By Jason Van Tatenhove
United States -(AmmoLand.com)- The term “constitutional sheriff” is used often within the Liberty Movement. It is just as often used used by those that would try to lambaste the movement as well.
I think that there are a lot of folks out there that do not fully understand what is really meant by the title of “Constitutional Sheriff.” It is my belief that the office of a duly elected County Constitutional Sheriff truly is one of our most powerful defenses against the overreach of bureaucratically appointed, alphabet soup, agencies into our home counties.
A well informed Sheriff can keep those that would wish to overreach their authority at bay, right there at the county line better than any other single agency. I had a chance to see this strategy at work, first hand, while helping Constitutional Sheriff Denny Peyman, of Jackson County, Kentucky, when his funding had been stripped by the local Chief Executive, after Sheriff Peyman had arrested him on corruption charges.
I first met Sheriff Brad Rogers, of Elkhart County, Indiana, while I was at Bundy Ranch, covering the event for alternative media. Out of all the public officials and law enforcement that traveled from across to country, to help ensure that another “Waco event” didn't happen on our watch, I had the least time to interact with Brad. I am glad to have had a chance to catch up with him while working on this piece. In the following interview, we discuss why Brad was first drawn to law enforcement as a career choice and his first awakening to what it means to be a “Constitutional Sheriff.” We discuss some of his more notable battles that he fought, and won, in Elkhart County, Indiana, against the FDA and other agencies, while protecting the constitutional rights of his fellow citizens. We also discuss his thoughts on the stand off in Oregon and the following repercussions.
There were 3 in total that I met there at Bundy Ranch, and all struck me as men that walk tall. Each of them relating to me the most incredible stories of how they were all serving and protecting the people of their counties. Sheriff Brad Rogers, Sheriff Denny Peyman, and Sheriff Jeff Christopher are all very dynamic and unique characters, but they are united by the bond of being driven to do what they felt was right. They all strive to keep their constituents safe from the IRS, FDA, and any other federal agency they feel are not following the supreme law of the land, and overreaching their authority to victimize the people of their counties.
This is part one of a three-part series interviewing these sheriffs that were on the ground at Bundy Ranch. Please watch for the other two interviews to be released soon
Jason Van Tatenhove
National Media Director / Associate Editor, Oath Keepers
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