The Democrats will enjoy control of both houses of Congress and the presidency as soon as Joe Biden takes office on Jan. 20. There’s a lot of fear for the future. Is America destined for that dark winter now? A look back at history tells us many things, but two very basic facts stand out: Things will eventually get better – but they’re bound to get a hell of a lot worse first. Here’s how the rights of Americans have fared under a Democrat trifecta in the halls of power over the last century.
America’s Raw Deals
Congress, which served from 1933 to 1935, FDR signed bills into law that caused the government to swell, including but not limited to the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and Federal Emergency Relief Administration (FERA). They also gave us the National Firearms Act of 1934 – the first federal gun control.
FDR and the Democrat-controlled 74th Congress gave us the Second New Deal, which included the Work Projects Administration (WPA) and the Social Security Administration (SSA). In 1937, FDR and the Democrat-controlled 75th Congress established the minimum wage, which interfered with the free market and drove inflation up, as it has every time since then that it’s increased.
Just about everything FDR and his friends in Congress did those 12 years grew the government and restricted the free market which impacted individual liberty. He cemented what Woodrow Wilson did in creating the League of Nations into what we now know as the United Nations — the ultimate global statist club.
The Truman Doctrine – More Government!
This government agency is commonly suspected as a method used to spy on Americans for many years now, though they vociferously deny it.
Like his predecessor, Truman’s answer to just about everything was more laws, a bigger government, and to send money out of the country in globalist endeavors. He accomplished much despite working with a GOP-controlled House and Senate for the 80th Congress, but his life got a lot easier with the 81st and 82nd.
LBJ – The Welfare President
President Lyndon B. Johnson enjoyed a Democrat trifecta from the 88th Congress to the 90th. And if you thought FDR created an unfair burden for taxpayers with Social Security, stop and take a look at this guy’s “war on poverty.” This era – most often referred to as “The Great Society” – gave us food stamps, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Federal Highway Administration, Department of Transportation, public broadcasting, Medicare and Medicaid, and much more. The United States also saw the advent of the Gun Control Act of 1968, which, among other things, required guns to be bought from federally licensed dealers and created the first groups of people recognized by the government as not quite human enough for the otherwise natural human right to self-defense.
Mixed Nuts – Carter Grew Government and Liberty?
President Jimmy Carter was the next Democrat to enjoy a trifecta in the Swamp, though he only stayed one term. This most famous of peanut farmers was also somewhat of a mixed bag in terms of using his position to advance the state or the individual. On the one hand, the Department of Energy and the Department of Education were created and the government – and its reach into the daily lives of the people – grew. On the other hand, however, he deregulated the airline, trucking, railroad, and oil industries, allowing the market to fix many government-made problems. He also made home brewing legal for the first time since before Prohibition.
Less Frequent, but No Less Dangerous
Only thrice since Carter has the entire Swamp been under Democrat rule – yet still the powers that be found time to bend liberty-minded Americans over the proverbial barrel. In 2010, the Democrat-led House and Senate sent the ironically named Affordable Care Act to President Obama, who signed it into law. The cost of health care and insurance skyrocketed under Carter rather than plummet, and there was nothing the people could do about it – failing to get the insurance meant additional monetary penalties come tax time.
Perhaps most troubling of all is the damage done by Bill Clinton and the 103rd Congress. The man from Arkansas gave America the Brady Bill in 1993 and the Federal Assault Weapon Ban in 1994 – not to mention NAFTA. And, of course, no discussion of this terrible triple team-up is complete without mentioning NATO and the 1994 Crime Bill.
What Will Biden Do?
Thanks to the Biden campaign’s gun violence plan, those who love freedom know they are in for another Assault Weapon Ban. And this one, he says, won’t have a ten-year sunset clause and it won’t grandfather anyone in. Got a gun on the list? Hand it over or register it with the ATF as an NFA item. Sound like a tough sell? Not with Democrats in control of both the House and Senate.
Also likely to come from this trifecta is some form of Green New Deal, another equality bill of some sort for the LGBTQ community, and the undoing of everything Trump did to pull the U.S. out of the grasp of U.N. globalists.
Will the trifecta be broken in two years? Can American freedoms hold out that long? If the Republic is not lost altogether this time, things will eventually get better – but there will always be vestiges of the damage done, like scars on our thin skin of liberty. And if you’re tempted to brush this off as some conspiracy theory or slippery slope argument, history tells us otherwise.
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