By Dean Weingarten
Arizona – -(Ammoland.com)- It has become common for liberal fascists to proclaim that “only the Supreme Court” can interpret the Constitution.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
Every legislator, every elected politician, every police officer and person in the military takes an oath to uphold the Constitution and defend it against all enemies, foreign and domestic. They do not take an oath to follow orders given by the Supreme Court.
It is a myth that only the Supreme Court can interpret the Constitution. It was not always so, and legislators and juries commonly interpreted the Constitution in the United States before the “progressive” era. One of the strongest checks on government power is the power of the jury. A jury has the power to decide that a law is unconstitutional or that a particular application of a law is unjust.
In Florida, an elected Sheriff released a prisoner when the Sheriff believed the prisoners constitutional rights had been violated. A disgruntled deputy lined up another job, then accused the Sheriff of corruption. From wkzo.com:
BRISTOL, Florida (Reuters) – A Florida sheriff was acquitted on Thursday of charges that he committed misconduct and falsified public records when he freed a jailed man who carried a loaded gun without a permit.
Suspended Liberty County Sheriff Nick Finch, 51, had testified that he released Floyd Parrish from jail because he had a constitutional duty to uphold the Second Amendment right to bear arms.
Conservative organizations and activists opposed to gun control rallied to the sheriff's defense after Governor Rick Scott suspended him last summer. Scott reinstated him shortly after the jury delivered its verdict.
So we have a very interesting case where a Sheriff acts on his principles, and is upheld in them by a jury of his peers.
Perhaps we will see the start of a trend.
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About Dean Weingarten;
Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.