Constitutionalist sheriffs vow to not enforce some virus restrictions

Constitutionalist sheriffs vow to not enforce some virus restrictions
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[Ed. – This doesn’t always work to the advantage of actual constitutionalism, but it seems to more often than not, and it’s a salutary factor to have at work in the coronavirus crisis.  There’s too much of an effort to load reasonable restrictions and guidelines up with unreasonable ones.]

In Snohomish County, Washington, Sheriff Adam Fortney is refusing to enforce the governor’s stay-at-home order. He claims the order “intrudes on our right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” On April 22, he told constituents via a Facebook post that “along with other elected Sheriffs around our state, the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office will not be enforcing an order preventing religious freedoms or constitutional rights.”

These Washington sheriffs are far from alone. They’re part of a nationwide group of sheriffs who feel beholden to no one but their voters. As they have on issues such as immigration and gun regulations, they will lead rebellions against higher levels of government – in this case, undermining public health efforts in the name of their interpretation of the U.S. Constitution. …

Unlike police chiefs or commissioners who are generally appointed, sheriffs are law enforcement officials elected by residents of their counties. …

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What sheriffs promise to do is quite likely to come true, because they have much more autonomy than do other elected officials.

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