column By: Steve Garbe | December, 22
I am sure that many of you looked forward to the midterm elections as the obvious way to address some of the insanity that has been rampant in politics today. As I have stated before, I am a “one-issue voter” and that issue is the steady eroding of the Second Amendment by our elected officials. If a prospective or incumbent politician does not support and defend the Second Amendment, then he/she doesn’t get my vote. Some readers would say my view is too narrow, but I’m sticking with it. I’m a Constitutionalist, not a Republican or a Democrat and I make no apologies for that.
I was a bit pessimistic about the much talked about “red wave” that was going to sweep the midterm elections. I was right. The midterms are better described as a “rising tide” for conservatives. However, I believe a significant number of voters embraced conservative ideals in these midterm elections, primarily as a response to the ridiculous social experiments put forward by the Democrats over the last two years.
There were some good outcomes in regard to the Second Amendment that the mainstream media almost ignored. Two of the most vocal anti-gun politicians, Stacey Abrams (D-GA) and Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) lost their respective races decisively. They both decided to use the issue of firearm confiscation as a key part of their political strategy and it backfired on them, wasting millions of dollars in political funds and seriously damaging their future viability as serious candidates. Both of their opponents, incumbent Republicans, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp are solid backers of the Second Amendment and now have a bright political future. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a staunch and very vocal supporter of the right to keep and bear arms won his reelection handily, defeating Democratic U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, whose platform highlighted banning “assault” firearms. If there was any place where there was a red wave, it was in Florida.
The good folks of Iowa voted to reaffirm the Second Amendment in their state with Public Measure 1 that locks the right to bear arms into the state constitution. This is very good news for gun owners, and I predict these positive outcomes will be downplayed by the leftist media. It’s amazing how, after elections, the issue of gun rights gets described by the media as being a “non-issue.” For many gun owners, it is the only issue.
As we move forward toward the 2024 general elections, I predict we will see more support for conservative ideas and ideals. We didn’t see a red wave this time around, but I believe we will in 2024. The more that voters are exposed to crackpot political experiments that obviously don’t work, the more they embrace common sense solutions that actually work. We have been shown that there is still much to do and that we cannot take anything for granted. We must be constantly on guard to protect the Constitution from those who find it inconvenient or a hindrance to their political agenda and aspirations.
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