Lessons From the Failure that is Liz Cheney

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Liz Cheney US House Office of Photography, Public domain
Liz Cheney US House Office of Photography, Public domain

United States – -(AmmoLand.com)- Second Amendment supporters have a lot to learn from Liz Cheney. Loyal AmmoLand News readers may wonder why Liz Cheney should be someone to draw lessons from, and that is very understandable.

Simple: Sometimes, the lessons learned are what not to do, and the vast majority of the lessons to learn from Liz Cheney are in this category.

Many may wonder why we should spend time on a defeated incumbent who lost spectacularly. It’s better to learn from the mistakes of others, particularly when they are on the other side (and yes, Liz Cheney had functionally gone to the other side), rather than to have to digest the lessons learned after our side suffers a defeat.

Perhaps the biggest lesson learned is not openly and blatantly side with people who have previously shown that they hate our guts. It is an instant credibility-killer, for starters. The other thing that it that selling out does is you start surrendering on every issue that matters. She began to back gun control measures she previously opposed and has announced her intent to target Second Amendment champions in 2022 and 2024.

Liz Cheney Turns to Famous ‘Gun Control’ Supporter to Help Her Stay in Power
Liz Cheney Turns to Famous ‘Gun Control’ Supporter to Help Her Stay in Power

This will not win her points when everyone knows the anti-Second Amendment extremists she would empower via her actions seek to pack the Supreme Court and eliminate the filibuster. It will only secure well-deserved distrust in the future from those she purported to represent and lead. Cheney forgot that she worked for the people of Wyoming.

Cheney’s tone has also been a turnoff. I’ve discussed this multiple times, but it now bears repeating.

How we come across to our fellow Americans matters. The approach we take when we are making our case matters. Liz Cheney’s shrill tone, her scolding and virtue-signaling, and her refusal to acknowledge the valid concerns of her new opponents are things that Second Amendment supporters must not replicate. She deserved to lose her primary election and good riddance.

But the one major takeaway that readers need to think about – and learn from – Liz Cheney’s actions over the last 19+ months: Know that you cannot compromise on our RKBA.

Second Amendment supporters need to consider what limits we must personally set concerning those who we back and our right to keep and bear arms. This was touched on a little with the situations involving Madison Cawthorn and Eric Greitens, who displayed some questionable judgment, to put it mildly.

The fact that Greitens was subjected to an abuse of power by a Soros-backed prosecutor doesn’t change the flawed judgment and poor choices that opened him to that abuse. Cawthorn also displayed poor judgment and clearly lacked some basic maturity.

In some cases, the time to draw that line and insist on an exit will be easy – see the case of Jason Ravnsborg, the now-former attorney general of South Dakota, impeached after he killed a pedestrian – and there won’t be much pushback. Other times, it might not be easy, and there will be a cost in doing so.

The ease – or difficulty – of drawing that line could depend on the individual Second Amendment supporter and the exact circumstances of the case. But this is something Second Amendment supporters will need to work out as they seek to defeat anti-Second Amendment extremists via the ballot box at the federal, state, and local levels.


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, Strategypage.com, and other national websites.

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Darkman

She is a prime example of what happens to Republicans, who want to be liked in Washington. Go along to get along. Then throw in some profound hatred for President Trump and out falls Liz Cheney. She thought this was going to be her catapult to Popularity. The Fake news media hailed her. Liberal Progressive Democrats would love her and Anti Trump Rino’s would hold her on their shoulders as the Savior of the Republican party. Except now the Democrats and Fake news media won’t even speak her name and she is the Pariah of Republican Voters, Even the RINO’s… Read more »

Boom

She’s also a prime example of what happens when you’ve given women the right to vote…THANKS WYOMING. …Been paying for it ever since… All cause some ranchers couldn’t learn how to cook, and couldn’t cope with the women’s strike. Haha.

Rodoeo

You make a fine point, however I’m not agreeing with you as I don’t plan to sleep on the couch tonight :).

TGP389

I’ve said for some years that many of our political problems are from XX chromosome carriers voting on emotions rather than mentation.

Boom

They’re all nuts.

The Crimson Pirate

Liz Cheney was always a RINO. Her father was a RINO. He worked in a RINO admenstruation. Neither she, nor her family, nor any of her friends were ever real proponents of liberty and individualism. The idea that she changed or sold out indicates that once again you have no idea what is really going on. Same with the McCain’s. RINO traitors from the start. These people are part of what they think of as a ruling class, divided into two sides for theatrical purposes, to keep us peons from figuring out that there is an American aristocracy. And the… Read more »

Qui Bono?

What disingenuous dribble. The Cheneys are about as Conservative as they come; but unlike so many so-called Republicans, they’re not enthralled or frightened by Trump, and still retain their integrity and fidelity to true conservative principles. People like you are the real RINOs – you pay lip service to the Constitution (or at least the parts you agree with) and wrap your fascism in the flag as camouflage. You are the outliers, and your extremism is self-destructive. The tide has turned. Unless they truly share his “values”, no one with a lick of honesty or common sense still believes that… Read more »

Boom

Integrity? Whos got integrity? Surely no one you know..

Rob

Wow! What an incredibly articulate and well-reasoned response. How many hours did it take you to come up with that? Points for originality and common sense.

Boom

Ditto.

Russn8r

You sound pretty butthurt over Real Wyoming handing Beltway Liz’s ass to her, Rob.

hippybiker

Good Old “Shotgun Dick Cheney!” Shot his own pal!

Stag

This might be one of the dumbest things I’ve read on this site.

Russn8r

Pretty clear Qui’s Bono you’re giving “lip service” to.

“The tide has turned. No one with a lick of honesty…”

What you’re lickin’ ain’t honesty, big boy.

The tide turned alright, but not how you’re deluding yourself. Liz got crushed more than 2-1. The blinders are off. Real Wyoming HATES the Corrupt Beltway Phony-Wyoming Hollywood-Backed Cheneys! Loyal Americans are DONE with neo”con” RINO warmongers.

nrringlee

OK, I will bite. Here is the crux of the problem. At the national level the Republican Party is a classical progressive party. This is why and how you can have a draft dodger like Dick Cheney orchestrate the deployment of real Americans like me to wild goose chases all over the world. This fraud perverted and misdirected defense policy like a good Wilsonian Progressive. His spawn did the same. They scorn our founding values and virtues. For them it is all about power. That is the why and how of perpetual deployment to force democracy on pitiful hell holes… Read more »

StLPro2A

Poor MR. Liz Cheney having her come home to him. Maybe MR. Liz Cheney, as reportedly does MR Nancy Pelosi, contributes heavily to their campaigns hoping to keep them in DC…..away from home.

Ronnie

Dear Americans our own (so called gov’t) leaders are TURNING THEIR BACKS Against – THE LAW OF THE LAND / COMMON LAW !!!! OUR ‘CONSTITUTION’ is A law BOOK for all Govt’s to FOLLOW to the Letter! They Have been ABUSING their Powers AGAINST THE PEOPLE FOR too long !!!!! WE ALL MUST STAND AGAINST THIS – or Forever BE “ENSLAVED”
WHICH WILL IT BE ???? Spineless Slaves or AMERICAN PATRIOTS?

TexDad

“Cheney forgot that she worked for the people of Wyoming.”

This pretty much sums it up. Too bad it’s sprinkled in with that “right approach” and “how we come across” garbage. We could all do without lessons from Harold the Finger Wagging Compromiser.

Boom

I wonder if she at least has a phat ass?

hippybiker

I would say she does and, she’s picking the gravel out of it from the landslide!

Russn8r

“other thing selling out does is you start surrendering every issue that matters. Major takeaway to think about – and learn from – Cheney’s actions: you cannot compromise on our RKBA.” Harold needs to learn that from before giving more cover to NRA sellout-grifters & pushing more gun control in ignorance of 1ST PRINCIPLES e.g.: NEVER accept enemy assumptions. Those who can’t be trusted with guns can’t be trusted with knives, matches, gasoline, cars, fists, feet, poison or LIBERTY without a custodian. Stop singling out guns for controls, “background checks”, prior restraint. e.g. machine guns, silencers, Project Exile, NICS, Red… Read more »

Arny

Yes, I’m amazed how this country ever got by, without background checks & Govt databases. lol

AZ Lefty

How dare she have actual Republican principals and stand against Traitor Trump and his attempt to destroy our Constitutional Republic

Russn8r

As if you give a crap about Republican principles or the Constitution.

Boom

It does. Those pesky principles, and ridgid guidelines are constantly getting in their way.. they give a crap about what hinders them.

Stag

If you cared about a constitutional republic you wouldn’t be cheering every time a unconstitutional arms law gets enforced.

OlTrailDog

Mr. “Lefty” manages to capture the essence of the quintessential leftist “useful idiot” in one brief sentence. How humorous. First, he demonstrates he has no clue what Republican “principals”(sic) are. WY is one of the most ‘Republican’ states in the union and if Lez Cheney was emblematic of those principles she would have been re-elected. She did not and was given the shit-kicker boot. Secondly, Leftist’s comments regarding Trump’s so called “attempt” demonstrates his inability to grasp the unfortunate facts around the 1/6 demonstrations, and instead, prefers to suck the teat of leftist propaganda produced by the Biden administration and… Read more »

Ronnie

AMEN BRO!!!!

hippybiker

You’re not right, in the head!

Boom

No… It’s [he’s] left.

Hahahahahah! Get it?