Kelly Holt
New American
April 18, 2011

Saturday, April 16 found the national Nullify Now! tour stop in Austin, Texas, a popular destination for area activists. The vision of the Los Angeles-based Tenth Amendment Center (TAC) and WeRefuse to educate and activate Americans about nullification of unconstitutional law was shaped into the idea of Nullify Now! – successful once again in the Lone Star State.

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Based on Thomas Jefferson’s idea that, “…that every time Congress exercises powers not delegated to it — every time — it must be resisted on a state level. Thus, when states pass laws to reject unconstitutional federal “laws” — this is not rebellion — it’s duty,” TAC, WeRefuse and other grassroots organizations are spreading the Jeffersonian word about nullification.

The Austin event followed stops in Phoenix and Cincinnati, and is headed next for Los Angeles. Austin sponsors included Texans for Accountable Government (TAG) and the local branches of the Campaign for Liberty, the Libertarian Party of Texas, and Oath Keepers, with a full slate of speakers addressing a crowd of about 300 Texans.


Texas Representative David Simpson has made his own splash in the Texas Legislature, and in this year’s session, he has made bold moves to restrain the atrocities forced on Texas travelers by the TSA. Simpson filed anti-TSA bills that made it through much of the legislative process, and he is a strong proponent of state sovereignty. He noted the Biblical precedents for nullification, as well as pointing out segments of the national and state constitutions declaring that states are duty-bound to resist centralized government and unlawful legislation.

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