Sometimes you’ve got to Lead, Follow, or Get out of the Way. As far as pushing back on unconstitutional federal power grabs, it seems that Missouri is becoming a strong leader. I think there’s something significant happening there – something to watch and learn from.
First of all, there was such a groundswell of support for HB1490 to withdraw from Common Core, that Gov. Nixon actually signed the bill into law. Nixon is no constitutionalist, but he was pressured into doing the right thing anyway.
And next week, the people will vote in a primary on two very important state constitutional amendment ballot measures. First, Amendment 5 would “obligate” the state to defend the right to keep and bear arms against all infringements.
Also, Amendment 9 would we a first step towards taking on the surveillance state, moving electronic data and communications to the same constitutional level as “persons, houses, papers and effects.” This is how it really is and should be, but is obviously ignored by the establishment. Voters in Missouri can move the ball forward with a #YesOn9.
Missouri, while it has its problems like every state does, is really a state to watch when it comes to rejecting federal power. A number of other bills passed one house in the 2014 legislative session and it’s likely that a wide range of nullification bills will be introduced in 2015. I think this shows us a good strategy. Find a champion in the state legislature on one issue, and work with that legislator on one bill. Then find another on a different issue – and another, and so on.
When thinking “What can I do for the Constitution and liberty?” This is likely your answer. We’ve got teams building on a handful of issues, and could use your help.