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24 I The Lovell Chronicle I October 21, 2010 www. LovellChronicle.com Sheriff Mack: 'We need to save our country' BY BOB RODRIGUEZ Stating that he has "dedicated him- self to the holy cause" of preaching the su- premacy of the U.S. Constitution and states' rights, self-styled constitutional activist "Sheriff Mack" kept some 80 persons spell- bound as he spoke nearly nonstop for two hours Wednesday night, Oct. 13, in the Lovell Community Center. In particular, he stressed that U.S. citi- zens must realize that the federal govern- ment has overstepped its bounds in many areas. He noted, "We Americans do not sup- port tyranny and constitutional terrorists (but), we respect all rights into the fold of freedom. "I have traveled the country extensive- ly," he added, "and I've seen first hand the horrible side-effects from politicians who have replaced our Constitution with their own political agendas and party platforms." His presentation was met with rapt at- tention and enthusiasm, as he was inter- rupted with applause and favorable laugh- ter approximately 10 times. His audience consisted of a wide range of ages, from a hefty scattering of preadolescents through senior citizens. Mack (Richard I.) describes himself as a retired sherifffrom Arizona's Graham Coun- ty. In 1994 he, with great trepidation but with what he described as the need to stand for what one believes in, filed a lawsuit chal- lenging the Brady Bill "to stop the federal government from forcing another unfunded mandate down our throats." He won a deci- sion from the U.S. Supreme Court on the is- sue of states' rights. The suit propelled him to national attention with television appear- ances on many highly rated programs, plus radio and personal appearances. He contin- ues to preach the gospel of freedom nation- wide, noting that his visit to Big Horn Coun- Ly was part of an eight-day tour. His presentation in Lovell was spon- sored by Ladies of the Constitution/North- ern Wyoming Branch, with greetings by branch representative Barbara Anderson. Garth Jolley offered an invocation, followed by everyone reciting the Pledge of Alle- giance. There also was a brief presentation by Cody resident Boone KidweU, of Oath Keepers. Also introduced was Charles Cur- ley, of Wyoming Liberty Group. Besides his unequivocal stance on the near sacredness of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, the retired sheriff testi- BoB Rovmotz Sheriff Richard Mack visits with citizens attending his program about the importance of the U.S. Constitution at the Lovell Community Center last Wednesday night, Oct. 13. fled that, "The War on Drugs is a farce." He explained that he does not advocate drug abuse, but that he feels it is ridiculous for of- ricers "to risk their lives" to stop marijuana use, which is "less risky than alcohol." He in- dicated that the "$70 billion a year spent on the Drug War" could be put to better use. Mack contends that everyone should read the U.S. Constitution so as to know what's in it, what it stands for and what pro- tections it provides. "It is the supreme law of the land and nothing can supersede it -- (especially) not the federal government," he said. The former lawman emphasized that county sheriffs, including Big Horn County Sheriff Ken Blackburn, who attended, need to thoroughly understand that they are the last stronghold to protect the citizenry from unjust federal intervention. He added that all law enforcement personnel, each of whom swears to uphold the Constitution, absolutely must know what that involves. Mack revealed a turning point in his life while an officer with Provo Police Dept., during a time when the number of traffic ci- tations written by officers marked their sta- tus. As he recalled, a woman disobeyed a "Stop" sign, and he pulled her over. He said that the car contained several youngsters causing a lot of commotion, and that the di- lapidated vehicle was filled with trash and other debris. The woman, as he stopped her, "raised her hands as though to say, "What else can go wrong." and then, without even looking at him, stuck out her left arm with her license and registration in that hand. Mack remembered thinking of the wom- an's plight, and how paying for the citation would be a hardship. He also realized that her attention likely had been distracted by the rambunctious children and her eco- nomic situation. Regarding the ticket, he thought, "Is this helping this family?" He said, "I looked deep within myself. It was the most penetrating look at myself in my life. I asked myself if I was doing anything that would bring honor to my badge." His unspoken conclusion was to tear up the ticket. He was struck strongly by the thought that, "Police officers are supposed to work for you, not their supervisors." In keeping with the facts and spirit of the Constitution, Mack said that all law enforcement officers should stand with cit- izens rather than following mindless dic- tates. As one example, he noted a recent incident in Montana in which a family was evicted unjustly as the sheriff stood by stat- ing, "There's nothing I can do." That sheriff, Mack observed, is total- ly wrong. He could have, and should have, stood to protect the family, Mack stated. "Just following orders is not an excuse," he said. Regarding federal mandates, he observed that, "The federal government can suggest that states look at a situation, but the fed- eral government has no authority" to make it law, "like health insurance." Further, he not- ed, the Founding Fathers "after their war for freedom" meant for the Constitution to limit the government's power "so our rights would not be trampled." What the country needs, Mack said, is "a conversion to the Constitution," especially by those in government who apparently have never read it. -"Some people say that you can't fight city hall," he declared, "but that was said by city hall!" Likewise, "The federal government can't tell us what to do." He offered several quotes by patriots including Thomas Jeffer- son and James Madison. They specifically stated that "states should refuse to enforce laws which they deemed unconstitutional." Rosa Parks "taught us what we do with stupid laws," Mack said. She is the African American who, in 1955 in Montgomery, Ala., refused to give up her bus seat for a white person upon being ordered to do so by the driver. She now is known as the "mother of the civil rights movement." Her action took on the court's "separate but equal" ruling, which Mack lampooned. He firmly believes, "We need to save our country, and we're gonna' make it; we're going to get our country back." He in- vited everyone to "get aboard the freedom train." What officials are about, or should be, he stated, is to "protect life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness," and not crush individual freedom. "I stand for freedom," he said. "Folks, the states are sovereign. Our duty is to stop the federal government when it goes too far. America: Long may she be free." APPLICATIONS REQUESTED Letters of Application are requested from residents of Big Horn County who are interegted in serving on the Big Horn County Fair Board. Mail your application to the Big Horn County Commissioners at RO. Box 31, Basin, WY 8241 O, by 5:00 RM. on December 3, 2010. BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS APPLICATIONS REQUESTED Letters of Application are requested from residents of Big Horn County who are interested in serving on the Big Horn County Land Planning and Zoning Board. We must receive your letters of application by 5:00 RM. on Decem- ber 3, 2010. Please submit them to the Big Horn County Commissioners, RO. 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