By Doc Vega
In lieu of the recent announcement by counties across the country that some 340 sheriff’s departments will refuse to observe and enforce federal law if it comes down to collecting guns from their owners, a new threat has been hatched by our lawmakers! It seems the assault on our rights and liberties is endless under the Obama White House. Federal authorities have been putting pressure on state legislatures to enact measures that will allow such federal officials as the Secret Service, special federal officers, federal agents, and other specialized federal personnel to actually arrest county sheriffs for not enforcing federal laws.
Bold power play by Obama regime
This proposed legislation would set a dangerous precedent allowing never before sanctioned powers by the central government to impose its influence where only county jurisdiction was traditionally acknowledged. States were originally intended to formulate their own laws apart from federal jurisdiction and superior to the infringement of federal intervention. The modern day structure of American government allows for the highest authority for the enforcement of law at the county level to be the sheriff and his deputized department or appointees. Many sheriffs have acted to revoke the federal authority of agents such as the IRS or even US Marshalls if their papers are not in order or have not been properly filed with the secretary of that particular state.
The normal checks and balances that exist in the federal government are also exercised at the state, county, and municipal levels, yet the new proposed law to allow federal infringement upon county level government in the form of arresting sheriffs for doing their lawful duty is just one more ominous step in solidifying the superiority of centralized power by the President over jurisdictions he was never supposed to have been able to supersede before.
Colorado first to cave in
Currently, the state of Colorado is set to be the first to capitulate on allowing imposition of federal jurisdiction on the county level under the aegis of SB-13-013 already passed by the state legislature is now slated for signing by Governor, Hickenlooper. This bill will authorize police powers of arrest within the state counties under orders of the executive branch (US President) by the Secret Service. The state of Texas, despite much conservative and independent banter by Governor, Rick Perry, is expected to review such a measure next. If Texas capitulates, this will open the floodgates to a host of southern states who have vowed not to bow to federal pressure.
White House influence on state governments
President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden have said to have been pressuring state legislatures to adopt the latest effort by the federal government to further erode state sovereignty and dissolve the lines of jurisdiction between the states and Washington DC, which our founding fathers were adamantly opposed to. Having multiple layers of separate levels of jurisdiction kept government from becoming too draconian under the intentions of our forefathers in their great wisdom. Now that particular mandate like so many others in America seems in jeopardy.
The Obama administration seems hell-bent on positioning themselves to dissolve any opposition to their authority and to be able to assert their influence at will with as little answer to their plans as possible. Our state level representatives should have seen this coming and listened to their constituents as many gun owners in Colorado had already voiced their opposition to the federal government’s attack on the Second Amendment, yet, having a Democratic Governor didn’t help! The future of this nation literally hangs in the balance and is being eroded bit by bit piece by piece while the major battles are being waged on Capitol Hill to elicit the bigger assaults upon our freedoms from the national level. At present, we have a fragmented rather than a united front of citizens who are aware of the issues and willing to stand up for their rights.
Undermining our system of powers
Separation of executive powers from direct influence over states and counties was intended by our forefathers to prevent the dictator-like whim of an out of control presidency that was intent upon imposing his will. Yet, everything we have seen President Obama do from signing the recent NDAA laws to his heavy use of executive orders and executive privilege points to his ultimate intention of becoming a dictator.
To the American people, you have been forewarned!