|Elias Alias note: Steven Armbruster is a currently-serving peace officer in Pennsylvania who is running for the office of Sheriff of Carbon County, Pennsylvania. Steven is an award-winning Oath Keeper as well as being a Constitutional peace officer. Steven Armbruster is the president of the Pennsylvania Oath Keepers state chapter and works with the Sheriff programs being promoted nationally by Oath Keepers Board member Sheriff Richard Mack.|
by Steven Armbruster on October 13, 2011
Recently, a county judge in Wisconsin ruled that American citizens "do not" have a civil-right to consume the foods of their choice. In the case in particular, the judge ruled, "specifically" that the plaintiffs do not have a fundamental right to consume the milk from their own cows.
I was so taken aback by the ruling that I contacted the attorneys involved in the case. I wanted to make sure that I understood all of the issues and also that I was prepared to defend the Ninth amendment "civil-rights" of our county citizens to consume dairy products. Obviously, these rights can never be taken away from them by a judge.
I have made a decision concerning this matter and I will explain it this way:
There are three branches of government, 1) the "legislature" (they make the laws), 2) the "judiciary" (who interpret the laws) and 3) the "executive branch" (who physically carries out the "orders" of the court ").
Our founders created this system and established structural "constitutional safeguards". This system is necessary and is designed to safeguard our liberties. Each branch of government has "only" the amount of power necessary for them to perform their constitutionally mandated "duties". The sheriff is part of the "executive branch" of government and he must defend the constitutional rights of the citizenry by carrying out only "lawful orders".
This has been established as a final "check and balance" and exists, at least in part, so that we don't fall into a state of "judicial tyranny".
This case very clearly represents a situation where, I as sheriff, would refuse to carry out the orders of any judge who would mandate that county citizens be prohibited from eating the foods of their choice. Or in this matter, to drink the milk from their very own cows.
A true "constitutional sheriff" would impose himself in this instance to protect the "civil-rights" of his citizens, the court has ruled that it is not an option for the sheriff to refuse to enforce "clearly unlawful orders", but a "duty".
It is truly remarkable that a sitting judge would want "Rosa parks-the consumer of milk" to be pushed to the back of the bus. Refusing to follow this "unlawful order" would be no different than refusing to enforce "Jim Crow era" laws that mandated racial segregation.
I have issued a press release and it you can read it here: (enjoy!)
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