Wolves of Liberty
Nullification – it’s all the rage these days – and a big part of that effort is educating Sheriffs across the country about their constitutional duties as the ultimate law enforcement power broker in their county. Thanks to retired Arizona Sheriff Richard Mack and his strategy of No Sheriff Left Behind, a number of Sheriffs are beginning to stand up to federal tyranny as they exercise their authority as a county’s top cop. Finally, the false meme of federal supremacy over the states is beginning to crumble.
Some Sheriffs were already out of the gate. Joe Arpaio is charging full speed ahead with arresting and rounding up illegal immigrants, regardless of federal Judge Susan Bolton’s opinion. The federal judge recently blocked most of the tougher provisions in Arizona’s SB1070 law, but that has not stopped the Arizona Sheriff from continuing to do his job.
Another Arizona top cop, Sheriff Paul Babeu, recently stated the federal government has become the enemy of the people. Both Arpaio and Babeu are now targets for assassination by Mexican drug cartels with the addition of a $1 million dollar contract placed on Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s life. Recently, The Police Chief of Rocky Point, AZ, Chief Erick Landagaray Macias, was seriously wounded during an assassination attempt. By tying Arizona’s hands and sending a message to the drug cartels that its business as usual, Judge Susan Bolton just painted a huge target on the backs on may law enforcement officials in Arizona. If the cartels are successful, then blood will stain the hands of Obama, Holden, and Judge Bolton. May it never wash off.
Just how irresponsible is our federal government acting? Imagine if the Mexican drug cartels put a $1 million dollar assassination contract out on Obama. As it stands, I guess the fact that its only a couple of Sheriff’s means little in Obama’s entitled land of the elites. To Obama, what’s a few dead Sheriff’s and citizens if he can enact his political agenda while abrogating his responsibility to uphold the Constitution? The fact is our government is failing to enforce its own laws and fulfill its responsibilities. The recent brazen actions and threats of drug cartels against law enforcement are emboldened by a federal judge and a complete lack of action on the part of Obama to fulfill his Constitutional obligations. That the only action taken by Obama and his band of merry half-wits is a lawsuit to block any successful enforcement of a duty they refuse to discharge only shows to what putrid depths of despotism the administration and our president are willing to plunge.
Here is one case of a Sheriff actually stood up to the federal government, stared them down, and won.
Tony DeMeo, Sheriff of Nye County, Nevada, he explains that he is a Constitutional Sheriff and that authority for public office holders is derived from the people. He tells the story about how he used the Constitution as his foundation in the saga of Nye County rancher Wayne Hage’s disputes over encroachments by the federal government. While Wayne Hage’s case centered around property rights in federally managed lands, Sheriff Tony DeMeo’s example is relevant for everyone to understand the power of local government, the importance of following the Constitution and upholding the Tenth Amendment (states’ rights and sovereignty).
Wayne Hage, the author of “Storm Over Rangelands, Private Rights in Federal Lands” owned the Pine Creek cattle ranch in Nye County. Wayne Hage wrote his book after suffering illegal cattle seizures by armed federal agents and chronicled the history of how the robber baron bankers and railroad magnates monopolized the western states over 100 years ago. Hage wrote that the northern core financiers were aware that there are two ways to monopolize any resource, “One, get all of it for yourself that you can; two, keep anybody else from getting what you can’t.” Public Lands and National Forests were created along with restrictive regulations, using environmental protection as the excuse…
…In the late 1990?s, before Sheriff DeMeo took office, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), an agency of the Department of Interior, seized more of Hage’s cattle off of his ranch, using armed federal agents. The sheriff at that time left town on a fishing trip.
Subsequently, when Sheriff DeMeo took office in 2003, he told his deputies that illegal cattle seizures were prohibited and that any federal agents attempting to confiscate cattle would be arrested. Shortly thereafter, the BLM arrived at Hage’s ranch to perform a seizure. The Sheriff’s Deputy told the federal agents that there would be no seizure or taking of cattle, per DeMeo’s decision based on the Constitution. The Deputy was told that the BLM federal agents intended to arrest DeMeo and use armed force to take Hage’s cattle. Sheriff DeMeo advised the federal agent that their SWAT team would be faced with Sheriff DeMeo’s SWAT team if they proceeded.
Sheriff DeMeo clearly stated that he refused any unlawful seizures on Wayne Hage’s estate. He further advised federal agents that if they could produce a lawful court order for seizing cattle, he would not take the cattle off of the land, but impound them there on Hage’s ranch. This is important because if seized cattle were to remain impounded on Hage’s ranch, then Wayne Hage could still show ‘beneficial use’ of his water rights
Watch in particular the second video. The fact a local Sheriff had to explain the Constitution to federal officials is mind-numbing in and of itself.
As we move forward in this age of federal usurpation, look for more Sheriffs to stand up and assert their constitutional powers. The time to switch from the sexiness of national electoral politics is over. It is quite clear that since government never shrinks, its continued growth can only occur at the expense of one thing – your liberty and freedom. The time for state level nullification is here. The time for Sheriffs to stand up is here. The time for passive-aggressive non-violent civil disobedience is here. The time for guts, determination, grit, and resolve is upon us. To understand these men, we must look to statements of great leaders of our past. To understand once again what it takes to preserve liberty, we must be prepared to fight for it at all costs and always remember that anything worth saving comes with a price. Liberty was not secured for this country by men sitting around and talking about it. It’s price, for many, was high indeed. The choice to give in to federal tyranny of fight it tooth-and-nail is a decision that can wait no longer.
Read Sheriff Mack’s The States Can Stop Obama. Buy and read the book by Thomas E. Woods, Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century.
Meet and hear Mr. Woods speak about nullification at one of many tour stops on the Nullify Now tour, hosted by the Tenth Amendment Center – a site which everyone should bookmark and read as often as possible. The next stop is Labor Day weekend in Ft. Worth, TX. What better day to attend? Recall the meaning of Labor Day. In the aftermath of the deaths of a number of workers at the hands of the US military and US Marshals during the 1894 Pullman Strike, President Grover Cleveland put reconciliation with Labor as a top political priority. Whatever one may think of modern day unions, this day is a clear reminder of federal tyranny. What better day to learn about nullification? Instead of a few hot dogs, some beer and spending time with your family, how about learning how to save your family from a future of perpetual serfdom?
As you contemplate the difficult road ahead, I ask you to recall the words of Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Patrick Henry:
“40,000 British troops cannot force 300 million Indians to do what they will not do”…Mahatma Gandhi
“If you have never found something so dear and so precious to you that you will die for it, then you aren’t fit to live. You may be thirty-eight years old, as I happen to be, and one day, some great opportunity stands before you and calls upon you to stand up for some great principle, some great issue, some great cause. And you refuse to do it because you are afraid. You refuse to do it because you want to live longer. You’re afraid that you will lose your job, or you are afraid that you will be criticized or that you will lose your popularity, or you’re afraid that somebody will stab you or shoot at you or bomb your house. So you refuse to take the stand. Well, you may go on and live until you are ninety, but you are just as dead at thirty-eight as you would be at ninety. And the cessation of breathing in your life is but the belated announcement of an earlier death of the spirit. You died when you refused to stand up for right. You died when you refused to stand up for truth. You died when you refused to stand up for justice”…Martin Luther King, Jr.
“No man, Mr. President, thinks more highly than I do of the patriotism, as well as abilities, of the very worthy gentlemen who have just addressed the House. But different men often see the same subject in different lights; and, therefore, I hope it will not be thought disrespectful to those gentlemen if, entertaining as I do opinions of a character very opposite to theirs, I shall speak forth my sentiments freely and without reserve. This is no time for ceremony. The question before the House is one of awful moment to this country. For my own part, I consider it as nothing less than a question of freedom or slavery; and in proportion to the magnitude of the subject ought to be the freedom of the debate. It is only in this way that we can hope to arrive at truth, and fulfill the great responsibility which we hold to God and our country. Should I keep back my opinions at such a time, through fear of giving offense, I should consider myself as guilty of treason towards my country, and of an act of disloyalty toward the Majesty of Heaven, which I revere above all earthly kings.
Mr. President, it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the number of those who, having eyes, see not, and, having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it.
I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging of the future but by the past. And judging by the past, I wish to know what there has been in the conduct of the British ministry for the last ten years to justify those hopes with which gentlemen have been pleased to solace themselves and the House. Is it that insidious smile with which our petition has been lately received? Trust it not, sir; it will prove a snare to your feet. Suffer not yourselves to be betrayed with a kiss. Ask yourselves how this gracious reception of our petition comports with those warlike preparations which cover our waters and darken our land. Are fleets and armies necessary to a work of love and reconciliation? Have we shown ourselves so unwilling to be reconciled that force must be called in to win back our love? Let us not deceive ourselves, sir. These are the implements of war and subjugation; the last arguments to which kings resort. I ask gentlemen, sir, what means this martial array, if its purpose be not to force us to submission? Can gentlemen assign any other possible motive for it? Has Great Britain any enemy, in this quarter of the world, to call for all this accumulation of navies and armies? No, sir, she has none. They are meant for us: they can be meant for no other. They are sent over to bind and rivet upon us those chains which the British ministry have been so long forging.
And what have we to oppose to them? Shall we try argument? Sir, we have been trying that for the last ten years. Have we anything new to offer upon the subject? Nothing. We have held the subject up in every light of which it is capable; but it has been all in vain. Shall we resort to entreaty and humble supplication? What terms shall we find which have not been already exhausted? Let us not, I beseech you, sir, deceive ourselves. Sir, we have done everything that could be done to avert the storm which is now coming on. We have petitioned; we have remonstrated; we have supplicated; we have prostrated ourselves before the throne, and have implored its interposition to arrest the tyrannical hands of the ministry and Parliament. Our petitions have been slighted; our remonstrances have produced additional violence and insult; our supplications have been disregarded; and we have been spurned, with contempt, from the foot of the throne! In vain, after these things, may we indulge the fond hope of peace and reconciliation. There is no longer any room for hope. If we wish to be free — if we mean to preserve inviolate those inestimable privileges for which we have been so long contending — if we mean not basely to abandon the noble struggle in which we have been so long engaged, and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon until the glorious object of our contest shall be obtained — we must fight! I repeat it, sir, we must fight! An appeal to arms and to the God of hosts is all that is left us!
They tell us, sir, that we are weak; unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house? Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance by lying supinely on our backs and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot? Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power. The millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations, and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us. The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. Besides, sir, we have no election. If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The war is inevitable — and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come.
It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace — but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”…Patrick Henry
Are you awake yet?