Nate, I understand your sentiment. I also believe that if our backs are against the wall, we may need to offer comprimises which we can live with, instead of having no say at all.
BUT (and this is a very important "but"), we are nowhere near the point where our back is against the wall. Well, unless you live in New York State. I feel bad for those folks, but as a resident of a different state, I have no say in what goes on there. It is their fight.
As far as federal action goes, I don't think anything will get through congress, except for the most harmless of window-dressing...if that...