to support what is falsely termed “gender-affirming care” for children, which Gabbard points out includes dangerous “puberty blockers, chemical castration, and irreversible surgeries that cause long-term harm to kids.” If parents do not comply, “the federal government threatens to bring in Child Protective Services” to “take your kids away,” said Gabbard. “Families are the foundation of civilization and our society, and today’s Democratic party’s policies are very quickly eroding that foundation to the detriment of us all.”
Gabbard ended her video by “calling on [her] fellow common-sense, independent-minded Democrats to join [her] in leaving the Democratic Party.” “If you can no longer stomach the direction that these so-called woke Democratic Party ideologues are taking this country, I invite you to join me,” said Gabbard. Let’s hope people do.
Evita Duffy is a staff writer to The Federalist and the co-founder of the Chicago Thinker. She loves the Midwest, lumberjack sports, writing, and her family. Follow her on Twitter at @evitaduffy_1 or contact her at [email protected].
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