The Rule of Law is the bedrock of our Republic
“The rule of law is the principle that no one is exempt from the law, even those who are in a position of power. The rule of law can serve as a safeguard against tyranny, because just laws ensure that rulers do not become corrupt.”
Aristotle and Plato would agree: our sitting president presides over and fosters corrupt government – in a word: tyranny.
Across the fruited plain, state and local governments, collectively and separartely, pass laws and declare they will not obey unconstitutional laws and edicts foisted on us by this radical leftist Democrat government. What to do?
Do we abandon federalism? Do we dig trenches and foxholes as preparation for a war between a government and its people? I asked Rockwall County Sheriff Harold Eavenson how he will respond to infringements on our constitutionally-guaranteed natural rights.
Sheriff Eavenson elected to go forward in agreement with the members of the National Sheriffs Association (NSA). Herewith a resolution of the NSA:
Draft of NSA Resolution
WHEREAS, the elected Sheriff is recognized throughout the United States as the chief local law enforcement officer and is directly accountable to the people through the electoral process; and
WHEREAS, all sheriffs take an oath of office to enforce and defend the United States Constitution and state constitution and laws; and
WHEREAS, a primary mission of sheriffs is to ensure public safety; and
WHEREAS, gun safety is vitally important to our nation’s public health and the 3080 sheriffs of this nation; and
WHEREAS, the cause of violence, including gun violence, must be addressed on many fronts, including improved mental health treatment, media violence, drugs, gangs, breakdown of the family, strengthening laws that-prevent or reduce the access of convicted criminal to firearms and vigorous enforcement of existing laws; and
WHEREAS, the National Sheriffs Association represents the interests of all sheriffs who are sworn to strongly support and defend the United States Constitution; and
WHEREAS ,sheriffs strongly support our citizens’ protected right to bear arms under the Second Amendment and the National Sheriffs Association does not support any laws that deprive any citizen of the rights provided under the Constitution; and
WHEREAS, the doctrine of judicial review grants to the United States Supreme Court and the .lower courts the power to determine the constitutionality of any law and sheriffs do not to possess the legal authority to interpret the constitutionality of any law;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the National Sheriffs’ Association supports the rights conferred by the Second Amendment and further recognizes the ultimate authority of the courts in interpreting the scope of those constitutional rights.
How can this resolution best be interpreted? Simply stated, the NSA pledges to uphold the Rule of Law. For the time being, the Rule of Law is working as federal judges rebuke unconstitutional acts of this president and his cabinet.
In my inexpert opinion, we risk loss of our republic as a consequence of state and local laws declaring disobedience in advance of actions not a matter of record. How so? For an answer, I refer the reader to ARTICLE VI of the Constitution – the Supremacy Clause.
This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.
Should we risk undermining the Rule of Law through disobedience to federal laws passed by Congress and signed by the president?
The Judiciary was created to resolve disputes. I think we should exhaust due process before we dig those trenches and foxholes.
This is just one old man’s opinion and I want to hear from you.