Constitutional Sheriffs Are Liberty’s Brightest Light
Constitutional Sheriffs Are Liberty’s Brightest Light
by Michael Peroutka
If you are a lover of liberty in America today, you probably have gotten used to hearing and seeing “bad news”.
I’m sure that you would agree that we live in an age of lawlessness and corruption. We have a central government that has become everything that our founders feared. Indeed, Washington, DC has become a black hole of consolidated power that is bent on enslaving, impoverishing and destroying the very people it is duty bound, before the Almighty, to protect.
Rather than defend our God-given rights our government has become the abuser of those rights.
Rather than upholding law, government uses the “color of law” to break the law.
And our state and local governments, which are duty bound to interpose on our behalf and protect us from this lawbreaking, far too often assume the role of the tyrant’s local commissar. They inflict further evil upon us by trading our liberties and our property for grants and perks that are funded by our tax monies in the first place. In this way the people are double victims.
But there is some good news and I would like to share it with you.
I recently attended a meeting of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Police Officers Association. These Sheriffs and police might just be the brightest light that shines today for the cause of liberty and justice.
Headed by former Sheriff Richard Mack, these officers are dedicated to the protection of the God-given liberties of the people they represent. They are a serious band of brothers who recognize that they have taken an oath before God and that oath does not obligate them to obey courts or agencies that operate outside of the Constitution. Rather, they are committed to following the Constitution which is the Supreme Law of the Land.
Moreover, they recognize that the rights they are duty bound to defend have a divine origin. They are part of God’s created order and are fixed and unchanging. They are not subject to the will and the whims of courts and bureaucrats.
On January 24, 2014, the CSPOA published a resolution which declared, among other things, that “no agency established by the U S Congress can develop its own policies or regulations which supersede the Bill of Rights or the Constitution, nor does the executive branch have the power to make law, overturn law, or set aside law”.
The resolution also declares that certain abuses of the citizenry will not be tolerated including “arrest of citizens or seizure of persons or property without first notifying and obtaining the express consent of the local sheriff”.
This resolution deserves the support of all lovers of liberty. These sheriffs and police, having recognized their duty under God and the Constitution, are bravely stepping forward to do that duty and to defend your rights. They are deserving of your commendation and your support. I am asking you to give them your prayers, your encouragement and your financial support.
You can do this by visiting their website at www.CSPOA.com.
You should also ask your local sheriff to join this effort.
This is MAP for IOTC bringing you TAV.
Message to Sheriffs
Hello, this is MAP for Institute on the Constitution, and this message is primarily intended for those sheriffs and police officers who attended the recent CSPOA convention in Nevada.
I was pleased and honored to deliver a message at that meeting and to meet many of you in person.
As you may recall, my presentation to you was based on the idea that there is a distinct, historic and very American view of law and liberty and government. This view is based on the Biblical view of law and government and it is contained in our Declaration of Independence.
It can be summarized like this:
- There is a Creator God.
- Our Rights come from Him.
- The purpose of civil government, including the office of sheriff, is to protect and defend God-given rights.
If our thinking and our actions conform to this understanding, then and to that extent, we are acting lawfully.
When we deviate from this – when we think that law comes from courts or from federal agencies – we fall into error and we become a part of the problem rather than the solution.
In my presentation, I quoted a case where the Supreme Court of these united States got it right.
In Norton v. Shelby County, the Supreme Court opinion said this:
An unconstitutional act is not a law; it confers no rights; it imposes no duties; it affords no protection; it creates no office; it is in legal contemplation as inoperative as though it had never been passed.
If we understand this truth then I think we can agree with this conclusion:
When a sheriff or peace office refuses to enforce an unconstitutional act, he is not violating the law. Rather, he is upholding the law.
The IOTC produces courses of instruction designed to teach and reinforce this American View of law. And we stand ready to help you by developing and presenting a training program which can be designed to suit your individual needs or the needs of your office.
We believe that American sheriffs and peace officers are in need of this training and we hope that you will contact us if you agree.
Our website is www.TheAmericanView.com and you can reach me directly by emailing Michael@TheAmericanView.com or by calling the number below.
I look forward to hearing from you and to helping you to do your duty.
By the way, I am sending you a link to the presentation I made to you in Nevada. I thought you might find it useful to show a colleague or perhaps your staff.
Here is the resolution that was adopted on January 24th.
Of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association
January 24, 2014
Pursuant to the powers and duties bestowed upon us by our citizens, the undersigned do hereby resolve that any Federal officer, agent,
or employee, regardless of supposed congressional authorization, is required to obey and observe limitations consisting of the
enumerated powers as detailed within Article 1 Section 8 of the U S Constitution and the Bill Of Rights.
The people of these united States are, and have a right to be, free and independent, and these rights are derived from the “Law of
Nature and nature's God.” As such, they must be free from infringements on the right to keep and bear arms, unreasonable searches
and seizures, capricious detainments and every other natural right whether enumerated or not, pursuant to the 9th amendment.
We further reaffirm that “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are
reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.” (10th amendment)
Furthermore, we maintain that no agency established by the U S Congress can develop its own policies or regulations which supersede
the Bill of Rights or the Constitution, nor does the executive branch have the power to make law, overturn law or set aside law.
Therefore, in order to protect the American people, BE IT RESOLVED THAT,
The following abuses will not be allowed or tolerated:
1) Registration of personal firearms under any circumstances.
2) Confiscation of firearms without probable cause, due process, and constitutionally compliant warrants
issued by a local or state jurisdiction.
3) Audits or searches of a citizen's personal affairs or finances without probable cause, due process, and
constitutionally compliant warrants issued by a local or state jurisdiction.
4) Inspections of person or property without probable cause and constitutionally compliant warrants as
required by the 4th Amendment and issued by a local or state jurisdiction.
5) The detainment or search of citizens without probable cause and proper due process compliance, or the
informed consent of the citizen.
6) Arrests with continued incarcerations without charges and complete due process, including, but not limited
to public and speedy jury trials, in a court of state or local jurisdiction.
7) Domestic utilization of our nation's military or federal agencies operating under power granted under the
laws of war against American citizens.
8) Arrest of citizens or seizure of persons or property without first notifying and obtaining the express consent
of the local sheriff.
AND, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED,
that the undersigned Sheriffs, Peace Officers, and other Public Servants, do hereby denounce any acts or agencies which promote the
aforementioned practices. All actions by the Federal Government and its agents will conform strictly and implicitly with the principles
expressed within the United States Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and the Bill of Rights.
There is no greater obligation or responsibility of any government officer than to protect the rights of the people. Thus, any conduct
contrary to the United States Constitution, Declaration of Independence, or the Bill of Rights will be dealt with as criminal activity.
Signed: _______________________________________________ Date: ___________________
Sheriff orders Shane Harger to disband entire police department due to “political affiliations”
Paul Joseph Watson
January 30, 2014
UPDATE: Police Chief Shane Harger and Sheriff Richard Mack will both appear on Infowars Nightly News tonight to discuss this story. Harger is meeting with other Jemez Springs law enforcement officials tonight to discuss his position.
Image: Police Chief Shane Harger.
A police chief was detained and harassed by federal agents while traveling to a constitutional convention before returning home to be told he was being placed on administrative leave and ordered to disband his police department after signing a pledge to uphold the bill of rights.
Police Chief Shane Harger of the Jemez Springs, NM Police Department was flying out of Albuquerque Airport last week on his way to a Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association (CSPOA) convention taking place in Las Vegas. CSPOA is an organization headed up by Sheriff Richard Mack under which law enforcement officers gather to re-affirm their commitment to uphold and defend the Constitution.
Before passing security, Harger was approached by a TSA agent who asked the police chief to show his credentials. Moments later, a man claiming to be a “federal agent” also asked to see Harger’s credentials before telling him he was a “person of interest.” The federal agent then demanded to know where Harger was traveling to and why.
When Harger told the federal agent he was attending the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association Convention in Las Vegas, he was detained for 35 minutes before finally being allowed to board the airplane.
On Tuesday January 28, a day after his return, Harger was placed on administrative leave and ordered by Sandoval County, NM, Sheriff Douglas C. Wood to disband his entire police department due to his “political affiliations”.
What were his political affiliations? While attending the convention, Harger, along with 38 other police officers, signed a declaration affirming their pledge to “obey and observe” the U.S. Constitution, in addition to refusing to carry out unconstitutional orders such as gun confiscation without constitutionally compliant warrants, violations of the 4th amendment without probable cause, detainment or incarceration of citizens without probable cause, or working with the military for domestic law enforcement.
In other words, Harger was targeted for federal harassment and subsequently suspended for re-affirming his belief in the very Constitution he took an oath to uphold and protect in order to become a police officer in the first place.
“Despite having received a meritorious commendation from the Mayor of Jemez Springs on January 22, 2014, it seems that no one in the village government is willing to come to the assistance of Harger. It appears that Harger’s stance to defend and uphold the Constitution has put him and his entire department of ten part-time and volunteers out of business,” writes Vincent Finelli.
“I was at the convention and I never saw nor heard anyone say nor do anything that was a violation of any law. The CSPOA convention was an assembly of peace-loving Americans who just wanted to uphold their oath of office, that being to support and defend the US Constitution and Bill of Rights for all of us, We The People,” adds Finelli.
Harger’s treatment is yet another disturbing indication that the federal government, in addition to law enforcement authorities, view Americans who support the bill of rights as domestic extremists. Harger’s position as Chief of Police also shows that they are desperate to prevent citizens who identify as constitutionalists, tea partiers or libertarians from holding any position of influence within law enforcement or society in general.
Harger’s potential dismissal for his patriotic and constitutional “political affiliations” is a chilling reminder that such positions are not only not welcomed but actively discriminated against by the federal government.
This article was posted: Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 12:28 pm