On Oct. 22, 2011, Sheriff Jon Lopey of Siskiyou County, CA hosted seven other sheriffs from CA and OR in a meeting for the purpose of stating their intentions to their constituents to make a united push against the federal government in matters mostly surrounding property rights, but inclusive in their declarations was the underlying meme that the federal government is, and has been for several years, infringing on the sovereign rights of their respective states. The following is the short speech Sheriff Lopey gave to open the meeting. The whole 1 hour and 8 minute meeting is linked in the description where all eight sheriffs can be heard from.
Now, the title of this post says this meeting is a good start, but not enough. The reason I say that is that these sheriffs need to stand up to the .fedgov concerning all the unconstitutional laws that they are “obligated” to enforce, such as federal gun control laws, the failure of Congress to limit the scope of the federal courts’ jurisdiction concerning abortion, when doing so would return the issue where it belongs, to the states to decide for themselves, the idiotic and utterly failed “war on drugs” and many other issues where the .fedgov intrudes and unconstitutionally usurps upon the states’ authority to direct their own destinies. I put “obligated” in quotes because it is my firm belief that no sheriff is obligated to enforce an unconstitutional law, nor is any citizen obligated to abide by it. When sheriffs band together on that premise, and hold meetings such as the one in the video to seek support of their county’s citizens in furtherance of it, then I will happily remove the quote marks when describing their obligations, as only then will they truly be living up to them.
That said, this is indeed a good start. I am going to email a link to the whole meeting video to my sheriff, and follow that up with sending him a DVD of it. I worked fairly closely with my sheriff during the tornado cleanup, and though I don’t know him well, my impression is that he will be receptive to the message these Patriots are trying to get out there by being so public about their organization. Receptive or not though, every county sheriff should be exposed to this video, as well as others like Pinal County, AZ Sheriff Paul Babeu:
I encourage anyone reading this who believes these people are attempting to assert rights and authorities that were intended to be reserved to them and their state legislatures for perpetuity under the Constitution, to forward a link to this video to your own sheriff. It is my belief that these people are doing everything they can to avert the chaos that will surely follow a more complete collapse of constitutional protections than the stage of decay we are suffering under at the moment.