Wednesday, 27 August 2014 08:00

Sheriff Mack: “We’re Taking Back America One County at a Time”

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In an exclusive interview with The New American, retired Arizona Sheriff Richard Mack (shown), founder of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association (CSPOA), highlighted the successes that members of his organization are having in resisting unconstitutional challenges by the federal government and declared that with these successes, “We are taking back America one county at a time!”

It’s not just rhetoric. CSPOA members have pledged to keep their word to uphold, defend, protect, preserve, and obey the U.S. Constitution. And they are doing just that.

Sheriff Tony Desmond of Schoharie County, New York, put it simply: “If you have an assault weapon which under the state’s [new] SAFE act is considered illegal, I don’t look at it as being illegal just because someone says it is.”

Sheriff John Cook of Weld County, Colorado — one of nine sheriffs who sued the state of Colorado over its draconian gun control laws passed last summer — declared, “It’s not [legislators'] job to tell me what I can and can’t enforce. I’m still the one who has to say, 'Where do I put my priorities and resources?' And it’s not going to be there [enforcing gun control laws].”

Another organization, Oath Keepers, comprised of current or former members of the military or law enforcement, has committed to following the constitutional position explained by Franklin Shook, a member of that group’s board of directors:

What Oath Keepers is saying [to its members] is: when you get an order to go to somebody’s house and collect one of these illegal guns, just stand down.

Say peacefully: "I refuse to carry out an unlawful order," and we… will do everything in our power to keep public pressure on your side to keep you from getting in trouble for standing down.

That makes Oath Keepers extremely dangerous to the system.

When asked if sheriffs are walking the walk and not just talking the talk, Mack replied that there are dozens, if not hundreds, of examples of sheriffs doing precisely that.

There is Grant County, Oregon Sheriff Glenn Palmer, who sent a letter on March 31, 2011 to the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) refusing their demand that he sign a “cooperative policing agreement” whereby USFS officials would assume police powers in his county:

I’m advising you in writing that I will not be signing the agreement. I do not believe that it is in the best interest of the people I serve or the Grant County Sheriff’s office to continue with the agreement…

Under Article 1 Section 8 of the United States Constitution, the federal government is limited in its powers and authority. Your jurisdiction as I see it is limited in nature to the Federal Building in [the city of] John Day.

Within the confines of Grant County, Oregon, the duties and responsibilities of law enforcement will rest with the County Sheriff and his designees.

To date, that policing agreement remains inoperative in Grant County, Oregon.

There’s Sheriff Tony DeMeo of Nye County, Nevada. Before he took office, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), an agency of the Department of the Interior, seized some of Nye Count resident Wayne Hage's cattle from his ranch using armed federal agents. When DeMeo was elected sheriff, he told his deputies that cattle seizures by federal agents were prohibited and that any federal agents attempting to confiscate cattle in the future would be arrested. Shortly thereafter BLM agents arrived at Hage's ranch, whereupon one of DeMeo’s deputies informed them that there would be no seizure of any of Hage’s cattle.

DeMeo based his decision on the Constitution. The deputy was told that BLM federal agents would arrest the sheriff and use armed force to take Hage's cattle. Sheriff DeMeo advised the federal agents that their SWAT team would be faced with DeMeo’s SWAT team if they proceeded. DeMeo explained that his deputies were empowered to refuse unlawful orders if the orders violated the U.S. Constitution, the Nevada state constitution, local laws, or policies.

The armed confrontation threatened by the federal agents never materialized.

DeMeo added that while Nevada is more than 90 percent federally managed, those public lands are actually owned by the people, and the federal government is limited in its authority under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution.

Then there's Elkhart, Nevada County Sheriff Brad Rogers, who traveled to Bunkerville in April to prod the local sheriff there to intercede in the showdown between Cliven Bundy and agents from the BLM. The confrontation was defused with the departure of the BLM agents. Following that stand down, Rogers wrote, “I will continue to fight against tyranny at all levels, and for all people (including liberals) and will be the proactive Constitutional Sheriff most Elkhart County citizens expect.”

As the interview with Sheriff Mack drew to a close, he emphasized that in every case in which a constitutional sheriff or peace officer had challenged federal authorities, the federal authorities had stood down. He could not think of a single instance in which any member of either CSPOA or Oath Keepers was forced to stand down in the face of unconstitutional federal pressure.

As sheriffs and peace officers continue to increase their numbers and influence across the country, they are indeed taking back America one county at a time.


A graduate of Cornell University and a former investment advisor, Bob is a regular contributor to The New American magazine and blogs frequently at, primarily on economics and politics. He can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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  • Comment Link Kenneth Hall Monday, 01 September 2014 21:08 posted by Kenneth Hall

    I think it's time to counter the lies about the hundreds of thousands of fellow Americans including vets and former Law enforcement who choose to organize to prepare to help in the-event of crisis of what ever nature and defend their neighbors if needed. SO join me in a walk down memory lane and lets ask!

    WHO fought the first battles of the Revolutionary war to give you your freedom?
    How many members are there of organized militias in the US today? How many times have you heard of a crazy one abusing or killing His neighbors? How many times have you heard of Police Abusing their power and their fellow Americans? SO tell me why do Most Americans have a negative impression of Militias in general? So if you were trying to overthrow the Constitutional republic God ordained to govern this country's leaders and we the people. Who would you fear most the military and law-enforcement who you can manipulate with the Money supply? OR MILITIAS WHO HAVE ALWAYS BEEN TO FIRST TO STAND AGAINST TYRANNY IN THE USA?

    Free ammo for the war of ideas my newest song if it weren't for the militia would we still be free?

  • Comment Link Frank M. Pelteson Friday, 29 August 2014 17:24 posted by Frank M. Pelteson

    Sheriff Douglas Gillepsie of Clark County, Nevada, which encompasses Las Vegas, is not a Constitutional Sheriff. He has played patsy with the Federales with his fusion Centers, He has done nothing to protect Cliven Bundy. He also uses the Southern Poverty Law Center to inform his police officers.of the "evils ' of constitutionals.

    At least Sheriff DeMeo of Nye County has done something.

    Gillespie is not running again, choosing to rehire. I wonder if the next Sheriff will be better.

  • Comment Link Nora Thursday, 28 August 2014 10:45 posted by Nora

    That Sheriff Mack is a Mormon is kinda irrelevant. Apples v Oranges.
    Freedom of belief includes free moral choice. It's one of the reasons this country was founded under a constitution--a framework to be fleshed out with amendments as needed. In order for free moral choice to work, there can be no government control of faith, or lack there of. This isn't heaven, it's an earthly "test" of free moral choice to serve the King of Heaven or serve immoral men who set themselves up to rule in His place.

    The whole point of the New Testament is we get eternal life for simply believing in the Creator, it doesn't demand perfection from us in mortal life, that we belong to this church or that, nor that we lay down our mortal life in passivity for tyrants to murder us.

    Without freedom, nothing would work, since a government enforcing Ten Commandments would put us back to the British model of rule by force, not freedom to choose God over the alternative. I don't believe God is punishing this or any other nation. The iniquity in the world these days is the work of evil MEN. Belief is an individual matter, a choice.

    Politics are the tenets of earthly life and have nothing to do with spiritual life. Political systems control thinking and behavior, in the absence of personal accountability. Taking up arms to defend ourselves is our right and duty, particularly when the threat is coming from a corrupt, Satanic government, or Goliath. Government was never intended to do anything but protect property and punish plunder, yet rich men purchased our new government for their own bad purposes, and here we are.

  • Comment Link Gary Hardee Thursday, 28 August 2014 09:41 posted by Gary Hardee

    No doubt, Sheriff Mack and all Sheriffs across the country have a major challenge to reach those Sheriffs not yet on board in fulfilling their oaths of office.
    Elections are coming up this November. With just over 2 months remaining, you may have a Sheriff that needs a personal meeting if they are up for election/reelection. Now is the time to examine your local opportunities at influencing a better outcome. Do some "community organizing" of your own. Assemble a few neighbors and friends to spread awareness and a deeper understanding of the power of the Sheriff and which candidate is closest to the ideal.
    If it is true that we get the government we deserve, then sitting on our arsses will insure that our fate will be sealed by those who "care-less" about what the Sheriff does.
    Inform the voters!!! Friends don't let friends remain ignorant!

  • Comment Link Ghost Prime Wednesday, 27 August 2014 20:45 posted by Ghost Prime

    I do not pretend to understand politics. All I know is that America is under attack by enemies on the left and by enemies on the so-called right who are really whores for communists.

    I heard Sheriff Mack speak and was impressed. However, after paying to join his organization, CSPOA, I have repeatedly tried to contact the organization to learn more about what I could do to help. None of my contacts have ever been answered which quite frankly bothers me.

    So what are the experiences of others who have joined CSPOA? Has anyone who joined ever had any reply from them? If so, tell me for I am really confused and frustrated by what sounds like a good cause on the surface but turns out to be much less than expected. That causes me to wonder if Mack is a plant simply there to identify Patriots so the traitors in government can add us to their hit list.

    Comments? Anyone!

  • Comment Link Ted R. Weiland Wednesday, 27 August 2014 17:45 posted by Ted R. Weiland

    I shared the podium with Sheriff Mack at the 2013 Springfield, Missouri's Firearms and Freedom Symposium. He wasn't very pleased with my presentation and let the audience know so, which, I suppose isn't surprising seeing He's a Mormon.

    Find out why Sheriff Mack didn't like what I had to say about the Second Amendment. Listen to "The Second Amendment: A Knife in a Gunfight" at

    Then find out how much you REALLY know about the Constitution as compared to the Bible. Take our Constitution Survey in the right-hand sidebar and receive a FREE copy of a book that EXAMINES the Constitution by the Bible.

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