Abraham Lincoln famously said, “that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” From The Gettysburg Address
Thus we learn that the federal, so-called, government is not the real government, it is the people and the Constitution and that treason against the government is really treason against the Constitution and the people.
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Any action of the feds that increases the federal grip on the people, or diminishes the true constitutional intent of the founding documents, is the real treason. The only two things standing between the dictatorial federal government and the people are the states through the 10th Amendment and local sheriffs.
Kids of my generation grew up with cowboy and Indian movies. Almost every one of them had at least one scene where the sheriff rounded up a posse and rode off into the Badlands to catch and dispense old-west justice – usually at the end of a rope.
In the old West, the sheriff was a mighty powerful man. He still is today. As a matter of fact, the county sheriff, in his own domain, is more powerful than the President, Congress and the Supreme Court. For that we should all get on our knees and thank God because the dictatorial federal bureaucracy has totally removed itself from control by the citizens. Our petitions and pleas are ignored and the main reason our elected so-called representatives even return to their home districts is to seek re-election.
Since the election of federal legislators who truly represent the people has failed, can anyone or anything, short of outright revolution, save us? There is one public officer who has a chance. The local sheriff.
A sheriff who understands his true role in American history would have arrested the Black Panthers or anyone else who interfered with the people’s voting rights. Both Ruby Ridge and Waco could have been prevented if the local sheriffs had exercised the power they hold and forbidden the federal agents from entry into their counties. Unconstitutional IRS asset seizures will be prevented if sheriffs put their collective feet down and stop federal intervention in their counties.
Strip searches/pat-down searches and nude x-rays at airports would be stopped immediately if local sheriffs forbid TSA entry into their counties. The entire PATRIOT ACT could be negated if local sheriffs refused to allow federal agents into their counties.
By now you realize I’m not talking about Buford Pusser, the legendary sheriff made famous in the movie Walking Tall, who carried a big stick to administer justice. Nor am I talking about Sheriff Pat Garrett, the man who is credited for killing Billy The Kid. I’m thinking more along the lines of modern day sheriffs such as Richard Mack of Graham County Arizona, Dave Mattis of Big Horn County, Wyoming, Brett Barslou of Lemhi County, Idaho, and Jay Printz of Ravali County, Montana, to name a few.
Mack and Prinz rebelled when three federal agents attended a meeting of Arizona sheriffs and basically told them they would be FORCED to administer and enforce the (then new) federal Brady gun registration law, which was called the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act.
Editor’s Note: The Brady Act started the registration of guns through instant background checks.
On June 27th,1997, the sheriffs won; in Printz v. U.S. (521 U.S. 898) the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the portions of Brady that required local law enforcement agencies to enforce the provisions of the Act. Associate Justice Antonin Scalia wrote the ruling for the Court in which he explained our system of government at length.
Click HERE to read the summary of Printz v. U.S.
In the court ruling Scalia refers to the “dual sovereignty” established by the U.S. Constitution that federalism is built upon. His opinion states that the Framers designed the Constitution to allow Federal regulation of international and interstate matters, not internal matters reserved to the State Legislatures. The majority arrives at the conclusion that allowing the Federal government to draft the police officers of the 50 states into its service would increase its powers far beyond what the Constitution intends.
Finally, the majority cited previous rulings by the Supreme Court in similar situations. They relied on New York v. United States, wherein the Court ruled a Federal bill compelling States to enact legislation to provide for radioactive waste disposal was unconstitutional because it violated the Tenth Amendment; thus, a precedent was set prohibiting the Federal government from compelling a state to enforce a Federal regulatory program.
Sheriff Mack was the first of a mere handful of sheriffs who have grasped the full implications of the courts ruling. The sheriff is under no obligation whatsoever to enforce ANY federal law that violates the spirit and intent of the Constitution. The states also receive immunity from illegal federal laws via the 10th Amendment. Many states, in fact, are doing just that, but the real salvation for the people will come from local sheriffs who have the guts to stand up to the federal behemoth.
Evil and designing men have conspired together to destroy the Constitution and the system of checks and balances so that today federal judges protect the legislative and executive branches and all three have at times united against the sovereignty of the states. All have seemingly united against the individual in a betrayal of trust and possibly treason in some cases. But there is still hope for our Republic and it comes in the form of the man wearing the star.
Sheriffs can’t do it alone. They will require the people to stand behind them, either through citizen brigades or their willingness to join a posse if called on by the sheriff.
The long dormant spirit of America is reviving. The states are beginning to adopt 10th Amendment resolutions, using powers they have always had. The people are restoring our long unbalanced constitutional system.
It is entirely possible that the salvation of our Republic rests in the hands of the 50 states and approximately 36 to 70 million armed civilians and roughly 5,400 county officials holding the elective office of sheriff. The Battle for America will be decided in your county at your front door. If you act now, later you will not need to stand alone when push comes to shove.
Additional MUST reading:
“…we’re getting closer to a federal police state. That’s what we fought against 200 years ago – this massive federal government involved in the lives of people on the local level.”
Charles “Bud” Meeks, executive director of the National Sheriffs Association
Greene County’s sheriff could deputize men to resist anti-gambling task force raid
(excerpt from “Long Live the Constitutionalist Sheriff!”
“…In an almost totally non-reported incident, an armed conflict between federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) agents and a Nevada Sheriff’s SWAT team was averted only by virtue of the fact that, at the last minute, BLM backed down from the impending confrontation.
“For the record: federal police agencies have a long history of committing illegal searches and seizures (even assault and murder–can anyone say, ‘Ruby Ridge’ or ‘Waco‘?) against the US citizenry. But BLM might be the most notorious federal police agency of all…”