One of the simplest and most effective ways to stop federal overreach is to simply cut the strings of federal funding.
The federal government imposes all kinds of unconstitutional acts on states, but sadly, state and local governments invite much of the overreach because they clamor after federal dollars.
They don’t have to.
That’s why this growing local movement to reject HUD funds is one of the most exciting things I’m seeing in the nullification movement right now. Over the last few weeks, I’ve written about at east five local governments that have said, “No thanks!” to HUD grants because they don’t want to deal with the onerous requirements that come along with them. If you haven’t seen it yet, you can read more about these HUD mandates and the movement to reject them HERE.
This is a model cities, counties and states across the country can follow across all kinds of issues – from education to the environment. Once state and local governments learn they can live without the federal money and start saying, “No!” to the funding, they will free themselves from all manner of federal control.
Speaking of local action, I am also pretty pumped about Nashville and Memphis decriminalizing marijuana. (Read about it HERE) This kind of local action further nullifies federal prohibition in effect.
I’m becoming more and more convinced effective action to stop the feds starts at the local level, builds to the state level and finally works its way up to D.C. I’m optimistic that this groundswell of local action we’re starting to see will continue to grow. I plan on looking for more ways to spark action at the city and county level as a way of jump starting state efforts.