As much as our inner cynic would probably lead us to conclude otherwise, political action can be very valuable. Besides, if we aim to exhaust every peaceful means possible to prevent the violent effects of tyranny, we’d be remiss to ignore political action entirely in favor of apathy. What we must consider is what is and is not EFFECTIVE political action. It’s easy to get distracted by political parties, factions, and personality candidates. We must stay focused on continuing to ask the question “what will best further the cause of liberty?” and act according to the answer. We have limited resources, so we must leverage the effect of our actions to achieve the greatest impact possible.
Personally, I’ve largely given up on Federal elections, and generally only see value in State elections with specific candidates and in specific States. While States do have the ability to implement nullification and interposition against Federal tyranny, finding the willpower and courage among the elected officials to do so is no small task. Even in independent Texas, Debra Medina was unsuccessful in her campaign for governor with those principles as a large part of her platform. Probably the only notable exceptions to this is the legalization of marijuana in several States, and the variations of the Firearms Freedom Act that have been passed by a handful of States. The 10th Amendment Center is doing great work in this area, but the battle is very much uphill.
I would propose that the most important elections all take place at the County level, starting with the County Sheriff, followed by the County Prosecutor, and the rest of county government. The County Sheriff can not only refuse to enforce unconstitutional legislation and codes, he or she can actually act to prevent them from being enforced, under threat of arrest, and may even deputize the citizenry to assist in doing so. This is not insurrection or sedition, but rather the Sheriff faithfully carrying out the Oath of Office, and defending the Constitution against ALL enemies, foreign and domestic, including the alphabet soup of Federal agencies. Within the County, the Sheriff is the highest ranking Peace Officer, bar none. This provides a fully lawful, universally recognized, and already existing framework to fight against tyranny. This idea is not original to the Order of the White Rose. Sheriff Richard Mack, who along with Sheriff Printz won the SCOTUS ruling on the Brady Bill, has written on the subject. The CSPOA is an organization founded on this principle, and the Constitution County Project is an ongoing effort to actually make some aspect of it reality in Navajo County Arizona.
Recently, in Priest River Idaho, when the VA threatened to confiscate the firearms of a veteran that checked the wrong box on a form he sent to the VA, the County Sheriff, along with a group of patriots, prevented them from doing so. Ultimately, the VA backed down and claimed they never intended to confiscate his firearms in the first place. In 2011, when FDA agents were harassing raw-milk-selling dairy farmer David Hochstetler, the County Sheriff notified the FDA agents they would be arrested for trespassing if they went on his property without a warrant. The FDA backed down. Sheriff Tony DeMeo stood up to BLM in 2004 for illegally seizing cattle from Wayne Hage’s ranch in order to justify removing his water rights. Eventually the BLM came to a proper understanding of the Sheriff’s jurisdiction, but only after threatening to arrest him and being told their SWAT team would be met with the Sheriff’s if they attempted to make good on that threat.
As we can see, there is still value in political action, we just must be very careful and tactical in what action we take. We want to be effective at achieving success, and we can be. Do you have a Constitutional Sheriff in your County? If not, meet with them and see if you can educate them to become one. If you can’t, find someone to replace them, or run yourself. The impact of a County Sheriff fully acting on their Oath of Office will not only be in that specific county, but the ripple effect could very well be felt across the fabric of the nation.