Personal change and activism are sometimes birthed from frustration with the status quo. Meet Brandon Straka, a New York City hairstylist and aspiring actor, who started the #walkaway movement.

Brandon is a former Democrat whose ascent to power began on May 26 with this now famous video urging others to walk away from the Democrats. Brandon shares his experiences as a gay man who has chosen conservatism over liberalism. 

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Dr. Carol M. Swain is an award-winning political scientist, a former professor of political science and professor of law at Vanderbilt University, and a lifetime member of the James Madison Society, an international community of scholars affiliated with the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. Before joining Vanderbilt in 1999, Dr. Swain was a tenured associate professor of politics and public policy at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Dr. Swain is host of the podcast Be The People, here on the America Out Loud Podcast Network. Passionate about empowering others to raise their voices in the public square she is an author, public speaker, and political commentator. Dr. Swain is the author or editor of eight books with a ninth forthcoming in 2018.