I am usually critical of police these days. But I’m not “anti-police.” Just like I’m not anti-congressman or anti-senator or even anti-president. But let’s face it. Most people today who occupy those positions are corrupt individuals. They exert far more power than their Constitutional authority allows.
The Constitution was written to restrain them, because the Founding Fathers understood the temptations of power that come with holding positions of authority. But we have spineless politicians who are never satisfied with the “limited” power they wield, so representatives in all branches of local, state and federal government are constantly reinterpreting the Constitution to accommodate their lusts for more power, which in turn takes freedoms and liberties away from the very people who put these “leaders” in their positions.
But there are a few good guys. Those who take their positions seriously, who recognize that their job is not to give themselves more power or to cover up their own scandals, but to work to preserve a free society by protecting people’s freedoms and getting an overreaching government out of the way. And there are good police officers too.
I have to say, this video completely took me off guard. Recently, we’ve seen so many open-carry protesters (or just ordinary citizens exercising their 2nd Amendment rights) met with paranoid, power-hungry cops who end up arresting them for “disturbing the peace,” or “resisting arrest” all because they carried a Glock on their hip or a rifle on their shoulder.
Not this Michigan Sheriff, though. You have to see it to believe it:
From the YouTube description:
We saw the Sheriff car pull up so we all took out our camera-phones right away, anticipating trouble. This officer gets out of his car, waves to us, and walks right over. He shakes all of our hands, introduces himself, and states his purpose for walking over to us. (Somebody got scared and called). He never asked us to disarm, never threatened us, never asked for our names or identification. I think I can speak for everyone in the group that it was an honor to meet this man. This is what we need to see from police officers everywhere!
Here’s a tidbit from the “confrontation” that I thought was great, especially coming from a police officer. He asked the group, “What is the only Constitutionally recognized law enforcement agency in the land?” One of the open-carriers replied, “The Sheriff’s Department.” The Sheriff gave a thumbs-up “Hoorah” and continued:
Every other [agency] was created by statute. That’s the FBI, the ATF, your local PDs, everything, DNR – statute, legislature, Congress has created them. The Constitution [only calls for] sheriffs. When I got into this line of work – because I was a young Constitutionalist like yourselves – I said I want to work for the Sheriff. I could’ve gone somewhere else and gotten a nice retirement package – the Sheriff pays me well, don’t get me wrong, I enjoy working for him – but, to me, it’s very personal. I hold it in my heart, because it’s Constitutional.
There is no doubt that if police emulated this Sheriff, we’d be a freer people, and there would be a renewed trust in local law enforcement.