Thank you Elko County

Pursuant to the powers and duties bestowed upon it by our citizens, The Elko County Commission does hereby resolve that any federal officer, agent, or employee, regardless of supposed congressional authorization, is required to obey and observe limitations consisting of the enumerated powers as detailed within Article 1 Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

That is the opening paragraph of a resolution recently passed by the Elko County (Nevada) Commissioners on June 2. One could just about stop there and say that should be sufficient. However the commission continues…

The people of these United States are, and have a right to be, free and independent, and these rights are derived from the “Law of Nature and nature’s God.” As such, they must be free from infringement on the right to keep and bear arms, unreasonable searches and seizures, capricious detainments and every other natural right whether enumerated or not, pursuant to the 9th Amendment.

We further reaffirm that “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.” (10th Amendment)

Furthermore, we maintain that no agency established by the U.S. Congress can develop its own policies or regulations which supersede the Bill of Rights or the Constitution, nor does the executive branch have the power to make law, overturn law or set aside law.

Therefore, in order to protect the American people, be it resolved that, the following abuses will not be allowed or tolerated within Elko County:

1. Orders restricting citizens from the free exercise of their religion or the right to freely assemble as guaranteed in the First Amendment.

2. Orders depriving its citizens of “life, liberty or property, without the due process of law” as guaranteed in the Fifth Amendment.

3. Registration of personal firearms under any circumstances.

4. Confiscation of firearms without probable cause, due process, and constitutionally compliant warrants issued by a local or state jurisdiction.

5. Audits or searches of a citizen’s personal affairs or finances without probable cause, due process, and constitutionally compliant warrants issued by a local or state jurisdiction.

6. Inspections of person or property without probable cause and constitutionally compliant warrants as required by the 4th Amendment and issued by a local or state jurisdiction.

7. The detainment or search of citizens without probable cause and proper due process compliance, or the informed consent of the citizen.

8. Arrests with continued incarcerations without charges and complete due process, including, but not limited to public and speedy jury trials, in a court of state or local jurisdiction.

9. Domestic utilization of our nation’s military or federal agencies operating under power granted under the laws of war against American citizens.

10. Arrests of citizens or seizure of persons or property or any other action in violation of any constitutional provision under the United States Constitution by federal law enforcement.

The commissioners further resolved to join the Constitutional Sheriffs and Police Officers Association. The commission also encouraged federal law enforcement to work closely with local law enforcement and the District Attorney to assure people’s rights are guaranteed under the United States Constitution, Declaration of Independence or the Bill of Rights.

The resolution’s final paragraph states…There is no greater obligation or responsibility of any government officer than to protect the rights of the people. Thus, any conduct contrary to the United States Constitution, Declaration of Independence, or the Bill of Rights will be dealt with as criminal activity.

It is truly sad state of affairs when a local county government has to pass a resolution telling other government agencies (probably state and federal) what the rights of the people are. When these elected or appointed officials who are violating citizen rights were sworn in, did they swear to uphold and defend a different Constitution?

From the onset of COVID-19 edicts, I felt that the state or federal government had no legal right to tell people how and when they could worship their religion. Should people use wisdom, absolutely, but according to our First Amendment, Congress shall make “no law prohibiting the free exercise of religion.”

I guess it comes down to this. How much freedom are you willing to give up to the government? I personally feel that there is completely too much government interference in our lives already. As we approach the celebration of our country’s independence in the coming weeks, I encourage you to spend some time thinking about your freedom and rights. What kind of future do we want for our children?