Local governments have been frustrated by President Barack Obama and his administration’s liberal policies that have crippled this great country.
One group of lawmen, known as the “Sagebrush Sheriffs” have decided that they won’t sit back and watch their country ruined. Instead, they have banded together to stand up to the big government that has tried to run them over.
The “Sagebrush Sheriffs” are also known as “constitutional sheriffs,” and they use their positions as the ultimate local law enforcement authorities to fight detrimental environmental regulation, run federal officials out of their counties, and, when necessary, break the law themselves, according to High Country News.
“The County Sheriff: America’s Last Hope,” written by Richard Mack and published in 2009, argued that because sheriffs are the “last line of defense,” it’s their duty to protect individual liberties from being choked away by an out-of-control federal government. Mack was one of the prime leaders of a movement that later transformed into the “Tea Party.”
Mack, a former sheriff of Graham County, Arizona, told High Country News that sheriffs can lead the fight to rescue America from the “cesspool of corruption” that Washington, D.C., has become by refusing to enforce federal and state laws that they deem unconstitutional, such as road closures by the Bureau of Land Management and certain gun control regulations.
According to Mack, sheriffs have the power nullify federal authority by preventing the unconstitutional laws from being enforced.
One way these sheriffs have fought back against an overbearing federal government came in the form of a letter to Obama, written by 28 of Utah’s 29 county sheriffs.
“No federal official will be permitted to descend upon our constituents and take from them what the Bill of Rights — in particular Amendment II — has given them,” the letter read, according to HCN. “We, like you, swore a solemn oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, and we are prepared to trade our lives for the preservation of its traditional interpretation.”
“There is no solution in Washington, D.C.,” Mack summed up. “If we’re going to take America back, it’s going to be at the local level.”
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