I recently read Sheriff Richard Mack’s inspiring book and I hope you’ll read it too. After finishing it, the first thing I wanted to do was buy additional copies to pass out to my local police and Sheriff. Mack tells about how quickly after he joined the police force he realized that the he was part of “taxation through citation” and his job was primarily to meet quotas. He realized that the police forced people to wear seatbelts, but the police were guilty of a greater crime of not keeping their oath to the Constitution.
His stand for the Constitution came when his lawsuit against the Clinton administration regarding the Brady Bill came before the Supreme Court. The 1997 ruling said that the federal government could not commandeer state or county officers for federal bidding. The ruling stated that the States were “not subject to Federal direction.” Justice Scalia wrote, “The Federal Government may not compel the States to enact or enforce a federal regulatory program.”
James Madison envisioned that state legislatures would “erect barriers against encroachments of national authority,” yet we see that they frequently fail to do so. He believed Sovereign States could nullify any unconstitutional encroachments by the federal government.
Mack teaches that the County Sheriff is the highest law enforcement official in their county and they have a duty to protect the people they have sworn to serve not only from criminals, but especially from lawless government. The Sheriff should not violate their oath for a judge or legislature. Their oath supercedes blindly following orders. They are not machines, but men with a conscience. The Sheriff’s job is to protect people from abuse, crimes of federal agencies.
We have no hope of changing Washington, D.C. unless we begin in our homes and counties. We need to urge our city councils to pass resolutions nullifying lawless regulations. Some may think accusing federal agencies of a crime is just inflammatory rhetoric so he reminds us of the 1998 Congressional hearing where IRS employees testified that the “IRS routinely fabricated evidence against American citizens who they knew were financially incapable of defending themselves.”
The Sheriff’s job is to protect people from tyranny.
What is tyranny? Noah Webster tells us it is arbitrary (depending on will or discretion, not governed by any fixed rules. Arbitrary power is most easily established in the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness (excessive indulgence of liberty; contempt of the just restrains of law, morality, and decorum)) or despotic (absolute power; independent of control from men, constitution or laws; arbitrary in the exercise of power) exercise of power; the exercise of power over subjects and others with a rigor not authorized by law or justice, or not requisite for the purposes of government. Hence, tyranny is often synonymous with cruelty (disposed to give pain to others; destitute of pity) and oppression.
Again, the County Sheriff is the highest law enforcement officer in the County. In 1997 the Sheriff of Nye County, NV told the Feds they would be arrested if they tried to confiscate rancher’s cattle.
A Wyoming Sheriff enacted a policy that all federal agents have to check with him before they can make arrests, serve papers, or take property after the INS erroneously raided home of U.S. citizens.
For Federal officers to take over a county is the “epitome of usurpation” and the Sheriff should not tolerate it. Any agency that violates the Bill of Rights commits treason.