Who do you go to when your rights are threatened or violated? What office has the ultimate authority to protect our basic liberties, be it freedom of speech, assembly, from illegal search and seizure, rights of property and privacy, to bear arms, matters of faith and equality of treatment at the hands of the public or a government agent like the police, IRS or FBI? A Supreme Court ruling gives that authority to your elected county sheriff and his/her deputies.

The 1997 U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Mack/Printz vs. U.S., “The Federal Government may not compel the states to enact or enforce a federal regulatory program.” The ruling includes “local or municipal authorities … within their respective spheres.”

Historically, county sheriffs “won the west” by establishing law and order as the pioneers settled it. Life was simpler then, and so was the law. It was easier to determine what was right and wrong than it is in today’s complex, rapidly changing techno-society. To address that challenge, the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association was founded to educate and help sheriffs across the nation to understand and better execute their oaths of office to protect and defend the United States Constitution and citizens.

Thus, we the people have a rational moral imperative to support the office of county sheriff. That goes beyond encouragement to include educating ourselves and electing constitutional sheriffs — people who fully understand the oath they’ve sworn to uphold. (standupforliberty.com).

(3) comments

morkvejen

Awesome article. Yes one county at a time. If we are to take our rights, truely be protected by our sherriffs and deputies from the "bd guys coming to take our freedoms from us under the US Constitution and bill of rights. "

Makes you think will,our Sherriff department really stand up against the feds and other government that wants to over step their bounds and do what they want? Does the sherriff and deputies really know and,understand the oath they took and take it very seriously? How much training do they have when,it comes to this issue? Is there a place they can go to be well trained in how to deal with those bullies? Cspoa, Sherriff Mack is doing excellent training ? Books to help

Thanks

DFSS

How often do sheriff's offices attempt to obtain judgments to protect the constitutional rights of their citizens? Is it more than their citizens' attempts to obtain judgments from the sheriff's offices under the cause of action codified in 42 US Code § 1983? If the latter number is higher, that would suggest they oppose the constitution more than they support it. How much case law do they know aside from Castle Rock v. Gonzales, where the Supreme Court decided that law enforcement does not have a duty to protect? You'd hope that the sheriff's offices would have at least a fundamental understanding of the highest law of the land, but collectively they appear to rely too much on the judicially created doctrine of qualified immunity when sued for violating constitutional rights for that to be the case.

DFSS

You seem confused. Like a good sovereign citizen, are you just regurgitating what you heard somewhere without looking into it yourself? Where in the Supreme Court decision you referenced does it suggest that elected county sheriffs and their deputies have "the ultimate authority to protect our basic liberties, be it freedom of speech, assembly, from illegal search and seizure, rights of property and privacy, to bear arms, matters of faith and equality of treatment at the hands of the public or a government agent like the police, IRS or FBI"? Because it sure seems like that Supreme Court decision just reaffirmed that the dual sovereignty doctrine prohibits the federal gov't from compelling state actors to enact or enforce federal regulatory programs.

Can you at least show where in the Supreme Court's decision, they say that the sheriff's office has the authority to prevent the federal gov't from enacting or enforcing federal regulatory programs themselves? If not, I don't see how anything you claimed, even when viewed in the light most favorable to you, is relevant, unless you're just shilling for the organization you mentioned.

Even if I assume you aren't deliberately displaying a lack of integrity, you sure do leave me wondering if all sheriff's organizations are this confused about the U.S. Constitution and its case law. Good job.

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