Remember Lessons From Past Elections

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United States – -( With the upcoming mid-term elections (not to mention primary campaigns), it may not hurt to go through some of the lessons learned from past elections. Those who fail to learn from the past are doomed to repeat it, and in these times, Second Amendment supporters cannot afford to fail to learn.

Sometimes Other Issues Prevail

In 2018 and 2021, issues with a peripheral (at most) link to Second Amendment issues took pre-eminence. The 2018 elections were largely decided on health care, while the 2021 election involved issues surrounding education. Second Amendment supporters can address this by working to get their fellow Americans to view a failure to support our Second Amendment rights as a potential deal-breaker in terms of giving a candidate a vote.

Get On The Field

One of the big differences between the 2018 and 2021 elections was the fact that more of the elections were contested. In the past, all too often, an anti-Second Amendment extremist ran unopposed. That changed.

Similarly, there was outreach to people who Second Amendment supporters haven’t reached out to before. One of the biggest failures of Wayne LaPierre and current NRA leadership has been the failure to hire translators. Second Amendment supporters will lose 100% of the votes they don’t ask for, and leave 100% of the people they fail to reach out to vulnerable to being taken in by Bloomberg’s lies.

The Threat Is In The Suburbs

The 2021 election masked the growing threat to electing candidates that support our Second Amendment rights. It’s in the suburbs, particularly among suburban mothers, mostly due to the billions of dollars Michael Bloomberg puts into anti-Second Amendment groups. While legal cases like NYSRPA v. Bruen will help, but only so much.

The real task for Second Amendment supporters in the suburbs will be to learn from the 2020 election, in particular, the Senate campaign of Susan Collins in the face of social media censorship and biased media.

Down-Ballot Races Matter

Governors, United States Senators, members of the House of Representatives, and state legislatures get the headlines, but the down-ballot races matter a lot. A state attorney general or your local school board or prosecutor can have significant effects on your Second Amendment rights. Consider your volunteer efforts – and votes – accordingly, and be sure to ask the right questions of the candidates for local and down-ballot state offices.

Candidate Quality Matters

When running in hostile political territory, it will take a good candidate to have a fighting chance. A fighting spirit can help matters at times, but at the same time, a candidate who turns off voters could be a disaster – even if he or she checks off all right boxes on policy. Much of this will come down to who best fits the political terrain in your locality, legislative district, or state.

Second Amendment supporters will be facing a difficult task in upcoming elections. But learning from the past will make it easier to defeat anti-Second Amendment extremists at the federal, state, and local levels via the ballot box.

About Harold Hutchison

Writer Harold Hutchison has more than a dozen years of experience covering military affairs, international events, U.S. politics and Second Amendment issues. Harold was consulting senior editor at Soldier of Fortune magazine and is the author of the novel Strike Group Reagan. He has also written for the Daily Caller, National Review, Patriot Post,, and other national websites.

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Yes remember the biggest lesson of all. THEY AREN’T LEGIT! Stop the voting is important nonsense. At least wait a decade or so. Let this last one be forgotten. Not only the presidential, but two senate seats, countless others… it’s all one big joke. Stolen. Stolen. STOLEN. And none of it has been fixed before this next one.


Henry Bowman

CW2 is inevitable.


Not necessarily. Depends on how asinine our “esteemed” leaders are. Polls say close to half the residents in most blue states would be happy to see red states leave. Similar though slightly higher fraction of red state residents would be happy to be rid of blue states. Like marital divorce, it’s messy and it’s ugly, but eventually you reach a settlement and go your own ways. Maybe we will get lucky and arrive at a non-violent parting of the ways. We’ll have the gulf coast and borders with Canada and Mexico, plus most food and oil production. They’ll keep the… Read more »


I totally agree and have been saying this for years. A domestic policy divorce. We could possibly still share a military (where foreign matters are concerned), still coordinate on foreign policy, supply, resources, etc.

The details would be messy, as you said, but you can’t say it’s not doable.

As we’ve seen though recently, the establishment stands ready to smear, undermine, and otherwise neutralize anyone who dares to express disdain for its power.

Wild Bill

I’m thinking that we could not share a military because if called on the blue states would not contribute. Nor would we want our military under the command of a blue state commander that would certainly commit our people and logistics before their own. I could be wrong.


We went through this 160 years ago, and the conservatives lost that time.

Wild Bill

The conservative states are too valuable and the libtard states too avaricious to have a peaceful separation.


Ya democrats cheat and we will have a real reset real soon if thier cheating crap continues . A failure at the ballot box will eventually be resolved with the cartridge box !

Henry Bowman

When the time comes, everyone will know it…

Wild Bill

Prepare to participate!

Wild Bill

Violent thunderstorms, in series. We had close lightening so had to unplug everything, periodically, that could be effected. Just getting comms up again, now!

Last edited 9 months ago by Wild Bill

I would like to know why the USA is using companies from Canada for US elections ? Is this not foreign interference ? The real kicker is all info goes to another Canadian company to ensure US elections security. I believe this company should be questioned on their methods & participation in past elections. But then I believe they are working in tandem with our corrupt Govt to ensure the desired outcome in elections. And if I’m right. Then you are surely right about the cartridge box being the only solution to our current crisis.


IT=ISAC Canadian nonprofit. lol


And people will wonder why food prices are so high.People should look into who belong to this group ensuring their SECURITY. Funny thing I never heard of this IT-ISAC. But yet they sure do have a large footprint & never make it into the media. lol


As the visibility of the “glitches” found in Dominion Voting Systems continues to spread across multiple states, and the longstanding issues surrounding Election Systems & Software start to re-surface, one critical question has yet to be asked, “How did they manage to corner the U.S. election voter market in the first place?” On September 14, 2009, Hart Interactive, Inc. filed a lawsuit against Diebold Incorporated and Election Systems & Software, Inc. (ES&S) alleging antitrust claims after the September 2, 2009 purchase of Diebold’s outstanding stock of Premier Election Solutions and the assets of Premier Canada.  This transaction gave Election Systems &… Read more »

Wild Bill

Yeah, who the hell is in charge of that anyway!