President Trump made quite a stir during his State of the Union Speech on Tuesday night February 6, 2019.
Trump put the entire political class on notice when he gave a scathing critique of socialism. The president started off with foundational principles stating that “America was founded on liberty, and independence; and not government coercion, domination, and control.”
Then he capped it off by saying that “America will never be a socialist country.”
The look of disbelief on the face of Bernie Sanders was priceless. And this should come as no surprise. Sanders believes in “democratic socialism”, a fancy re-branding of socialism. At the end of the day, it’s still a system that promotes a monstrous government that make property rights and basic freedoms an afterthought.
Sanders is not alone in his socialist advocacy. Freshmen Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who has deep ties to the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), is openly calling for a confiscatory income tax rate of 70% on the highest income earners and a “Green New Deal”. All these programs entail massive government intrusions on property rights and people’s ability to make a living. Sadly, many millennials are eating this up.
Another DSA darling Stacey Abrams delivered her response to the President’s SOTU. In eerie fashion, Abrams said “We are coming for America” and went on a tirade criticizing President Trump’s immigration policy.
Trump’s choice words for socialism during his State of the Union speech were indeed a breath of fresh air.
Yes, the U.S. has tons of work to do in taming its unsustainable entitlement programs like Medicare and Social Security. However, the Trump administration has shown great promise when it passed tax reform in 2017 and reversed Obama era regulatory policies via executive order.
All of this has been accomplished in spite of constant opposition from both obstructionist Democrats and insufferable Never Trump Republicans. The results have been great as black unemployment has reached historic lows and the economy continues to boom.
For once, America has a president who unapologetically lambasts a failed ideology like socialism. When countries like Venezuela are crumbling before our eyes, it’s incumbent upon our political leaders to call out these failures. For too long, America’s political elites have taken milquetoast stances in the face of destructive systems like socialism.
With socialism’s allure growing more powerful by the day, there must be political leadership to stand against it. President Trump made it clear in the 2019 State of the Union what side he’s on in the socialism debate.
Democrats Introduce Expanded Background Check Legislation
Democrats are going to implement a background check which targets “extremism.”
Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy and California Congressman Mike Thompson brought forward legislation on March 2, 2021 that aims to broaden the federal background check system on firearms sales, according to a report by The Hill.
Under The Background Check Expansion Act, gun sales and purchases between all unlicensed sellers and buyers would be subject to a mandatory background check. The background checks would not be applicable for law enforcement officers, lending out firearms for the purpose of hunting, temporary transfers for self-defense, or family members gifting a firearm.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and 43 Senate Democrats have co-sponsored this bill. Thompson, who is the chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, reintroduced this legislation in the U.S. House
“For years, the bipartisan House-passed background checks bill languished in the Senate under Republican Leader Mitch McConnell. Now, with Senate Democrats in the Majority, we have the opportunity to act on this overwhelmingly popular, lifesaving legislation to protect American communities,” Schumer declared in a press release.
According to a CBS News report, President Joe Biden has repeatedly called on Congress to pass stiffer gun control laws. This gun control bill will not pass so easily given how it will need 10 Republican senators to vote in favor of it.
Against the backdrop of the January 6 storming of the Capitol, such a background check will likely feature provisions that target so-called “extremists.” The ruling class has routinely lumped average gun owners with domestic extremists and will most certainly use recent events to justify encroachments on people’s right to bear arms.
Biden is a veteran of the gun control movement, as evidenced by his sponsorship of the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990 and the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban. With Democrats in control of all branches of the federal government, they will certainly move to pass gun control. However, their success is not guaranteed due to moderate Democrats like Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema and West Virginia Joe Manchin not being completely receptive to radical gun control that could alienate them from their more right-wing constituents.
Nevertheless, the Left has shown that it’s willing to act regardless of the political context. Keeping this in mind, gun owners must be ready to beat back any kind of gun control coming from D.C. Such fights will allow the Right to rebuild its forces and make a splash in the 2022 midterms and the 2024 presidential race.
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