One of the tragedies of the current misled, uninformed, and otherwise preoccupied American citizenry is the seeming apathy regarding the importance and necessity of electing constitutionalist sheriffs. In many ways, State governors and county sheriffs just might be the most important elected offices in America. It is no hyperbole to say that State governors and county sheriffs form the last line of defense against tyranny and oppression. If our governors and sheriffs do not understand the principles of freedom and federalism, there is virtually zero protection against the abuses of libertyâ€“save the right of the people to personally and individually defend liberty via the principles of God-given Natural Law. Hence, a freedom-minded sheriff is invaluable to libertyâ€™s defense. And perhaps at no time in Americaâ€™s history has it been more necessary that we elect freedom-loving sheriffs than it is today, what with the ever-growing propensity of the federal government to trample and usurp State and constitutional protections of freedom.
For example, in an almost totally non-reported incident, an armed conflict between federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) agents and a Nevada Sheriffâ€™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 murderâ€“can anyone say, â€œRuby Ridgeâ€ or â€œWacoâ€?) against the US citizenry. But BLM might be the most notorious federal police agency of all. The tactics BLM employs against western landowners sometimes border on Nazi-like. When the late, great Helen Chenoweth was an Idaho congresswoman, she tried to raise awareness of (and opposition to) this out-of-control federal agency. I urge readers to read Rep. Chenowethâ€™s interview with Michael Reagan about this subject. See it at:
According to Rep. Chenoweth, â€œBLM is taking onto themselves law enforcement that is normally saved for the State, law enforcement over motor vehicles. Theyâ€™ve written into the regulation without authority from Congress, the ability to stop vehicles or to search people, to search a place or a vehicle without warrant or process; to be able to seize without warrant or process any piece of evidence and to test people for potential DUI (driving under the influence).â€
Chenoweth continued: â€œOur founders, when establishing our system of government wanted to make sure that law enforcement was closest to the people. You and I have talked before about how important it is to make sure that you elect the very best local county sheriff because he should be regarded as the highest law enforcement officer in the area because he is accountable to the voters. They really worried about a national, a federal, law enforcement. To federalize our law enforcement is to create a situation that the pilgrims were trying to escape.
â€œWe are moving quickly to that. The Bureau of Land Management is taking onto themselves law enforcement authority that Congress never gave them. In the Federal Land Policy and Management Act that was passed in the early 1970s it made it clear that Congress said that, first, you must go to your local county sheriff for law enforcement activities.â€
Chenoweth added, â€œIn the BLM proposed rules and regulations, you canâ€™t remove any plants or soil or pick up any rocks or minerals. You canâ€™t drive on any vegetation or soil. You canâ€™t disturb soil at all. Now you canâ€™t set a foot on soil without disturbing it. You canâ€™t set a foot on a ground plant without disturbing it.â€
For the sheriff in Nye County, Nevada, BLM abridgments of liberty had gone too far. When BLM threatened to arrest the sheriff if he refused to go along with BLMâ€™s illegal searches and seizures against Nye County citizens, Sheriff Tony DeMeo countered by telling BLM in no uncertain terms that should any agent attempt to enforce BLMâ€™s unconstitutional policies, he would have his deputies arrest them. DeMeo even had his SWAT teams standing by to enforce the law AGAINST THE OUT-OF-CONTROL FEDERAL AGENCY. To put it in Sheriff DeMeoâ€™s words, â€œWeâ€™d be standing between them [BLM] and my constituents [county residents].â€ At the last minute, BLM backed off and the confrontation between the Nye County sheriffâ€™s office and the federal agency was averted.
See Sheriff DeMeoâ€™s testimony on the incident at:
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