Portions of this article are taken from the book “They Fired The First Shot 2012” and from the “American Patriot News Local State & Taylor County”
Is Your Sheriff a “Constitutional Sheriff”?
In his book, The County Sheriff, America’s Last Hope, Sheriff Richard Mack addressed his sheriffs: “Whether you like it or not, you have given your word through a solemn oath, to uphold, defend, support, and obey the United States Constitution. And, just in case you are wondering, sheriffs are part of the Executive branch of government. Along with the President, we are the executors of the law; and what is the supreme law of the land? The United States Constitution! Therefore, what is our supreme duty and responsibility? That’s right! To protect and defend, the U.S. Constitution! There is nothing we could do, that could come even close to justifying any peace officer in this country failing to keep his oath of office. Keeping that oath is what makes our constitutional Republic unique and effective.” Sheriff Mack took a stand and defended the Constitution against the Clinton Administration in 1994. His victory proved that the Sheriff is the ultimate law enforcement authority in his county and in this country. Sheriff Mack’s book should be read by every citizen, police officer, and each sheriff of the United States.
In upholding his oath the county sheriff has the authority to stop any unconstitutional actions. He can forbid officials from coming into his county to seize property, bank accounts, levy fines, or from blocking the use of your personal property. He can go after any federal government, agency, state or local governments when they do not comply with the US Constitution. As we’ve seen, our governments are under the false premise that they can do anything they want to us even though they have sworn a sacred oath to uphold and defend the Constitution. They violate the Bill of Rights, and our principles of freedom expecting us to defend ourselves in court. Most courts are unreachable by most American citizens as defending ourselves can be costly beyond our means and could end up being a full-time job.
So what is the solution? County commissioners should be defending the people just as city councilmen should be defending the people. The sheriff is the bottom line and is the last line in the sand in defending us against tyranny and against the federal government, local government, and state governments. Sheriff Mack said “If it’s just one sheriff in one county here and there, they can win, but if there’s hundreds, there’s no way, there’s no stopping our protecting the nation from tyranny. And that’s what we’ve said with our Constitutional Sheriff Convention and movement, is that if we get several hundred sheriffs doing this, there is no way that it could ever be stopped.”
Many of us have met and have heard Brevard County Sheriff, Wayne Ivey, speak at local events. We are fortunate that he elected to attend Sheriff Mack’s convention. Sheriff Ivey recently told a crowd at the Brevard912 meeting that he attended the Florida Sheriffs Association conference in January. He told us that all the Florida sheriffs said that they would stand up for the Second Amendment. That was very reassuring for the constitutional patriots in attendance to hear. However, when a blog came out declaring the same – that every Florida sheriff, all 67 of them, were Constitutional sheriffs and that they would stand up for the Second Amendment it was a red flag for Oath Keepers. They suggest that this notion appears to have come from a rather “wishy-washy resolution” passed by the Florida Sheriffs Association on January 29, 2013. Supposedly, only 50 or so sheriffs attended the conference, and a majority of those voted for the resolution! We should all have a problem with that! The Oath Keepers do not want us to have a false sense of security and they have not let the misinformation go unchallenged. They have expressed that there are some sheriffs in Florida who would seize your guns in a heartbeat if they thought it would further their political ambitions. A recent example – Florida sheriff (Pinellas County) is enforcing a little known county ordinance. Did he attend the conference? If so, how did he vote? See his plan: http://thegunwriter.blogs.heraldtribune.com/12451/sheriff-gualtieris-background-check-plan/. Oath Keepers go on to say that there are some very good sheriffs who would stand up with their citizens and protect them from any infringement of their God-given rights. So, how can we be sure that our sheriff is a Constitutional sheriff and not just playing politics? When we read statements made by our sheriff, we need to look at the language used. Look how the words are parsed. The National Sheriffs Association Second Amendment statement refers to “rights conferred by the Second Amendment”. This is totally wrong! Our rights are not given by the Second Amendment or by any document or by the government. They are natural rights. We must remember that anything given to us by the government can be taken away by the government.
Another trap sheriffs fall into is when they make statements like “no deputy in my office will ever come after or seize a lawfully owned weapon from law-abiding citizens”. If some court or congress or dictator decides to make a law outlawing your gun, then it is not a lawfully owned weapon and you are no longer a law-abiding citizen.
We, along with our Sheriff, must research and study the founding documents like The Federalist, the Constitution and other documents of the day if we are to have a chance of keeping our rights. The Preamble to the Declaration of Independence states: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness”. During the Founders’ time, alienable simply meant that a lien could be placed against something, much as a mortgage is placed on your home. These rights are unalienable. Therefore, no encumbrance could ever be placed upon these natural, God-given rights. Being that these rights are unalienable, they cannot be changed – not by congress, not by an executive order, not even by an amendment.
The following is a quote from the closing paragraph of the Utah Sheriffs’ Association January 17, 2013 letter to President Obama. It has one error (see if you can spot it), but pay close attention to the tone. “We respect the Office of the President of the United States of America. But, make no mistake, as the duly-elected sheriffs of our respective counties, we will enforce the rights guaranteed to our citizens by the Constitution. No federal official will be permitted to descend upon our constituents and take from them what the Bill of Rights- in particular Amendment II- has given them. We, like you, swore a solemn oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, and we are prepared to trade our lives for the preservation of its traditional interpretation.”
This is the mindset we should all expect of our sheriff. I pray that Sheriff Ivey is in agreement with us and with the Utah Sheriff’s Association.