State of the Nullification Movement Report
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True revolutionary movements rarely have a single, narrow impetus or focus. They are, as Murray Rothbard wrote, “made by mass of people, people who are willing to rupture the settled habits of a lifetime, including especially the habit of obedience to an existing government.”
Although revolutionary, the nullification movement is not a stereotypical revolution – that is, an uprising characterized by a physical upheaval against the established order. Instead, it is a deeper, more philosophical revolution.
It is a revolution in thought.
John Adams, founding father and second president of the United States, described the American revolution in much the same way. In his 1818 letter to Hezekiah Niles, he wrote:
“But what do we mean by the American Revolution? Do we mean the American war? The Revolution was effected before the war commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people; a change in their religious sentiments of their duties and obligations. … This radical change in the principles, opinions, sentiments, and affections of the people, was the real American Revolution.”
Today’s nullification movement is revolutionary because it offers the hope of smashing the established political order; an alternative to “voting the bums out” only to see them replaced by new “bums” who violate the Constitution in more costly and dangerous ways each year, or relying on the federal government to limit its own power.
This revolution of thought may still seem small at this time, but as the report shows, it grows a little bit every day. And in the words of American revolutionary John Dickinson, “Concordia res parvae crescunt.” – Small things grow great by concord.
The 2017 State of the Nullification Movement report chronicles the revolution and provides you with the information you need to join the fight.
We like to think of it as a prospectus, of sorts – an “investor’s guide” to our work here the Tenth Amendment Center.
Our monthly membership program has allowed us to do more than we ever thought possible. We’ve seen more nullification bills introduced – and PASSED – in the last few years than at any time in our history. With your help, we’re going to build on that in 2018 and the years to come.
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