This president threatens to “go it alone”, if Congress doesn’t cowtow to his demands for gun control legislation. What does it mean for him to “go it alone”? The answer is simple: we have a rogue president who echews the rule of law, the Constitution. So, what can he lawfully do? In a word, nothng – nothing lawful.
President Obama has no constitutional standing for authority over our state, county and municipal governments; therefore no authority to direct our elected and locally paid law enforcement officers to follow his unconstitutional executive orders.
As the head of the executive branch of the federal government, a president can issue executive orders only to employees of the federal government—and only regarding implementing federal laws or programs. A governor can likewise issue executive orders to employees of his state government regarding the laws or programs of that state.
Every sheriff is a county officer, elected by the voters of that county. The Supreme Court held in Printz v. U.S. in 1997 that the Tenth Amendment forbids the federal government from ever ordering any state or local official to carry out a federal program. Ironically, that case also involved a sheriff—Jay Printz of Montana—and a federal gun control law.
The Supreme Court held that “Enactments of the early Congresses seem to contain no evidence of an assumption that the Federal Government may command the States’ executive power in the absence of a particularized constitutional authorization.” In other words, the states have not authorized the federal government to exercise authority over state or local governments.
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people. – Tenth Amendment of 1791
Collin County Sheriff Terry Box publicly stated he will not enforce any unconstitutional laws or executive orders. Here is his public statement.
In light of recent events I feel I need to make a public statement of my views on this subject. As the Sheriff of Collin County, Texas, I have for the past 28 years served to protect and keep safe all citizens of our county, recognizing the trust placed in me with this profoundly important responsibility.
Unfortunately, the recent surge in the numbers of innocent victims who have died at the hands of unstable criminals has prompted politicians in Washington to seek to pass laws that would seriously erode the constitutional rights of innocent and law abiding citizens.
Neither I, nor any of my deputies, will participate in the enforcement of laws that violate our precious constitutional rights, including our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.
As long as I remain Sheriff of Collin County, I will not participate in the actions of misguided politicians who seek to impede our citizen’s right to all of the privileges afforded by our Constitution. – Terry G. Box Sheriff, Collin County Texas
Join us February 14 at Soulman’s Bar-B-Que in Rockwall to hear a first-hand report from Rockwall County Sheriff Harold Eavenson on the position of the National Sheriffs Association that meets the previous week in Washington, D.C.
With questions or comments or more information, write to our email address: CARGO.Rockwall@gmail.com
This CARGO Rockwall meeting is an exercise of our First Amendment right to peaceably assemble.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. – First Amendment of 1791
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