The Importance of a Constitutional Sheriff

By Walt Setzer

A new phenomenon has been occurring in the West, the rise of the Constitutional Sheriff. The man leading the movement is former Sheriff of Graham County, AZ, Richard Mack. Sheriff Mack gained national attention when he challenged the Brady Bill in court and won his case. The bill mandated that Sheriffs conduct background investigations on gun purchasers. His claim stated that the federal government cannot compel a state officer to enforce federal law. The U.S. Supreme Court agreed with him.

The movement has been gaining a lot of traction, especially in the West, where the federal government is encroaching more and more on personal freedoms and private property rights. Sheriffs are the only elected law enforcement officers and are responsible for the protection of the citizens of their counties, not only against crime, but against violations of the U.S. and State Constitutions.

Some of the issues facing our states have gained a lot of publicity, such as the U.S. Department of Justice lawsuits against Arizona and one of our leading Sheriffs (Joe Arpaio), but there are others that are in my opinion, even more important than those. One in particular is the attempt by the federal government to seize the water rights in our western states. A well known example of the feds overreaching is in the San Joaquin Valley of California, where farms are drying up because their water supply has been shut off to protect the Snail Darter, a small fish.

One Sheriff who has made the news for standing up for his constituents is Nye County, Nevada Sheriff, Tony DeMeo. Sheriff DeMeo became aware that the U.S. Forest Service was trying to seize cattle belonging to a local rancher, with no court orders. The reason for the seizures was to keep the rancher from using the water on his land to water his livestock, which would then allow the Forest Service to seize his water rights because he was no longer using them. This finally came to a head when Sheriff DeMeo made it clear that any further attempts to illegally seize cattle would result in his SWAT team being deployed to the ranch. The federal government blinked, and Sheriff DeMeo made his point. A series of three videos is available at http://www.morphcity.com/home/80-constitutional-sheriff-tony-demeo/. In the videos Sheriff DeMeo outlines the history of the problem, and his Constitutional standing.

Another example is Elkhart County, Indiana’s Sheriff Brad Rogers. When a dairy farmer in his County was being harassed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Sheriff Rogers stepped in. The FDA wanted to inspect the farm without a warrant, and a subpoena had been issued to the farmer to appear before a federal grand jury investigating him for the felony of distributing whole milk. Sheriff Rogers told the USFDA that if anyone stepped foot on the farm without a valid warrant, they would be arrested. They backed down and withdrew the subpoena.

Although there are many more examples of how our Constitutional Sheriffs are stepping up to uphold their oath of office, I will give one last instance. In our neighbor to the east, New Mexico there have been several confrontations with the feds. One of those occurred in the mountain town of Cloudcroft. The U.S. Forest Service would not allow the county to construct firebreaks in the forest, which had large amounts of undergrowth making for extreme fire hazards that endangered their town. With the assistance of Sheriff Raymond Cobos, and Congressman Steve Pearce, the townspeople cut their firebreaks and the U.S. Forest Service did not intervene, having been told in advance by the Sheriff that if they arrested anyone, they would in turn be arrested.

Based on the events of the last three and a half years, I have serious concerns about the federal government violating our rights. The Administration has already shown a total disregard for the Constitution, and the Congress seems complacent about letting them do it. Who will protect us when the feds infringe upon our rights? The Constitutional Sheriffs will. They are our last line of defense against tyranny, and that is an awesome responsibility.

To learn more about Constitutional Sheriffs, you can go to the following sites:

County Sheriff Project http://www.constitutionalsheriffs.com/

Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association http://www.cspoa.org/

Walt Setzer, Deputy U.S. Marshal (RET)
Candidate for Pima County Sheriff

26 Comments

  1. Anyone who knows me, knows that I am not a Ron Paul supporter, but I do agree with his support of a Constitutional government. This apparently appeals to some of his supporters, and others. If believing that the Constitution should be adhered to is “kooky”, I welcome you to vote for a Sheriff candidate who won’t protect and defend your rights. That’s the beauty of our system…we are all allowed to make our own decisions, right or wrong.

  2. BTW I belong to the c onstitutional sheriff’s posse. And proud of it. I love my daily emails from Sheriff Mack.

  3. Walt, what are your thought on the case in Florida where the police went to the wrong house and shot the man who answered the door with a gun in his hand? We don’t have the whole story yet but I have my thoughts on it. As a law man I would like to know yours. Thank you.

    • What if you become the person/group labeled as “radical”? Be careful what you allow. We can already see the massive amount of Liberty we have given up in the name of “safety” (TSA, Homeland Security, etc…).

      • Exactly Jeffrey. I would like to know who’s definition would be used to define a radical. If we use Nappy’s we are all in trouble. For me: retired military, gun owner, pro life, Christian and conservative. I wouldn’t stand a chance against the left’s definition of a radical.

  4. I think all five of these candidates wanting to take on Dupnik for Pima County Sheriff are trustworthy and capable of holding the office and doing a better job than Clarence Dupnik.

    Terry Frederick did a great job at the debate and knows the PCSD department well. Chester Manning is a really great guy, heart in the right place, and an avid supporter of The Second Amendment – which is vital in society and our local community. We need Chester to remain super active on that front! Vinson Holck I did not know before the debate, but his career is impressive and I’m sure he is an outstanding patriot that could be trusted as our Sherriff.

    Mark Napier’s focus on the $ BUDGET, MANAGEMENT, and his own EDUCATION, are not my priorities for the Pima County Sheriff’s Department. They are just three good talking points assisted by the Pima County Tea Party Patriots to get Mark elected.

    I asked Mark serious a question about DISARMING CITIZENS for ANY reason (like hurricane Katrina or any other authority telling him to disarm his citizens) – he answered very clearly when he told me that “ANY” reason is too strong a word for him – meaning to Mark Napier there IS a reason to disarm citizens! Mark used the example of a “Radical LEFT wing take over of our government”. That is a major problem with personal Philosophy of CONTROL as that could be switched for a “reason” to radical RIGHT wing… Don’t think so? Think long and hard for yourself about that answer he gave me. (THINK: First they came for the “left-wing” and I did nothing because I wasn’t left. Then they came for me…). We must remain vigilant to protect Liberty For All – not just the people/groups we like or side with at the moment.

    What We the People truly need is Constitutional Sheriff that will stand up for We The People to tyranny from our Federal Government, and our enemies both foreign and domestic. That candidate is Walt Setzer.

    • Damn Jeffrey,

      How did you find that police state hot button so fast?

      My gut feeling is that due to the disarray the Pima Republican leadership is in and the fact that they are resorting to illegal methods to reorganize the LDOs in their own image, explains why they are so warm to Napier. Thanks for the asking the question.

      Did anyone ask about the Jose Guerena slaughter?

      I’m sorry I missed the debate.

      • It’s the question I sent in advance. PCTPP required all questions in advance, then they selected questions. My 2A question was, of course, not selected but surprise-surprise, most questions were the perfect fit for Mark Napier “Budget & Management Experience, and formal Education”. I approached Mark after the debate with my specific question.

  5. Walt is the only guy running the “gets it”, the elected office of the county Sheriff is the only local law enforcement official that can actually protect you from the federal government. With the current situation with our federal government it is comforting to know that there still is a guy out there with the guts to say it like it is and vow to uphold the law and protect the citizens for a run away tyrannical federal government. Walt Setzer is the ONLY one that I would even consider voting for, and I hope to God the rest of the Pima County feels the same way!

    • Ok so here is the corrected version:

      Walt Setzer is the only guy running for Pima County Sheriff that “gets it”, the elected office of the county Sheriff is the only local law enforcement official that can actually protect you from the federal government. With the current situation with our federal government it is comforting to know that there still is a guy out there with the guts to say it like it is, and vow to uphold the law and protect the citizens from a run away tyrannical federal government. Walt Setzer is the ONLY one that I would even consider voting for, and I hope to God the rest of the Pima County feels the same way!

  6. Excellent article. I like your views on the position of Sheriff and Law Enforcement in general.

  7. Thank you for an informative article, Mr. Setzer.
    Thank you, to the Arizona Daily Independent, our news of choice.
    One step closer to the Tuesday, August 28 primary.Deadline to register JULY 30TH!

  8. Hmmmm….. Napier and Setzer can write. Nice to know.

    We won’t see an opinion from Fredricks… he can only do what his handler lets him do.

    • BUD….why don’t you give your true identity. There are two other people besides myself in this race. Why target me…Oh, that’s right, I’m the person to beat.

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