For many, the term sheriff conjures up images of the Old West. A few may consider a sheriff some form of outdated and obsolete political office. But for me and countless other patriots across our nation, a sheriff is the epitome of good and necessary county law enforcement.
As documented on the Durham County website, the position of a sheriff originated in England 1,000 years ago, known then as a shire reeve, who was “the steward of the king’s estates, guardian of the peace, judge and jury of the Shire County (county court) and was the local agent of the king in military affairs. The king also appointed him as the chief police magistrate.”
In the U.S., the office of sheriff was first established in Virginia in 1634. On Oct. 9, 1662, the General Court of Virginia called Capt. Samuel Stephen “to be a commander of the southern plantation” (which was actually later located in what became North Carolina).
Of course, if you mention the term sheriff at the moment, most thoughts go racing to Arizona and Maricopa County’s 20-year Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his plight with the feds and fight against illegal immigration.
Regardless that there is a plethora of amazing sheriffs across the country doing incredible work subduing lawbreakers and keeping their counties clean of mischief, the mainstream media, or MSM, are working double time with the federal government to make sure when you think of sheriffs, the picture painted in your mind is one of runaway renegades – badged outlaws on the loose.
Despite how you feel about Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s personal conduct, government suspicions or severity of criminal discipline, there is no doubt that the feds entanglements into his affairs are a massive overreach of local and state laws and jurisdictions. It is pathetic that President Obama himself as well the entire left-wing progressive establishment is in a multi-million dollar smear campaign to discredit and take down Sheriff Joe, as his own re-election website proclaims, “because I have led the fight in Arizona against illegal immigration.”
Rush Limbaugh was right in recently calling out the MSM’s bias against Sheriff Joe in that, despite that he received repeated online death threats by an avid Obama supporter, not a single left-wing news source reported it. But a year ago, when Rep. Gifford was shot by a madman, the MSM were quick to incriminate any right-wing sources, including polemical innuendos on former Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin’s and Rush Limbaugh’s websites, for contributing to the killing spree on that dark, tragic Arizona day.
My question is this: If there isn’t any credence to the left-wing demonizing and entrapment of Sheriff Arpaio, then why would billionaire progressive George Soros spend millions of dollars on anti-Arpaio campaigns and pledge millions more to defeat the toughest U.S. Sheriff’s re-election?
Consider just a couple of the orchestrated efforts by the Obama administration and Soros-funded organizations:
- In Jan. 2010, 60 influential black leaders condemned Sheriff Arpaio in an ad sponsored by Center for Community Change (an organization supported by $1,715,000 from Soros in 2010 alone).
- In December 2011, the U.S. Department of Justice accused Sheriff Arapio of civil rights violations, discrimination and racial profiling against Latinos.
- In January 2012, President Obama appointed another new czar as the director of his Domestic Policy Council, Cecilia Munoz, who previously served on three heavily funded George Soros organizations’ boards: his Open Society Institute, the Center for Community Change (mentioned above) and most recently worked for the open-border lobbyist group who fights for mass immigration and amnesty for illegal aliens, the National Council of La Raza (an organization supported by at least $362,000 from Soros in 2010 alone).
- In February 2012, Janet Murguía, the National Council of La Raza’s president and CEO, officially “demand[ed] that Arpaio step down immediately” and “resign as sheriff of Maricopa County.”
Do you think those Obama-Soros intertwined connections and workings are coincidental?
The Obama administration and far-left-wing progressive agents like George Soros are persecuting Sheriff Arpaio because he won’t turn a blind eye to tens of thousands of illegal aliens flooding into America. And their underhanded and intimidating message is being played and replayed by their MSM minions for every other U.S. sheriff and freedom-loving American: Don’t you (even as law enforcement) dare to stand up against illegal immigration, the Obama administration and the rest of the left-wing establishment – or we will bully and demonize you as discriminatory and racist, too.
In the end, with civil rights as their front, the greatest tragedy of the Obama-Soros tag-team is that it not only further extends the tentacles of the federal government and a European-style of socialism but also dismantles and strip the very power and institution of America’s county sheriffs. Like with the seizure of states’ 10th Amendment’s rights, so every aspect of local law enforcement is being usurped by the federal government, too.
Let me offer a reminder from one of our Founding Fathers, Samuel Adams, whose spirit still speaks to every sheriff and freedom-loving American, that, when it comes to any overreaching power from sea to shining sea: “Let us remember that if we suffer tamely a lawless attack upon our liberty, we encourage it.”
My wife, Gena, and I are big supporters of sheriffs and all other local law enforcement, as well as other federal and state officials, including highway and U.S. Border Patrol and, of course, Texas Rangers. I wear my honorary Texas Ranger badge and title proudly! And my wife actually served as a correctional corporal and reserve deputy sheriff in California before we were married. Her list of duties and responsibilities were extensive, and she wore her badge with great honor.
We consider Sheriff Don Sowell in our own county to be among the best in the Lone Star State. He is a personal friend to us and a formidable foe to any who would cause riff-raff in our county, as are most sheriffs across our great country.
Ride on, American sheriffs! Ride on!
Chuck Norris is the star of more than 20 films and the long-running TV series "Walker, Texas Ranger." His latest book is entitled The Official Chuck Norris Fact Book." Learn more about his life and ministry at his official website, ChuckNorris.com.