Throughout the U.S., preppers collectively sighed in relief at the defeat of Hillary Clinton, one of the most unqualified, dishonest, and downright dangerous presidential candidates in the history of American politics. So what does Donald Trump’s election mean for preppers? A few important things:
1. Trump Is a Fierce Defender of the Second Amendment
Throughout his campaign, Trump — who was endorsed early by the NRA — has defended the rights of law-abiding gun owners. To that end, he has advocated the right for employees at military bases and recruiting centers to carry weapons. He also wants to reform the background check system to align it with the Second Amendment — but with an increased focus on fixing the mental health system and not tightening gun control. Trump is also a vociferous opponent to gun and magazine bans, stating that the government has no business dictating what types of firearms decent, law abiding Americans are are allowed to carry. And most importantly, he will push for a national right to carry in all 50 states, which means that if a person is licensed to concealed carry in one state, he or she should be allowed to carry in the other 49 states.
In short, Trump will ensure and preserve Americans’ right to bear arms, which is our main safeguard against government tyranny.
2. Trump Will Nominate Supreme Court Justices Who Honor the Constitution
For the past fifty years, unelected federal judges, who have no accountability to the People, have radically transformed American culture. These judges believe that the Constitution is a living document, which means it should be interpreted in accordance the norms at that particular day and age.In other words, the Constitution should be applied to the whims and fancies of the judges. The ironic thing is that through their court decisions, these judges are essentially establishing those norms — which they bask in because of their unchecked power to do so.
Fortunately, Trump has promised that he will appoint justices to the U.S. Supreme Court who will uphold our laws and the Constitution as intended by our Founding Fathers (this legal principle is called “originalism”). Trump will seek to appoint a justice in the mold of Justice Scalia, a fierce defender of our freedoms, including the freedom of religion, speech, press; and of course right to bear arms.
3. One Concern: A President Trump Will Have the Power of Executive Orders Increased Under Bush and Obama
When “unanticipated problems” arise, the President has the power to take “unilateral action”, which are called executive orders. Among other things, executive orders can impose sanctions, determine legal rights, and require immediate compliance. Traditionally, executive orders have the “force and effect of law” when based upon legitimate statutory or constitutional authority. However, the Constitution has never explicitly given the President with the authority to issue them. Nonetheless, throughout our Nation’s history, executive orders have been accepted by Congress and the federal judiciary without much interference.
Presidents have issued thousands of executive orders, many of which have had a significant effect on the American people. In the past, Presidents have issued orders allowing the seizing of private property as well as permitting electronic surveillance of American citizens. In addition, the President has power over the national economy; for example, the President is authorized by Congress to ration and allocate scarce materials.
Alarmingly, the power to issue executive orders has been expanded greatly under Obama, oftentimes without accountability to the other two branches of government. For example, according study undertaken by the Mercatus Institute, President Obama has issue more restrictive executive orders than the previous six Presidents combined. Some of these orders have been particularly concerning, such as those that vest the President power to respond to national emergencies. For example:
- Executive Order 10990 allows the Government to take over all modes of transportation and control of highways and seaports
- Executive Order 10995 allows the government to seize and control the communication media
- Executive Order 10997 allows the government to take over all electrical power, gas, petroleum, fuels, and minerals
- Executive Order 11000 allows the government to mobilize civilians into work brigades under government supervision
As it stands, if and when SHTF, Trump will have the power to issue these orders. We must hope that he respects the limitations of the executive powers of the Presidency as intended by the Constitution.
Even though preppers’ first priority is to defend and protect their families WTSHTF, in reality preppers represent the ideal American from the times of our Founding Fathers: bold independence, self-reliance, resourcefulness, and a fierce dedication to faith and family. At present, it appears Trump will protect these values. But, as Samuel Adams wisely proclaimed: “If ever time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin.”