As I pick through the rubble on another post-election Wednesday, I can’t quite figure out who the real winners and losers were in D.C.
The Democrats took the U.S. House, but the Republicans managed to strengthen their hold on to the Senate. The Blue Wave was more like a Blue Ripple. I’ve heard some pundits call the election a repudiation of Trumpism. Others say the results vindicated the president’s policies. Basically, the political landscape came out of the latest “most important election of our lifetime” a little muddled.
But here’s something crystal clear.
The nullification movement won and it won big. And this underscores the power of issue-based activism at the state and local level.
Three more states thumbed their noses at unconstitutional federal marijuana prohibition. Michigan voters approved a referendum legalizing recreational cannabis in the state, along with industrial hemp. Missouri and Utah voters legalized medical marijuana. Think about that for just a second — voters in Utah, arguably the most socially conservative state in the U.S., legalized medical marijuana despite federal prohibition.
There was also a big win for privacy in New Hampshire. Voters there approved a constitutional amendment strengthening individual privacy protections and setting the stage to undermine the federal surveillance state.
In Oregon, eight counties become “gun sanctuaries.” These voter-approved ordinances set the stage to end enforcement of both state and federal gun control.
And also in Oregon, voters said no to a measure that would have overturned the state’s 31-year-old immigration “sanctuary state” law.
Think about that. In the same state, voters said yes to effectively nullifying both federal immigration law