It’s hard to imagine a future with Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump at the helm as an era of liberty. But this election could end up being the best thing for freedom in a long time.
In fact, I believe 2017 will be the year nullification goes mainstream.
There will be no reason for any freedom loving citizen to sit back and say, “just work within the system.” The system has given three bad options for president. And liberty loses with each one. As a result, localism will be in vogue – not necessarily out of preference, but necessity. Constitutional law and government has its back against the wall.
A project asserting robust states’ rights needs to be the next step. Civil Liberties advocates, and freedom fighters need to stop thinking of themselves as the outsiders. Be OK with being popular. The so-called fringe needs to embrace this chance to take center stage. This means opening up to conservatives, pro-lifers, Cruz supporters, National Review Republicans, Bernie supporters and any other refugees of the political process.
The same people who decried state-level resistance as destructive of the rule of law, will be clamoring to get in the ark. Open the door and let them in.
If you don’t take them – who will? Hold no grudge.
Since nullification is primarily a legal doctrine, policy differences don’t matter. You can duke it out on the floor of your state legislature.
Joshua Nuckols is a 3L at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, and am currently interning at the Rutherford Institute. When not studying law, exploring Northern Minnesota, or reading Beowulf, I do what I can to fight tyranny and live a free life. He writes for the Tenth Amendment Center, where this article first appeared.