Resolved by Sheriffs and Peace Officers: Respect the Constitution!

Everywhere, people are stunned by the new jello standard for federal law: mold it, jiggle it, condense, dilute, disguise or add tutti-fruiti to it; anything but enforce the laws as they were passed. National administrators have become master illusionists: now you see the law, now you don’t.

The U.S. Constitution sets Congress as our sole law-making body. They try, but their authority is shafted by bureaucratic regulations and executive orders become law, and administrative whims to enforce, ignore, or rewrite laws already passed. That’s trouble, as America’s constitutional republic teeters dangerously on the edge of an ugly monarchy. Helplessness generates the oft-heard question, “What can we do?”

There are ways to foil our constitutional hemorrhage. One avenue of action runs straight to the County Sheriff’s office.

On January 24, 2014, the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association (CSPOA) met in convention in Las Vegas. This dedicated group has the authority to make a difference. Invited attendees resolved to insist that national officials obey the U S Constitution, with its rights that originate in the “Law of Nature and nature’s God.” The group reaffirmed the 10th Amendment: “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.”

Those who signed the CSPOA resolution unfurled their standard: abuses of freedom “will not be allowed or tolerated”. They will only operate legally, in accord with the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, with its Bill of Rights. They insist that the Federal Government and its agents to do the same.

Utah County Sheriff James O. Tracy, president of the Utah Sheriffs Association, signed the resolution and now carries it throughout Utah. He says, “The Constitution must be the foundation for all of our decisions and actions, as Law Enforcement, to protect the citizens from undue government interference into our liberties. State, county, city, or federal—no one is exempt.”

There is nothing revolutionary or exaggerated in this simple insistence that rightful law preside in our society. Without this safeguard, we inhabit a police state, driven by the whims of those in power.

Eight specific rights under current federal attack are the core of the CSPOA resolution. These issues rarely appear in the standard media, but each, with accompanying verification, is making headlines across the nation in the freedom press.

Concerning our Second Amendment rights, signers of the CSPOA resolution declare that the registration of personal firearms will not be tolerated under any circumstances. Nor will they allow the confiscation of firearms without probable cause, due process, and constitutionally compliant warrants.

The signers of the CSPOA will protect you, personally, from abuse. The audit and search of any U.S. citizen’s person, personal affairs or finances, or his detainment, will be permitted only by lawful means: with probable cause, due process, and legal warrants. The inspection of all persons or property will be conducted only under legal means. The arrest of citizens, or seizure of persons or property, is allowed only upon notification and express consent of the local sheriff.

No arrests with continued jail time are tolerated except with charges filed and due process, including public and speedy jury trials in the appropriate court. In response to a growing threat, the CSPOA refuses to allow American military or federal agencies domestic use of federal war powers against American citizens.

The Resolution of the CSPOA concludes: “There is no greater obligation or responsibility of any government officer than to protect the rights of the people. Thus, any conduct contrary to the United States Constitution, Declaration of Independence, or the Bill of Rights will be dealt with as criminal activity.”

Abraham Lincoln declared that, “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” We currently face attacks against liberty from within. The Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association has our back. We urge every county sheriff in Utah, and the nation, to sign this document to uphold the law. Thank you!