Where Hope Lies: The Several States
It lies in state and county and local officials taking their oaths to The Constitution seriously.
It lies in people like Sheriff Tim Mueller of Linn County Oregon.
An Oregon sheriff says he will not enforce any federal regulation that President Barack Obama lays out in his package of gun control proposals Wednesday. Linn County Sheriff Tim Mueller joins several other public officials across the nation who have decided to square off with the White House even before it outlines what its plans are for expanded measures.
Mueller sent a letter to Vice President Joe Biden this week saying he won’t enforce any federal regulation “offending the constitutional rights of my citizens.” He won’t permit federal officers to come to his county to enforce such laws either, he said.
Mueller’s defiant stand exploded into a groundswell of support. His letter — posted on the department’s Facebook page — earned more than 59,000 likes and shares — and was growing by the minute.
It lies in thinking like this:
In Texas, a lawmaker said this week that he will introduce legislation that would make it illegal to enforce a federal gun ban.
“At some point there needs to be a showdown between the states and the federal government over the Supremacy Clause,” Republican Rep. Steve Toth told WOAI 1200-AM. “It is our responsibility to push back when those laws are infringed by King Obama.”
Indeed, it is time for a showdown between the forces that want to aggregate to the national government more powers than those that are enumerated in The Constitution and those of us who believe that it should be followed to the letter.
‘Legal expert’ Jeffrey Toobin, per usual, gets it wrong:
“A sheriff does not get to decide whether laws are constitutional,” he said. “Unless a court invalidates a law, he’s obligated to enforce it.”
That’s become the practice, but it is simply not the way it is or is supposed to be. All officials who take an oath to The Constitution are individually responsible for assuring that it not be violated. Further, by said oath they are obligated not to enforce any law or regulation that they believe would cause them to violate their oaths. If someone disagrees, the matter may be settled in a court of law, but oath-taking officials do have this power/responsibility. And they should not fear exercising it. It’s their duty.
The national government is beyond hope.
Whatever hope we have of restoring our freedoms and liberties lies in the Several States, much as in the 18th Century it lay in the colonies — this is where the stand against Tyranny must be made.
UPDATE on 18JAN2013 at 2141:
I am honored to have been awarded the Quote Of The Day by Doug Ross in his latest post of his always informative Larwyn’s Linx — thank you, Doug.
The TCOTS Gang has voted to give you a hearty ‘Huzzah!’ at our next meeting.