Over the past several months, Republican governors have grown in their willingness to boldly pass conservative laws. Ron DeSantis of Florida, Greg Abbott of Texas, and others have signed bills outlawing critical race theory in public schools, increasing border security, and enacting constitutional carry.
Perhaps for the first time in decades, Republican governors are legislating as if their states’ policies matter far more in protecting their citizens’ rights than any law from the federal government. Because they do.
The spirit behind this trend is best summarized by Abbott’s response to the Biden administration’s rampant failures. In June, the governor signed a resolution “asserting Texas sovereignty under the 10th Amendment over all powers not granted to the federal government by the US Constitution.”
Abbott and his fellow Republican governors rightly recognize that stemming unfettered illegal immigration, ensuring that children are not indoctrinated into racism, and removing barriers for self-defense are critical policy moves. However, few governors have taken similarly meaningful steps to end