Protecting the Individual Citizen
As the federal government increasingly disregards the Constitution and the Natural Law Rights it protects and secures for We the People, who will stand in the breach?
When the transition from public servant to tyrant is complete and the totalitarian police state becomes a reality, who will be the defenders of individual freedom?
There was a time when men acted with a clarity of moral duty and sacred honor that did not require a list, rule, or regulation. Because it was natural and expected, men like our founding fathers were willing to risk life, liberty, and property to secure individual liberty for future generations.
Pierre Corneille, a seventeenth century French poet and dramatist wrote, “Every man of courage is a man of his word.”
Since the founding of our nation, millions of our fellow citizens have served in the military, law enforcement, public office, and other areas of public trust, pledging the following solemn oath to begin their service:
I, [name], do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.
Many of today’s public officials, hand on the Bible, take this same oath, swearing to uphold it . . . How many truly understand the promise they made, and how many had their fingers crossed behind their back as they spoke those words?
It appears as if taking the oath of office has become nothing more than a routine formality, no different than clicking the “I Agree” box to those unread “terms of service” we so often encounter on the Internet.
In the final analysis, a person’s character is measured by his willingness to keep his word and by his adherence to the letter and meaning of that sworn oath.
As the most powerful elected law enforcement officer in the nation, the County Sheriff serves the people. He (or she) is obligated to maintain public safety and to defend the constitutional rights of the county’s citizens. Not appointed or hired, he has the authority to act as an independent agent of and for the people. Those who wish to centralize police power to achieve a totalitarian agenda fear the county sheriff for that very reason.
At a sheriff’s forum last year, Sheriff Chris Clinton of Towns County, Georgia, stated his position on the role of the Constitutional Sheriff. He clearly acknowledged and accepted his obligation to the citizens of his county to prevent the limitation and/or abolition of their constitutional rights, even if it means standing up to governmental pressure and demands.
If America’s founding fathers, men like George Washington, Patrick Henry, Ben Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson, had believed the maxim, “You can’t fight City Hall,” we would all be drinking tea and eating crumpets every afternoon at 4 o’clock and pledging allegiance to the Queen of England.
Our founders fought City Hall and won . . . Using the lessons learned from the oppression they endured and that victory over the tyrant King George, these men gave us the tool to preserve individual freedom – a Constitutional Republic based on Natural Law Rights, private property, and the sovereignty of each individual citizen.
Our Constitution is a contract by which thirteen sovereign states formed a central government with strictly limited powers. The central government was not and never meant to be a party to that contract. To enforce that concept, our founders gave us the Tenth Amendment – the absolute right of each state to “Just Say NO” to any usurpation of power by the central government.
Dr. Dan’s guest on Freedom Forum Radio this weekend did exactly that.
As the Sheriff of Graham County, Arizona, Sheriff Richard Mack said “NO” when three federal agents showed up at the Arizona Sheriffs’ Association meeting demanding local sheriffs enforce the background check provisions of the Brady Act anti-handgun bill. Sheriff Mack was joined by six other sheriffs from all over the US in a suit challenging the constitutionality of those “orders.”
Three years later, the Supreme Court upheld their challenge based on the Tenth Amendment.
As the highest elected law enforcement official in the nation, the County Sheriff has the authority and responsibility to protect the citizens of his county from unconstitutional excesses of the federal government.
To further this goal, Sheriff Mack formed the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association in 2011. Public servants and sheriffs who are members are sworn to uphold their oath to defend, protect, preserve, and obey the Constitution of the United States of America against all enemies foreign and domestic.
This is a discussion each of us must have with our own county sheriff. Does he believe in the Constitution of the United States, and will he take action in accordance with his oath of office? Give your sheriff a copy of the CSPOA Resolution and ask him to read it and sign it.
Join Dr. Dan and Sheriff Mack as they discuss critical issues of our time, including the Second Amendment, the role of the County Sheriff, and recent events on our southern border. Part One airs this weekend, August 9-10, Part Two airs August 16-17, and Part Three airs August 23-24. Program times are Saturday 8:00am and 9:30am and Sunday 2:30pm and 7:00pm. You can listen at THIS LINK.
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