Remember the IRS scandal that emerged due to the investigations into conservative groups, and denials of tax-exempt status to those groups. Well, that prompted conservatives, across America to protest, their abysmal treatment by the IRS, and guess what they ran into during their protests. The Department of Homeland Security at most IRS protest sites, acting as a national policing agent, to protect government agencies, against citizen protestors. That’s right, not local or state police, but the Department of Homeland Security. (head scratcher, indeed.)
So, by this time, you should probably be asking yourself obvious questions about how the federal government sees the function of policing agents across America, and how it affects state sovereignty? If you are, then you’re not the only one because law enforcement officers from every corner of the country are also asking themselves the same questions, and they are speaking out about how this is affecting their jobs.
During the last weekend in May, The Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association hosted their 2013 convention in the heartland of the country, St. Charles County, Missouri. The CSPOA is an organization that supports law enforcement, 2nd and 10th amendment rights, and encourages the support of and participation by of the community to help law enforcement protect constitutional principles and freedoms. The disturbing trend, of requiring police to enforce laws, that are unconstitutional, is increasingly disturbing to those, who took an oath to defend it.
Sheriff, Richard Mack, founder of CSPOA, was on hand to punctuate the importance of constitutional freedoms and the support of law enforcement in that effort.
“Traditionally the law enforcement roll has been one of writing tickets, keeping the peace, going to bar fights, and especially of sheriffs in serving papers for the courts. The routine law enforcement duties that get portrayed on television and movies, that’s what we think law enforcement is. . . . We get brainwashed into believing some of that stuff. . . . The sheriff is the ultimate authority in the county and the roll can no longer be that we just sit back and let the government abuse citizens and destroy farms and lively hoods and families, and do nothing about it. You know, this whole conference is about one thing. I’m a public official. I had an opportunity to stand for freedom. Some will say, I chose not to. We are dealing with sheriffs and county officials and state officials to say, I will do something about it.”
With a huge line up of speakers, from law enforcement officials, to patriot organizations, to elected officials, attendees certainly came away with the feeling that there is a faction of community that supports the peaceful reclaiming of America.
One of the speakers in Friday’s presentation was Sheriff David Clarke, Jr. Sheriff Clarke was criticized by the mayor of Milwaukee for and interview he gave in which he encouraged citizens to arm themselves as their first line of defense.
I came away from this convention with a refreshing sense of relief. Most often, citizens do not get the chance to get this perspective from law enforcement, in their communities or across the nation. Remember, the Obama administration is forming a national police force that does not answer to the people. The reality is, there are many, many constitutionally minded law enforcement officials who want to embolden law-abiding citizens to fight for their own freedom. They also encourage them to hold their elected accountable for their actions in maintaining rights through their actions in the legislature.
One of the CSPOA convention organizers, Lincoln County Missouri Police Chief Larry Kirk, made this comment on the first day of the conference.
“This is an opportunity for law enforcement officers, who are truly in touch with what’s going on nation-wide and in their communities. We have to start speaking out on these things. For far too long police chiefs have been nothing but speaking points for their mayors to use, and they have used them, some way, politically. Sheriffs have been concerned they would lose votes if they said something. And I think [now] a lot of them are saying, ‘This is my responsibility, this is my job and the oath that I took, and I need to go ahead and step forward and start pointing out things that are going wrong.’”
Kirk went on to explain that he, and other officers do not want to work in an environment where they may have to violate someone’s rights.
“This is chiefs and sheriffs, and they are finally able to come out and say here’s what’s going on, Here’s where we stand on these issue and we need your support, as citizens, and we need to get more support of the community so we can start standing up to these things.”
So, if you want to maintain a law enforcement arm to your government that actually answers to the citizens, and not to local bureaucrats or national government agencies, consider your roll in maintaining an elected sheriff in your county, and electing constitutionally minded officials who do less to diminish the founding principles on which our liberties were built.