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Where Hope Lies: The Several States

17 January 2013 @ 08:49

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.

From CNN, Ed Payne and Ric Ward reporting [tip of the fedora to Wombat-Socho’s Live At Five]:

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.

Bravo, sir.

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.

  1. 17 January 2013 @ 16:30 16:30

    I hate to be pessimistic but we know how this is going to end: The Federal government will win and our rights will be further restricted (for our own good of course.)

    • 21 January 2013 @ 00:50 00:50

      Methinks you’re right. And the rat bastards won’t even have the common courtesy to give us a reach-around.

  2. 17 January 2013 @ 19:55 19:55

    The High Sheriff has the ultimate authority in his county. He may refuse to aid state and federal officers at his discretion.

  3. Dapandico permalink
    18 January 2013 @ 08:05 08:05

    ‘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.”

    Can Jeffrey explain why the Feds aren’t enforcing immigration law?

    • 21 January 2013 @ 00:51 00:51

      How dare you ask a reasonable question, you Hobbit!

  4. theBuckWheat permalink
    18 January 2013 @ 08:26 08:26

    The more that the tyranny and outrages of the federal government project a future that is more dangerous to liberty than a Constitutional Convention might be (especially since any changes would have to be ratified by a supermajoriity of surviving states), the easier it will be to raise this possibility in public forums. When calling a Convention becomes a sufficiently real possibility, Congress and the executive branch will become conciliatory in order to thwart the loss of power. But up until that moment they will demonize anyone who advocates a Convention.

    Think Gollum and his Precious ring of power.

  5. 18 January 2013 @ 09:10 09:10

    “The national government is beyond hope.”

    I couldn’t agree more.

    DC is too alien, too big, and too ambitious. It sees itself as all-knowing and omnipotent. Our traditional liberties will continue to erode until we, the people of the sovereign States, re-assert our right of self-government.

    Here’s an organization that’s been educating folks about the real history and meaning of the Constitution and States’ Rights since 1994. I think you’ll like it:

  6. Gayle permalink
    18 January 2013 @ 12:19 12:19

    I’m so glad that more people are beginning to beat this drum. I have been for years, but it’s difficult to un-mesmerize people from the national political scene, and get them to concentrate on/get active in what’s happening at their state’s level – it’s much less “sexy”.

    And may I take this opportunity to direct your readers here:

    Thanks for this, and may this message spread far and wide.

    • 21 January 2013 @ 00:52 00:52

      I’ve been beating the same drum since I began blogging in 2008.

  7. 18 January 2013 @ 21:16 21:16

    The following two comments are transferred from the faulty version of this post that published yesterday before this one.

    Both are by indyjonesouthere…

    From 2012-01-17 @ 1242:

    It is the states that can best oppose and nullify stupidity from the federal government but it also requires individuals like this black coated regiment individual. See Douglas Wilson addressing the Idaho legislature. Such people demand politicians locate and stiffen their spines to better protect those they are supposed to serve.

    From 2012-01-17 @ 1243:

    Wilson addressing the Idaho legislature is on youtube.

  8. 21 January 2013 @ 18:04 18:04

    Bob, You are up against that bastion of political correctness, The Denver Post, today.


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