Sheriff Mack Comes to Grass Valley

(Friday October 18, 2013)


It's Friday evening and the much talked about Sheriff Richard Mack's going to tell his interesting story about how he learned the legal importance of the County Sheriffs if they realize what's in the Constitution. Yes they and all government people swear an oath to protect and uphold it, but few know what that entails.

As we cross the street officer Rich Hooper and another man smile at the camera gal. Ted and Cheryl greet us at the door, make sure we have our tickets and show us were our reserved seats are. Lucky as usual...they're in the front.

Friend Sue at the ticket table. Sheriff Keith Royal and Cheryl.

We're early, but the estimated attendance was around 600. A diverse crowd with groups who share much in common regarding Sheriff Mack's vigorous distaste for the intrusion of the federal government into local affairs. Dyed-in-the-wool rural conservatives mingling with all sorts of political advocates. Here's a couple of old fogies looking forward to what Mack says.

Our Congressman Doug LaMalfa

Mack’s main message is that the United States constitution created a federal system of government that willfully divided power between a centralized federal government and the states that comprise the union.

George Rebane hosts an interesting website on current political affairs.

And here's our long time talented family friend Rosemary Freeland.

Many productive people are feeling discouraged. They're burdened with terrible burdens by the Federal, State and local regulations to the point that it's too difficult to even earn an honest living. They recognize the cause of the problem, but how do you get rid of corruption in government. Those who swear an oath of trust to uphold the Constitution and Bill of (human) Rights that protects us from them. Towards the end of his talk Sheriff Mack answered that concern when he said, “Folks, we can stop Obamacare; we can stop the IRS; we can stop the abuses of the federal government county by county, state by state.” One of the big problems is our government using grant money as bait to control local governments. At one time it was called "taxation without representation."

Mack’s main message is that the United States constitution created a federal system of government that willfully divided power between a centralized federal government and the states that comprise the union.

Thus, when the federal government is guilty of overreach — whether by legislating against the Second Amendment in the form of gun control laws or attempting to impinge on a state’s right to legalize marijuana for medical purposes — state officials, from the governor on down to the popularly elected sheriff, have a duty to disobey federal mandates and uphold their oaths to the constitution, Mack said.

“We have to get the government back where it belongs,” Mack said. “We can do that county by county, state by state, but it takes local officials who keep their word, who keep their oath.”

Mack provided an example of Sheriff Brad Rogers of Elkhart County, Indiana, who threatened to arrest Federal Department of Agriculture workers for trespassing on one of his constituent’s property if they continued to conduct surprise inspections without a warrant.

Mack himself won one of the most prominent states’ rights cases in U.S. history when he sued the federal government after the Brady Bill was signed in 1993. The case, which went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, was decided in favor of Mack and other sheriffs who refused to comply with some provisions of the law, despite being threatened with arrest if they flouted those provisions. “State officials, and sheriffs are one of them, are duty bound to interpose its power to prevent the federal government from victimizing its people.” You can read more on Mack's website.

He also emphasized  sheriffs should do more to uphold the Second Amendment and prevent their constituents from having their firearms confiscated. “If anybody asks you why you have an assault rifle, you should say, ‘It’s none of your business,’” he said. “We choose what kind of gun to have and own.” Honest elections to elect honest sheriffs is important, or we'll wind up like the people in Athens, Tennessee. On August 1-2, 1946, some Americans, brutalized by their county government, used armed force as a last resort to overturn it. These Americans wanted honest open elections. For years they had asked for state or federal election monitors to prevent vote fraud (forged ballots, secret ballot counts and intimidation by armed sheriff's deputies) by the local political boss. They got no help, so some former GI's armed themselves and took back their town from the corrupt sheriff and his deputies. Afterwards former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt wrote, "This is a lesson which wise political leaders learn young, and you can be pretty sure that, when a boss stays in power, he gives the majority of the people what they think they want. If he is bad and indulges in practices which are dishonest, or if he acts for his own interests alone, the people are unwilling to condone these practices. When the people decide that conditions in their town, county, state or country must change, they will change them. If the leadership has been wise, they will be able to do it peacefully through a secret ballot which is honestly counted, but if the leader has become inflated and too sure of his own importance, he may bring about the kind of action which was taken in Tennessee..." Watch the Video "The Battle of Athens:
Restoring the Rule of Law."

The medical marijuana advocates liked what he had to say because they've been embroiled in a confusing, expensive battle with the government. “I don’t know why I risked my life to have people not smoke marijuana,” Mack said, referring to an undercover sting operation in which he participated early in his career that was partly what started him on a different path. “Anybody can see the benefits of smoking marijuana instead of drinking yourself to death.” He characterized alcohol drinkers as often angry with a propensity toward violence, whereas pot smokers are typically mellow and cool...I realized I was dedicating my life and my career to a farce,” he said. “You will never arrest away the drug problem.” He clarified some things in my mind regarding herbal medications where people could help themselves naturally. Why should it be a crime to grow your own medicine as long as it doesn't become destructive to others.

Below are various points he emphasized during his interesting presentation. His talk was energizing and the audience responded with enthusiastic, and sometimes standing applause because it was common sense and encouraging. The following photos went along with what he was saying.
For years I noticed what looked like a war destroying America from within.

Following his talk there was a question and answer period. People wrote their questions on a card and Sheriff Mack read them and responded. He said he learned early on that some people will monopolize the subject, and he's the one making the presentation... not them. It went very well.

Time to say goodbye to Charles and Rosemary. There's a long line of people at the right of the stadium who want to buy books for Sheriff Mack to autograph, to thank him and get a photo of him. Much to my surprise he insisted I be in the photo too.

Lou, Sue and Cheryl

And here's three very sweet ladies who helped make this a success. I've got to tell you that this high lasted a couple of days afterwards. Partly because I'd sent an Opinion article to the Union newspaper the night before that coincided and extended what Sheriff Mack explained tonight. In essence, it's wise look beyond appearances and not believe what those in our government (and promotors) say, but pay attention to what they do. To help you notice the difference it would help to study the Constitution and Bill of Rights they swear an oath of trust to uphold. It unified America in the beginning and is still the law.