When Donald Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States in 2016, social media was filled with posts to the effect of, “We’re safe for the next four years.” I cautioned then that historically, control of either the Senate or the House of Representatives—or both—often flips in the midterm elections.
And that was exactly what happened in November, when the Democrats picked up 32 seats in the House, though the Republicans gained seats in the Senate.
Many, if not most, of the Democrat candidates tried to portray themselves as moderates—as opposed to extreme leftists—to attract voters. But a look at their prior statements and voting records reveals something very different.
They have become much more vocal and forthright since swaying the electorate in their favor. Things they are in favor of include:
• Impeaching President Trump.
• Impeaching Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
• Attempting to block any future SCOTUS appointments from President Trump.
• More sanctuary cities to protect illegal aliens.
• Less border security.
• Abolishing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
• More restrictions on gun ownership.
It is unlikely that any conservative bills will come out of the House, since a bill needs a majority to pass. But things may not be as bad as they appear at first blush.
If a bill that seeks to infringe our rights does pass through the House, a Senate version of the bill must also pass before it is sent to the President to be signed into law. Even then, the President has his veto power—and it takes two-thirds of the House and Senate to override his veto, making it almost impossible to override. Out of 2,571 presidential vetoes from the first 44 presidents, only 109 have been successfully overridden.
But that doesn’t mean we can take anything for granted. Every single member of the House of Representatives will be up for re-election in two years in the General Election. Contact them often and let them know you are keeping track of how they vote on issues that are important to you, and that lawful gun owners have a long memory.
We live in a constantly changing world filled with unseen perils. Pay attention to what’s happening in it.
Until next time, stay low and watch your back.