February 5, 2015
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.
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© Robert R. Cox 2014