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Can America's sheriffs save our Constitution and our precious liberties? The exhaustive history of the sheriff has yet to be written, but much is known of the rise of these county leaders, once called shire reeves, in old England. Sheriffs are termed the “the oldest appointment of the English crown.” Sheriffs were first established when the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms were finally assembled into the Wessex-based Kingdom of England around 1000 AD.
In the Colonies, the Crown established sheriffs, as done in Britain by royal decree. But, before long, the democratic process was employed to elect them. Ironically, it now appears that the ancient sheriff, the last representative of popular, local federalism – might be the last chance for America to retain our civil liberties before the onslaught of the colossus of government tyranny. This hope is represented by the Oath Keepers, whoe support local sheriffs defnding our Constitution against federal insurgency. Also, the doctrine of Nullification, or refusal to apply unconstitutional laws is being applied across America on gun regulations -- refusing federal demand for control.
This article is composed in 2 parts explaining the history, function and constitutional warrant of the local, county American sheri
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