Political activism can be a grind. Day-to-day I spend a lot of time dealing with what my wife calls “the crisis of the moment.” There are always new attacks on our work, new angles of opposition and just the daily challenges thrown up by the legislative process. Honestly, it can get discouraging. So every once in a while, it’s good to just stop, take a deep breath and look at how far you’ve come.
I got to do that last week as I finished up the final proofing on our next State of the Nullification Movement report. (You can read last year’s report HERE.)
Over the past two years, there have been over 900 bills introduced that would undermine unconstitutional federal power in some way.
And dozens have passed.
Of course, we’ve still got a lot of work to do, but what we’ve done is pretty amazing – especially when you put it in context of what was going on just five years ago.
When I started working with the TAC in 2010, I could easily tell you about every nullification bill that was introduced in every state. I certainly can’t do that any more! It’s also funny looking back and remembering how excited we would get when a non-binding Tenth Amendment resolution passed in a state legislature. Today we hardly even pay attention to them.
It’s also amazing how the debate has changed. In my early TAC days, people wrote us off as extremists or racists, and nobody took nullification seriously. Today, we’ve made the anti-commandeering doctrine a household word and even the mainstream media takes our work more seriously now. Last week, I talked to an AP reporter in Missouri about a bill that would end marriage licensing.
So be encouraged. We’re going up against the most powerful government in the history of the world – and we’re making strong consistent progress!