Effort to abolish local sheriffs — a stealth federal power grab

A news report has been quietly making its way around the alternative media, under the radar screen, concerning a Delaware legal decision to strip county sheriffs of their arrest powers in the state.

The mainstream media has not reported the story, but the son of Vice President Joe Biden, who serves as Attorney General for the state of Delaware, has issued a mandate to county commissioners informing them that sheriffs in the state’s three counties no longer have arrest powers.

Further investigation reveals that there is a nationwide effort to strip local sheriffs of most of their enumerated powers that are mandated in the state constitutions of the various states. Such a move would have the net effect of abolishing local sheriffs departments and strengthening the power of federal law enforcement agencies.

And this is not the first time such an effort has been launched.

In the 1970s an initiative was launched by county supervisors in California to eliminate the office of sheriff, but one supervisor instead was able to persuade two state legislators to get a question placed on the California ballot as to whether or not the office of the sheriff should be an elected office. The measure passed overwhelmingly, and the mandate for elected sheriffs was placed in the state constitution.

And in 1935 President Franklin D. Roosevelt was set to eliminate all of the 48 states in order to implement nine regional governments that would operate as extensions of the federal government. All local law enforcement would be eliminated. The plan failed, but the fact that it was attempted points to an ever present, insidious stealth plan on the part of some within the federal government to take away the right of the people and the states to elect their own local law enforcement and to vastly strengthen the hand of the numerous federal law enforcement agencies that currently operate throughout America.

Proponents of such unconstitutional measures desire to forge a world government of sorts under the control of the United Nations. Various methods are used to expedite this plan, including the infamous ‘Agenda 21’ that has raised the alarm among some citizens.

The key to the success of the implementation of such plans is enforcement. How would the federal government insure compliance among the states and their citizens?

Dozens of federal agencies have their own law enforcement divisions, and those divisions are growing quickly under the Obama Administration. Homeland Security is purchasing 450 million rounds of hollow point bullets. The IRS will need roughly 16,500 new employees to implement ObamaCare. The White House has just sent $500 million to the IRS to enforce the new healthcare law. The EPA’s recent penchant for using heavy handed tactics outside the authority given to it by Congress has placed businesses under the gun and stymied economic recovery. Citizens complain that the agency regularly violates private property rights.

And then there are such agencies as the FBI, ATF, DEA, ICE, and others that are under suspicion for widespread corruption in the Fast and Furious scandal, a fact that has not hampered Congressional Democrats from calling for massive new funding and expanded powers for these agencies.

The move to weaken and dismantle sheriffs offices around the country is viewed by Constitutional watchdogs as an ominous signal in a broader attempt to usurp the rights of citizens on the local level in lieu of an expanded nationalized police force under the control of a federal bureaucracy. I saw this coming back in 2009, and that is why I started SaveOurSheriff. SOS is a national organization that works to preserve and protect the elected Office of Sheriff understanding the need for decentralization of power, limited government, state sovereignty, and individual liberty.

Stop and think. What if you learned our government was planning to disband the jury system? What if highly paid professionals called “judges” were appointed for life and the long standing tradition of a jury trial was forever ended, consigned to the history books?

In such a case, you and I would being losing more than the hallmark of Western democracy—we would be losing our Constitutional right to a jury trial. Losing the elected office of Sheriff to bureaucratic appointment is like loosing our right to a jury trial, both provide a tried and proven method for extracting justice while protecting individual liberty. Both provide a safeguard under law (and sometimes in contempt of bad law or despite poor judicial rulings), to prevent someone or something from being harmed.

As you know, the Sheriff is elected by the people of the county and are not employed by any branch of the federal government. That individual is sworn to uphold the Constitution of the United States and is bound by oath to protect the rights of the people. What is less well known, is this: our system of government gives the Sheriff both the authority to enforce Federal laws as well as the prerogative to disregard those mandates that would violate our Constitution and Bill of Rights.

Mark Matthews


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