Do You Have a Constitutional County Sheriff?

Your Sheriff Could Be Your Greatest Health Freedom Ally

OUR STAND

  • To protect your rights, particularly during times of emergency, citizens need to ensure that they’re represented by a constitutional sheriff.
  • Email your sheriff using our sample letter to ask if they’re committed to protecting your freedom, and invite him or her to the America’s Last Hope conference in Lynchburg, Va., on September 30. Afterward, call them to follow up.
  • Before an election, get to know your sheriff candidates and their stance on constitutional rights — regardless their political affiliation.
  • Once a sheriff is elected, build a relationship with him or her and keep the lines of communication open.
  • Provide your sheriff with a copy of Richard Mack’s book, The County Sheriff: America’s Last Hope.
  • Watch Stand for Health Freedom’s video on how to talk to — and build a relationship with — your sheriff.

Sample Email to Your County Sheriff

I am writing, first and foremost, to thank you for your service to our county. I know that 2020 has been a difficult time to stand for righteousness, as law, order and common sense seem to be crumbling before our very eyes — across the nation and around the globe.

As you know we’re at a critical time in America, and history is being written every day. Over the last several months, the autonomy of our citizens has been greatly diminished by claims that measures “for the greater good” supersede constitutional rights. Everywhere we turn, we see reminders to “do our part” to “flatten the curve.” Public officials are issuing hundreds of mandatory measures without regard to how everyday people are affected — or if their measures violate our beliefs or negatively impact our health.

We’re headed down a slippery slope and nearing a time when, in order to participate in society (e.g., attend public events, enroll in school or shop in community businesses) we will be required to adhere to mandates that are influenced by special interests — mandates that very well may conflict with our own personal beliefs and needs. In the words of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, “The Constitution protects us from our own best intentions.”

I and many other Americans believe that “the Constitution cannot be suspended for the crisis of the day.” Your oath of office makes it clear that your primary duty is “to protect individual liberty and God-given rights,” despite competing interests.

During this pandemic, constitutional sheriffs across the nation have been stepping up to defend their constituents’ rights, pushing back against draconian mask mandates and business shutdowns.

Earlier this year, Sheriff Scott Nichols of Franklin County, Maine, refused to enforce a “police state” order from his state’s governor. Instead, he wrote on his department’s Facebook page: “The Sheriff’s Office will not purposefully go out and stop vehicles because they are on the road or stop and ask why people are out and about … This is not Nazi Germany or Soviet Russia where you are asked for your papers!”

In February, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed legislation requiring the state’s sheriffs to remove firearms from individuals who posed a threat to themselves or others. Some New Mexico sheriffs, including Tony Mace of Cibola County, said the new law oversteps citizens’ constitutional rights. “We don’t work for the governor, we don’t work for the legislature,” he said in an Associated Press report. “We work for the people that elected us into office.” Even after Gov. Grisham called for the resignation of sheriffs opposing the legislation, Mace continued his quest for liberty. In May, he was among a dozen New Mexico sheriffs, mostly from rural areas, who declared their counties Second Amendment sanctuaries, vowing to stand against the state’s attempts to nullify citizens’ gun rights.

Though they are in the minority nationwide, these sheriffs take their oaths of office seriously and demonstrate regularly that they are committed to upholding the Constitution at all costs.

So, Sheriff, I ask you: Are you a constitutional sheriff? Do you promise to uphold your oath and protect liberty in all circumstances?

I’m eager to hear your response, and I also want to invite you to join your peers at a special one-day event hosted by the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association on September 30 in Lynchburg, Virginia. The conference, America’s Last Hope, will examine topics ranging from the powers and duties of sheriffs, to gun control and COVID-19 orders. You can learn more and register at CSPOA’s website.

I look forward to discussing how we can work together to uphold our personal liberties that are under great attack.

Have a question or need help?

Call to Action

Across the nation, individual liberties are under attack.

You might be feeling the tension and effects of government overreach in the form of mask mandates, disruptions to business and schooling, and restrictions on how you socialize. Through all of this you might be wondering, “Who are my allies?”

Sheriff Richard Mack, founder of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association (CSPOA), says it’s a sheriff’s duty to ensure that individual liberties are not trampled — even when unconstitutional laws are claimed to be “for the greater good.”

“The Constitution protects us from our own best intentions,” Mack said, including policies put into place “for the greater good” during times of national strife such as a pandemic. His statement is based on the majority opinion written by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in his Printz v. United States ruling. The 1997 case was a landmark states’ rights ruling in the favor of sheriffs, including Mack, who sued the federal government.

Health freedom advocates know there’s not solid scientific evidence to demonstrate that masks prevent the spread of COVID-19’s microscopic particles. Wearing them increases the risk of bacterial skin and lung infections, restricts oxygen flow, subjects wearers to increased levels of carbon dioxide, and poses mental health and personal safety concerns. Mask-wearing has also been shown to increase a person’s susceptibility to COVID.

Still, policies instated for the greater good to curb the spread of COVID-19 are being enforced at the school, city, county and state level in many parts of the country. These mandates leave many individuals feeling like they have no choice whether they can expose their face in public.

Desperate for bodily autonomy, individuals who struggle to breathe while wearing masks — or who feel that wearing them poses a danger — may feel stifled in their attempts to speak out against mask mandates, which are backed by fines and even jail time in some states. Some experts are concerned that these unfounded decrees are merely a “practice run” for further medical coercion.

“I really don’t think they’re going to force us [to be vaccinated], said Richard Mack, former sheriff of Graham County, Arizona, and author of The County Sheriff: America’s Last Hope. “They’re going to make it to where you can’t live without a COVID-19 vaccine, just like they are doing with the masks — you can’t travel, you can’t shop, you can’t go anywhere,” he continued. “The mask thing is just social engineering, getting us ready for the vaccination.”

Thirty-five percent of Americans said in a Gallup poll they would decline a COVID-19 vaccine, even if it were made available free of charge. But Mack suggested that, unless the American public acts quickly to take back their constitutionally bound rights, they may find themselves with little or no choice.

“The sheriff has to start a campaign to educate everyone before that day happens. The sheriff is the top executor of the law and doesn’t answer to anyone but the people,” Mack remarked. Mack went onto say that sheriffs can and should fight against attacks on the Bill of Rights with the help of a local militia, a posse of supporters who stand with the sheriff. “No one can supersede the authority of the sheriff, and they need to make that clear to everyone.”

According to Mack, Sheriffs even have the authority to re-open businesses whose operating licenses have been taken away for not following unjust laws (e.g., adhering to reduced capacity requirements in bars and restaurants under a declared health emergency).

Because of the unique role that sheriffs play in relation to the Constitution, it’s important that voters understand that role to ensure they elect someone who will adhere to the oath of office that all law enforcement officers take. The sixth article of the U.S. Constitution, which is recited at every officer’s swearing-in, obligates sheriffs “to protect individual liberty and God-given rights.” Unfortunately, however, Mack estimates that of the more than 3,000 sheriffs elected nationwide, only about 200 truly understand and uphold their duty to truly protect individual liberties. In some states, legislative bodies are trying to enact laws so that sheriffs are appointed rather than elected. This would diminish their accountability, as individuals in appointed positions don’t have to answer to voters.

As such, Mack and the CSPOA are seeking to stop those changes, but they need the help of citizens across the nation in order to succeed. And it all starts with a conversation.

“Cultivate a relationship,” Mack suggests. “Then, ask your sheriff, ‘Did you take an oath of office?’ Many sheriffs don’t even remember taking it, but they all did. Then ask them, ‘Will you uphold your oath? Will you protect my rights? Because that’s what we voted you into office to do.’”

Mack reiterated however, that not all sheriffs understand their duties and their oath of office. A true constitutional sheriff, Mack said, will stand up for their constituents’ constitutional rights — including life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness — regardless of what’s going on in the world.

“The Constitution cannot be suspended for the crisis of the day,” he emphasized. “I have a lawful and moral obligation to uphold it to align with God’s law. No other manmade law can nullify the Constitution in any way.”

Mack said that many sheriffs across the nation, including himself, need a “conversion experience” to fully understand their constitutional duties. That’s the aim of the America’s Last Hope conference the CSPOA is holding on September 30 at Liberty University in Virginia, a state Mack identified as needing greater protection by its county sheriffs. (Other offending states, he said, include Washington, California, Oregon, Michigan and New York.)

The September event will include presentations from former sheriffs and constitutional attorney Michael Peroutka. Topics will range from the powers and duties of sheriffs, to gun control, to COVID-19 orders. For more information or to register, visit the CSPOA’s event page.

Together, U.S. sheriffs and their constituents can take back America and reclaim their personal rights.

“Imagine you are committing disobedience against these ridiculous coronavirus rules and your sheriffs are standing right next to you,” Mack concluded.

 

“The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.”
– Thomas Jefferson

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