Monthly Archives: February 2015

Sheriff Justin Smith knows his job

February 5, 2015

(supplement)

By Bob Cox

Some opinions, comments and links relating to what is happening in this great nation and, in particular, in Western Colorado.

 

I admit that I have a certain bias when it comes to the actions of various sheriffs and their deputies. I spent 20 years of my life working for a couple of sheriffs and I made it a priority to understand the office of Sheriff as it is defined in Colorado.

Years ago I became friends, or at least acquaintances, with several sheriffs around the state of Colorado. There were some I disagreed with, but many more that I admired for their dedication and integrity.

Since leaving the world of law enforcement several years ago, I have tried to maintain some contact with law enforcement and can still count a few sheriff and their deputies as friends and acquaintances.

I do not know Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith personally, but I became very aware of him a year or so ago when Colorado was on the cusp of passing some very controversial gun laws, one of which limited the sale or transfer of guns from one person directly to another. Smith, who has taken a liking to using the social media sites, made a statement that he would not enforce any unconstitutional laws. He did NOT say he was authorized in any manner to decide what was unconstitutional, just that he would not enforce a law that was unconstitutional. He was hoping that the Supreme Court would tell us all that they believed in the Second Amendment. Anyway, I immediately like Smith because he obviously understood what a sheriff is supposed to do.

Last Tuesday, Sheriff Smith showed up on FaceBook again. This time he basically told the out-of-control U. S. Department of Justice to take a flying leap at the moon. Here is the text of his posting:

I received a very interesting veiled threat letter from Jeh Johnson, the Secretary of Homeland Security addressed to all police chiefs and sheriffs around the country.

His letter made it clear that if Congress didn’t send President Obama the DHS funding bill that he wanted (rubberstamping the president’s executive amnesty), local and state public safety agencies would not receive federal grants they were counting on because the president would veto the DHS funding bill.

Let me get this straight – the president believes he has the authority to nullify federal laws that don’t serve his personal agenda, but if Congress dares to exercise it’s responsibility of controlling the purse strings, he will willingly hold public safety grants hostage just to get his way?

Mr. President, you don’t have to love the Congress we elected, but you do have to respect their role as established under the Constitution -and Mr. Johnson, please show some integrity and stop with the threats. Sheriffs don’t take kindly to them.

 

Thanks Sheriff. And for all you who like to follow me, send the sheriff a thank you note and cc it to your local sheriff. We need more elected official that understand that they should not allow themselves to be bullied by the federal government.

Remember, I only send out these missives to those who have asked for them. I do not share your email addresses with anyone and I use the Reagan email precisely because they don’t share or sell the addresses either. If you are getting this because someone forwarded it to you and you don’t want it, tell him or her not to forward any more. On the other hand, if you received a copy and would like to see more of my ranting, simply drop me a line at coxnotes@Reagan.com I will put you on my exclusive, but growing list.

Bob

© Robert R. Cox 2014

 

Pay attention to Choke Point

February 2, 2015

By Bob Cox

Some opinions, comments and links relating to what is happening in this great nation and, in particular, in Western Colorado.

 

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a little here about Operation Choke Point. I was a little surprised by some of the feedback I received; most surprising was the few people who have never heard of the operation.

Operation Choke Point is a plan launched by the U.S. Dept. of Justice. On the surface, and in most of the DOJ explanations, Choke Point is an aggressive attempt to curb “financial fraud.” But, as is the case with so many government “operations,” the framers of the regulations start throwing in a bunch of stuff that comes from their own morality. So an operation that on the surface is supposed to focus on illegal activities like cable box de-scrambler sales, credit card schemes and pyramid sales, also gets the green light to go after many legal activities, including ammunition sales, firearms sales, on-line pharmaceutical sales and surveillance equipment sales.

The end result, when we have people like Eric Holder involved, is that those legal activities that he disagrees with end up getting more attention than the real illegal activities. Almost everything this justice department does works that way. The immigration situation is proof of that.

What prompted my comments of two weeks ago was the announcement by Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) that he intended on holding some hearings regarding Operation Choke Point. There are strong indications, according to what I read in Breitbart’s reports, that this attention on firearms likely came from Duffy’s home state and became a priority with DOJ when they realized that a legal gun dealer in Hawkins had his bank account closed because of Choke Point.

It is important for me to note that I am not a single-issue voter. I encourage everyone to become aware of as much of what is going on as possible, but in this case, our Second Amendment rights are being threatened, and they are being threatened by an administration that does everything through deceit and back-door policies implemented through regulations and executive action. I think most of what they do is unconstitutional. So, in a way, I am a single-issue voter and my single-issue is that of basic constitutional rights.

As we speak Loretta Lynch is being considered to replace Eric Holder. If any senator can look you in the eye and say that he or she thinks Eric Holder and Barack Obama are undermining the constitution, and then vote for a person who has already said she thinks what they are doing is okay, that senator deserves to hear our voices loud and strong and they need to hear them before they vote on her appointment. Loretta Lynch is just another Obama operative. Nothing will change and the next two years will result in much, much more of the same.

Remember, I only send out these missives to those who have asked for them. I do not share your email addresses with anyone and I use the Reagan email precisely because they don’t share or sell the addresses either. If you are getting this because someone forwarded it to you and you don’t want it, tell him or her not to forward any more. On the other hand, if you received a copy and would like to see more of my ranting, simply drop me a line at coxnotes@Reagan.com I will put you on my exclusive, but growing list.

Bob

© Robert R. Cox 2014