Exerpts form Graham County (AZ) Sheriff Richard Mack’s book “America’s Last Hope”
When the United States of America was founded the framers of our new government devised the Constitution specifically to LIMIT government in order to prevent a recurrence of the abused from King George III. Exhaustive and strenuous efforts went into the development of a system that would guarantee that those serving in government would not violate the rights of the citizens, particularly and especially, by those serving at the federal level. Checks and balances were specifically applied to limit government, to keep it off the backs of the people, and to guarantee individual rights.
Now, 232 years later, we have a Federal Government that is completely out of control and seemingly unaware of any of the limitations or checks and balances as set forth in the Constitution. We have a 11 trillion dollar debt, unsecured borders, out of control spending, huge corporations funding campaigns of both major parties, and excessive taxation and inflation. A point to bear mind here is that government cannot keep growing and have our freedom increase at the same time. It is a scientific certainty, albeit a political one perhaps, that the bigger government becomes, the smaller freedom shrinks, and at exactly the same pace. That is precisely why the Founders devised our government with few, discreet, and enumerated powers; to ensure that it would never become exactly what it is today.
Corporations and bureaucracies run America today with complete complicity from our Congress. Through fabianistic debauchery, the elitist of Washington D.C/, including those of both major parties, have turned America into a socialistic democratic dictatorship. We are a police state and a welfare state all rolled into one enormous gluttonous debt.
In 1994 by Congress passed the Brady bill which literally forced sheriff’s to become a pawn for the Federal Government and to do their bidding to promote gun control within their jurisdictions. Even more astounding was the fact that no funds were allocated for them to do this work and the Brady act contained a provision to arrest the sheriffs if they failed to comply. Wow! So here’s the U.S. Congress making an unconstitutional gun control law, requiring a county official to enforce it and pay for it, and threatening to arrest him if he refuses! What a government!
Sheriff Mack along with the support of sheriffs from Texas, Vermont, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, and Wyoming filed a lawsuit to stop the Brady bill to end this abuse. On June 27, 1997 the Supreme Court ruled that the Brady bill was in fact unconstitutional and the Federal Government could not commandeer state of county officers for federal bidding. No federal agencies could no longer do whatever they damn well pleased. The ruling stated at least three times that the States were not subject to Federal direction. More importantly, the case proved that local officials have the right, the power, and the duty to stand against the far reaching incursions by our own Federal Government. In the ruling Justice Scalia wrote for the majority, stating, “The Federal Government may not compel the states to enact or enforce a federal regulatory program.”
If we are to get American back, if we are indeed to return to the constitutional Republic we were meant to be, then it will be up to the sheriffs of America, and hopefully other local officials (and the citizens), as well, who have the gust and dedication to tell the feds that we will no longer tolerate their intervention, control, meddling, mandates, or criminal behavior. The sheriff’s job is an integral part of the American dream. If they do your job with honest and fidelity, keeping their oath to our citizens, the dream is kept alive and America will survive. Whether a sheriff likes it or not, he has given his word through a solemn oath, to uphold, defend, support, and obey the United States Constitution.