“No Sheriff Left Behind”: Sheriff Richard Mack Coming to Ohio for a Five City Tour
Sat, Feb 6, 2010
Sheriff Richard Mack
We are cordially inviting you to attend one of the five events being sponsored by several Ohio Liberty Council member groups which feature Sheriff Richard Mack in the “No Sheriff Left Behind Ohio Tour”.
Sheriff Mack will speak on the powerful role of the county sheriff in the preservation of our constitutional rights and freedoms. We especially encourage those that are military veterans, firefighters, law enforcement officers, paramedics, and politicians to attend one of these important events. If you still hold your oath close to your heart, if you still love America, its freedom and values—we need you to stand with those who plan to protect our nation at all cost!
Sheriff Richard Mack has traveled the country giving his message. He has appeared on Good Morning America, Crossfire, Nightline, and CNBC. He has been heard on over 500 radio talk shows nationwide, and been a guest of G. Gordon Liddy and Pat Buchannan. He is a past NRA Law Officer of the Year, was inducted into the NRA Hall of Fame, and is a member of Oath Keepers. Read more about Sheriff Richard Mack online at http://www.sheriffmack.com.
Sheriff Mack will speak on:
What rights does the Constitution actually guarantee?
Why is it important that we not allow our means of self-defense to be taken away?
What are the dangers of giving government too much power?
What can we do to remain strong as individuals, families, and as a nation?
What can the sheriff do to protect us from all enemies, both foreign and domestic?
No Sheriff Left Behind Ohio Tour Details
(Click on a city for details to RSVP where applicable)
Illustrating once again that the prison planet being built around us far outstrips anything Aldous Huxley or George Orwell ever imagined, a Wired News report details how police forces worldwide are preparing to unveil drone aircraft that can not only conduct surveillance of protesters, but also zap them into submission with non-lethal weapons.
As part of their ongoing mission to “protect and serve” the new world order, cops across the world are getting access to military drones which allow them to “carry out surveillance on everyone from protesters and antisocial motorists to fly-tippers,” reports Wired News.
The report details how the future of policing will resemble something approaching a combination of They Live and The Running Man, with unmanned drones replacing police helicopters whizzing around everywhere torturing and knocking out anyone who misbehaves.
According to the report, this is a natural progression from CCTV cameras that shout at passers-by, currently deployed in several UK cities, only now drones will be fitted with LRAD acoustic devices, torture sound weapons that were indiscriminately used and abused during the G20 summit in Pittsburgh on innocent members of the public who were just walking down the street and had not even dared to engage in the criminal activity of expressing their First Amendment right to assemble.
The country of Greece is on its knees, desperately hoping for a “bailout” from the European Union. Excessive government spending and massive debt threaten to bankrupt this nation unless outside assistance arrives quickly. With a budget deficit this year of 12.7% of its gross domestic product (GDP), and consumer public debt exceeding 113% of its GDP, there doesn’t seem to be much hope left.
Greece is not alone in dealing with financial catastrophe. Portugal, Spain, and Ireland are some of the other EU nations that are currently staring into the abyss. One of the only questions remaining is, if the dominoes start falling, how long till the weakened U.S. economy crumbles as well? Not possible you say… well, consider this:
According to the 2008 CIA World Factbook, Greece had a government debt to annual GDP ratio of 90.10%. In 2008, the United States was at 60.8%. In 2009, the United States was at 83.41%, and according to usgovernmentspending.com it is projected to reach 94.27%. In essence, the entire value of everything produced by everybody in America for an entire year will roughly equal our federal debt. Note, that this doesn’t take into consideration the debt of the states, cities, towns, and most importantly, the consumer public debt.
All told, if Greece’s debt load is so unsustainable that collapse is immanent, then how far off is the United States from the same fate…especially if we keep seeing more Trillion dollar plus budget deficit bills like that of 2010.
On January 20, the Los Angeles Timesran an op-ed arguing that national health care mandates were constitutional. The article claimed this was true both under modern Supreme Court interpretations and under the Constitution’s original meaning.
I do not share the writer’s confidence that national health care mandates are constitutional even under the modern Supreme Court’s altered version of the Constitution — but I recognize that legal scholars differ on this question. However, the claim that the Founding Fathers would have thought the Constitution allows Congress to impose health care mandates is little short of absurd.
What really floored me was seeing that this claim was advanced by Akhil Reed Amar, a constitutional scholar I very much admire. Apparently, Professor Amar has been seriously misreading the historical record.
I know that record well: Researching and writing about it has taken much of my professional time for many years. Here are some of Professor Amar’s points, and my rejoinders:
Amar:“It’s true that the Constitution grants Congress authority to legislate only in the areas enumerated in the document itself. Other matters are left to the states under the 10th Amendment. But if enumerated power does exist, the 10th Amendment objection disappears.”
Natelson: The Tenth Amendment (and even more so the Ninth) was adopted to signal that no enumerated power should be stretched too much. Otherwise, federalism would be subverted. An important legal rule in the Founding Era (as today) is that documents should be construed to avoid a situation in which much of the language becomes useless surplusage. Stretching any enumerated power too far would render useless both the other enumerated powers and the Ninth and Tenth Amendments.
The latest edition of The Liberty Voice is in the mail to all of our faithful subscribers and in your favorite restaurants, taverns, bookstores and street newsboxes.
This is our first edition that we accepted paid advertisements, and the response has been (frankly, surprisingly) favorable! Let us know what you think! Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and share your valued insights and comments.
This winter issue features many local writers which are new to The Liberty Voice as well as our more seasoned columnists like Ellen Brown and Paul Craig Roberts.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to this issue, including some outstanding liberty candidates who are launching their campaigns in our paper. I hope the intelligent readers of The Liberty Voice will find at least one candidate that they can and will support in these important races.
We all know that Congress and the President consistently violate their oath to “uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States.” But did you know that every local politician also takes an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution and of their state?
As a local official, I decided that I would uphold that oath by voting NO on certain city ordinances funded by unconstitutional federal money.
Before a city can spend money, the Council has to vote on the ordinance authorizing the expenditure. In order to uphold my oath, I have had to vote NO on many such ordinances which were politically difficult. I’ve had to vote NO on buying three police cruisers with “drug money” taken in a drug raid. Why? Because the “war on drugs” is a totally unconstitutional policy.
I’ve even had to vote NO on a “safe sidewalks to schools” grant. Why? Because there is no authority in the enumerated powers of Congress, which grants the federal government the right to give money to cities.
Why are so many local politicians violating their oath? It’s because the average citizen is not calling them on it. If we the people are ever going to have a Constitution that has any teeth, then we will have to give it meaning by confronting local politicians who violate their oath. When the next local election comes up, the Constitution can be made the issue by making it known how many times an incumbent violated his or her oath.
Davy Crockett (1786-1836), was an American legend, remembered especially for his bravery in the battle of the Alamo. But there was a far more significant battle that he fought to preserve the liberties of American citizens, back in the time when politicians took the Constitution seriously.
One day, when Davy Crockett was serving in the House of Representatives, a bill came up to appropriate money for the benefit of a widow of a distinguished naval officer. As usual in Congress, flowery speeches were made, not so much to convince the House, since most felt that it would pass easily, but to afford the opportunity to connect ones name with the popular bill. Before the Speaker called for the vote, Representative Crockett arose and what he said surprised his colleagues:
“Mr. Speaker — I have as much respect for the memory of the deceased, and as much sympathy for the sufferings of the living, if suffering there be, as any man in this House, but we must not permit our respect for the dead or our sympathy for a part of the living to lead us into an act of injustice to the balance of the living. I will not go into an argument to prove that Congress has no power to appropriate this money as an act of charity. Every member upon this floor knows it. We have the right, as individuals, to give away as much of our own money as we please in charity; but as members of Congress we have no right so to appropriate a dollar of the public money. Some eloquent appeals have been made to us upon the ground that it is a debt due the deceased. Mr. Speaker, the deceased lived long after the close of the war; he was in office to the day of his death, and I have never heard that the government was in arrears to him. This government can owe no debts but for services rendered, and at a stipulated price. If it is a debt, how much is it? Has it been audited, and the amount due ascertained? If it is a debt, this is not the place to present it for payment, or to have its merits examined. If it is a debt, we owe more than we can ever hope to pay, for we owe the widow of every soldier who fought in the War of 1812 precisely the same amount. There is a woman in my neighborhood, the widow of as gallant a man as ever shouldered a musket. He fell in battle. She is as good in every respect as this lady, and is as poor. She is earning her daily bread by her daily labor; but if I were to introduce a bill to appropriate five or ten thousand dollars for her benefit, I should be laughed at, and my bill would not get five votes in this House. There are thousands of widows in the country just such as the one I have spoken of, but we never hear of any of these large debts to them. Sir, this is no debt. The government did not owe it to the deceased when he was alive; it could not contract it after he died. I do not wish to be rude, but I must be plain. Every man in this House knows it is not a debt. We cannot, without the grossest corruption, appropriate this money as the payment of a debt. We have not the semblance of authority to appropriate it as a charity. Mr. Speaker, I have said we have the right to give as much of our own money as we please. I am the poorest man on this floor. I cannot vote for this bill, but I will give one week’s pay to the object, and if every member of Congress will do the same, it will amount to more than the bill asks.”
December 15 is neglected by most Americans for its historical significance as the anniversary of the Bill of Rights. Even worse, American politicians neglect the actual Bill of Rights on a day-to-day basis.
Whether or not the Bill of Rights can ever be an effective means of limiting the government is open to debate. However, the Bill of Rights does offer a fairly good outline of a free society, and it shows how far our country has strayed.
In an America with a full respect for the Bill of Rights, there would be no Federal Communications Commission regulating the airwaves and forbidding certain speech, no Federal Election Commission limiting how much Americans can donate to political candidates or what they can say in independent political ads, no Food and Drug Administration harassment of pharmaceutical and wine producers regarding their commercial speech, no federal laws that have anything to do with religion whatsoever, and no federally established “free-speech zones.”
There would be no federal laws disarming Americans, prohibiting airlines from allowing pilots or passengers to carry guns on planes, or limiting how much ammo or what kind of firearms people can buy and own.
There would be no Patriot Act, no secret searches, no spying on telecommunications without a warrant.
There would be no civil asset forfeiture, no horrendous eminent domain abuses, no kangaroo courts, star chambers and phony hearings for the accused.
There would be no torture in America’s “terrorist” dungeons.
There would be no federal laws against starting a business without a license, buying and selling drugs, competing with the government to provide its “services” at a better cost and higher quality, or seceding from the central state.
There would be no federal programs not authorized by the Constitution: no Departments of Energy or Education, no Medicare or Social Security, no Federal Reserve or Selective Service, no farm subsidies or corporate welfare.
Galena, OH – Beth Lear, Republican from Galena, announced today that she will campaign for State Representative in Ohio’s 2nd House District, currently held by Kris Jordan (R – Powell). Representative Jordan is seeking the Senate seat being vacated by Senate President Bill Harris.
“For a long time now it has been true that as Ohio goes, so goes the nation,” said Lear. “But Ohio hasn’t been leading, we’ve been following. I want to change that.”
Lear said that, according the most recent “Rich States, Poor States” report from the American Legislative Exchange Council, Ohio ranked 49th in economic performance, with only Michigan doing worse.
“There’s a simple reason for that poor performance,” Lear said. “Republican and Democrat leaders alike for the last 20 years have been unwilling to rein in our state government,” Lear said. “Add burdensome taxation and regulation and it becomes awfully difficult to grow jobs. Ohio needs a different kind of leader, one who understands that government is best when it governs least. I pledge to be that kind of leader.”
Lear said Ohio must have a government that gets out of the way and allows small businesses to thrive. “If you want to keep college graduates in Ohio and encourage new business to locate here, then you must allow them to create and thrive, and reward them for it, rather than punish them,” Lear said.