James Webb is retired. He uses his new free time to go to the gym in an attempt to lose weight, and adopt a healthier lifestyle. Webb is also a lifelong Republican, a charter member of his local Tea Party Patriot group, and a self-professed “hillbilly.” The majority of Webb’s videos are gun related: dismantling various firearms, shooting semi-automatic rifles, etc., but his latest video is simply James speaking into his camera about the possibility of voting for Hillary Clinton. Yes, you read that correctly. A Tea Party Republican is seriously considering voting for Hillary Clinton in 2016. And it’s all because of Obamacare.
Webb retired at the age of fifty. He tells his audience he was able to do this because of the Affordable Care Act. Insurance is expensive, he notes, especially when you have health problems. But thanks to Obamacare, Webb retired early, and can spend time working out, getting in better shape, and not have to worry about how to pay for his insurance. It’s important to note that James Webb has other videos on his channel which are not in any way liberal. This is not a Democrat, or a progressive, or a man who even dips his toe into the left wing pool. He is a Tea Party conservative, who is considering voting for Hillary Clinton.
What if other conservatives were to look at their own lives, the way James Webb has? What if they came to the same conclusion that Webb did: the party that has helped him the most over the past fifteen or so years is not the GOP? In his video, Webb states he has asked himself which party has helped him more, and he answers “the Democrats.” He continues, saying:
I mean, if it wasn’t for Obama, and that Obamacare, I would still be working. And, uh, with Obamacare, I got to retire at age fifty because if it wasn’t for Obamacare, I would…I woulda had to work till I was sixty-five and get on Medicare.
He points out his gym membership is reimbursed, “some kind of healthy lifestyle plan.” Again, this is not a liberal. This is a self-professed Tea Party conservative, with videos on his channel filled with firearms, and anti-LGBT rhetoric. But something seems to have happened to James Webb, something personal. In another video, entitled “The New America,” he speaks about how America is changing. He chuckles as he admits he struggles to describe what exactly is happening, then says:
The new America, the government is here to take care of the people instead of the country. So, it’s swinging more towards taking care of the citizen which I really don’t agree with. I’ve never agreed with that. I think it should be up to the individual to take care of thereself, and the government take care of our country.
Webb goes on to support states’ rights:
Let the states have power…states’ rights are just gone.
He then addresses marriage, saying states should have the power to marry, or not marry, anyone they choose, and that states are “blackmailed” by the federal government into submission. Webb uses the right wing term “nanny state” to describe the new America, then says he is now part of it, because he retired and signed up for the ACA.
There is a possibility that James Webb is trolling the entire country right now, and will come out with a rebuttal video saying “Gotcha.” But the sadness in his face when he admits Republican policies haven’t helped him as much as Democratic policies looks authentic. This is a man who went from Republican to Tea Party, and by all accounts, is struggling to figure out what to do in 2016.
Now, if this is real, and James Webb truly has had an “aha!” moment, could it happen for other conservatives? Perhaps Webb could change his mind about the LGBT community, who knows? And maybe, just maybe, somewhere else in a red state, a Tea Party member is realizing that the GOP wants nothing more than to punish the poor, alienate minorities, give more tax breaks to the wealthiest in the land, and blow up countries for the sake of just blowing up countries. Maybe there’s a conservative woman who had a miscarriage, and read about the woman whose Walmart refused to fill her prescription for Misoprostol, and finally understands her party really doesn’t like her, or women in general.
Watch the video below, and tell me what you think. Is James Webb the real deal-a conservative who’s seen the light-or is he just trolling America?