The position of Sheriff is an elected position because, in theory, the Sheriff is answerable directly to the people, not a bureaucracy. Like all elected officials, the Sheriff also takes an oath to the Constitution, and is, in theory, bound by the Constitution.
In Napa County, our elected Sheriff quit with three years remaining on his term. Rather than having another election, my Napa County Supervisors appointed Sheriff John Robertson to serve out the remaining three years.
On March 20, 2012 I had an opportunity to talk personally with Sheriff John Robertson at a Napa Sheriff’s “Coffee with the Cops” Problem Oriented Policing Program (POPP) meeting. What I learned was disturbing.
POPP is a variation of the COPS program (Community Oriented Policing Services) adopted by many cities in America. The POPP Mission Statement: “The Mission of the Napa County Sheriff’s Office Problem Oriented Policing Program is to employ non-traditional police methods, in collaboration with our local partners within the local community, to address those issues that affect quality of life of the citizens of the unincorporated areas of Napa County.”
At the POPP meeting there were four POPP Sheriff Deputies and Sheriff Robertson. There were only three citizens that attended, myself and two others. This gave me an opportunity to talk with Sheriff Robertson.
Within my Napa County General Plan is the statement “the rights of the individual are to be balanced with the rights of the community and needs of the environment” (The definition of communitarianism is “balancing the rights of the individual with the rights of the community”). Sheriff Robertson was familiar with this statement. I asked Sheriff Robertson to define Individual rights and community rights and how they are “balanced.”
The first thing Robertson told me is “you know you surrender some of your individual rights to live in the community.” Sheriff Robertson went on telling me “The community is the people…The laws are made by the people within the community…your rights are subject the community laws and regulations…my duty is to serve the community…this is the reason we have councils and committees created by Napa Citizens to create the laws and regulations the entire community lives under.”
I told Sheriff Robertson, the “community is government.” Many of the laws and regulations are made by a very few people that, in many cases, are serving their own interests. Also, many of the laws and regulations come as requirements attached to subsidies coming from the state and federal government. People are corrupt at all levels of government. There is no difference between the corruption at the federal, state, and community level of government. Why should my rights be subject to the corruption, simply because government chooses to call itself community?
Sheriff Robertson told me to stop thinking “outside the system and work from within the system.” I was told I needed to “join a council or committee and work on changing things from within.” I told Sheriff Robertson “it is impossible for me to join every committee and council and stop the rights being taken away in my community.”
Sheriff Robertson told me to “Look around. This is what America is today.”
Bottom line, my Napa Sheriff Robertson answers to the bureaucracy, which calls itself the “community.” It’s simple logic that if my Sheriff believes he can “balance” my rights, he implies government (in the name of the community) owns my rights. You can’t “balance” what you don’t own. This is the communitarian totalitarian philosophy many of our public officials have adopted.
Under both communism and Nazism, the “community” is used as the instrument of control. Under both systems you have no individual rights to protect you from government. Your duty under both systems is to serve the community, both the good and the corruption in the community. Without individual rights to protect us from the “community,” you could take Napa, California and put it in the middle of the Soviet Union or Nazi Germany. There would be no difference in government philosophy.
By the way, Article 29 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that our duty is to serve the "community" and our “rights and freedoms” are subject to the goals of the United Nations (meaning, the globalists behind the United Nations). Also, United Nations Agenda 21 Sustainable Development, as defined in California, calls for “balancing” the “Three Es” of Economy, social Equity, and Environment. The Three Es covers every aspect of life on earth. Again, government can only “balance” what government owns. The globalists behind Agenda 21 Sustainable Development, by their definition of balancing, believe they already own every aspect of our lives.
Ask your public officials in your community to define individual rights and community rights. If they imply your rights are balanceable or negotiable because you live in the “community,” tell them “This is America. We are born with our individual rights. You don’t own my rights. You don’t own my Bill of Rights. The community is government. Government can’t balance or negotiate my rights away. You are a public servant that has taken a sworn oath to our Constitution. Your duty is to protect the individual rights of every citizen in America.”