Sometimes this Tenth Amendment work is discouraging.
I can go weeks without getting any kind of positive public feedback. I bust out multiple bill reports every day. I write and research articles for the TAC main page. I produce my own podcast. It’s a lot of work. A lot of hours. And there are times when I sit back an wonder, is anybody even paying attention?
Then something happens and I realize, yup somebody is paying attention. The work makes a difference. The work matters.
That happened this past week. The week before, I wrote a report on an Oregon bill to limit militarization of police in the state. I didn’t think much of it until I got the email from the Department of Defense!
I seems the folks at the the Defense Logistics Agency (the DOD agency that administers the 1033 program) took issue with my characterization of mine resistant armored vehicles (MRAPS) as “essentially unarmed tanks.”
You can read the email and my response here: http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2017/03/10/department-of-defense-writes-to-the-tenth-amendment-center-on-police-militarization/
The thing I find encouraging about all of this is that if the feds thought our report was worth responding to, they must recognize that the TAC has some influence and what we say could make a difference.
That makes for a good day!