The Sheriff:The First Line in Defense of Liberty

I know that with election time coming up many races are filling the screen of your TV and computer. The Presidential election coming up looks to be one of the more interesting in recent times. But I am here to tell you why I believe that one race that a lot of people overlook is the most important to get involved in- Sheriff of your county.

The history of the Sheriff is many centuries old. The first written record of the Sheriff dates back to the reign of King Alfred in the 9th century. The King restructured the kingdom into “shires” and appointed “reeves” to administer his will on his subjects. These shire reeves eventually became to be known as the Sheriff.

It is interesting to note that when King John of England was forced to sign the Magna Carta in 1215, the document which introduced many concepts that were incorporated into the United States Constitution over 500 years later, that the “Sheriff” is mentioned 27 times (out of 63 clauses) in the document, and the powers of the crown to use him against the people was curtailed and defined.

When the idea of the Sheriff was brought to our shores in America, it was a lot closer to today’s idea of the Sheriff. Gone was the allegiance to the power of the state (or monarchy) but instead the allegiance was to the people who elected them. Thomas Jefferson described a Sheriff as ” the most important executive offices of the country”. High praise from a respected man.

The Sheriff in no uncertain terms is the highest law enforcement authority in his/her county. The Sheriff is elected by the people and charged to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States and that of their own state. That is their duty and they are responsible directly to the people to perform that duty. The are the law of the county.

The Sheriff’s responsibility is to protect the constitutional rights of its citizens from wherever that encroachment occurs. Most people rightly attribute crime fighting to the Sheriff. That is a major responsibility. But the Sheriff’s responsibility does not end there. If ever a citizen of a county has their constitutional rights violated by any representative of the government, the first line of defense to this intrusion if the Sheriff. If an arrest is to be made in a county, the Sheriff has the right to be informed before the arrest is made in his/her county. The Sheriff should determine that the arrest is proper, and was properly adjudicated through the courts. Our federal government is having a much higher tendency to skip due process and render judgements which are unconstitutional.

In New Mexico, Sheriff Scott London of Eddy County notified the IRS that the sale of county resident Kent Carter’s property was canceled until he received due process of law and his appeal was heard. Yes, he successfully told the IRS “no”! Sheriff Richard Mack of  Graham County Arizona was instrumental in the ruling Printz vs. United States in which parts of the Brady Bill were ruled unconstitutional. In Indiana, a farmer who produced raw milk was harassed by the FDA. They conducted warrantless searches of his property and even subpoenaed him to produce production records until Sheriff Brad Rogers interposed after inspecting the farm. He wrote the FDA a letter that stated they needed a signed court order and to get his permission before they visited the farm again. After that, a court date was cancelled and the farmer received no more inspections by the FDA. These are just a few cases that the Sheriff was involved in upholding their constituent’s rights.

Looking to the future some in Congress, the judiciary and even in the executive branch would like to get their hands on your guns or curtail your ability to carry them as seen recently in the 9th Circuit judgement that ruled concealed carry is not a constitutional right. A constitutional Sheriff would NOT allow this blatant violation of our right to keep and bear arms. That is within their power. Another flagrant violation of our rights are gun free zones. These criminal hunting grounds are unconstitutional and need to be eliminated. A constitutional Sheriff would simply ignore anyone who was caught exercising their right to carry in those zones and refuse to prosecute. The Sheriff cannot change laws, but they can protect the rights of their citizens from any encroachment from unconstitutional laws in their county. Think of recent actions by the BLM, FDA, IRS and EPA and what they could do to you if you appear on their radar.

We are lucky here in Orange County Florida for we have such a candidate running for office. His name is Spike Hopkins. He has had a long career as a law enforcement officer and has some great plans to make the Orange County Sheriff’s department more effective once again. He is well respected by his co-workers and others I have talked to. He is a congenial man yet is serious about the work of the Sheriff’s office. More importantly, he is a man who would take his constitutional oath seriously and protect the rights of Orange County citizens from encroachment. He is a member of the CSPOA (Constitutional Sheriff and Police Officers of America)  and Spike is a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment.He has made the pledge to me personally that he would never confiscate guns nor allow it to happen in his county. For those of you who say this could never happen then his actions will not be needed. For the rest of us living in reality having this protection would give each of us a confidence knowing that the Sheriff has our backs when it comes to the 2nd Amendment.

I urge you to take a look and support Spike Hopkins. A person who supports the Constitution is a very good thing these days. When they are qualified and do run for Sheriff, they need our support, money and vote. A good man who the residents of Orange County deserve as their next Sheriff is Spike Hopkins. http://www.spikeforsheriff.net/

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