Letter To The Editor: Apparently Council Didn’t Get Memo

By JOHN N. HORNE
Los Alamos Deputy Sheriff

All around this nation we are seeing the rebellion of the electorate, in both parties, against those who have been loaned the power to govern by the people of this Country. Whether it is the rise of Donald Trump, or the inability of Hillary Clinton to put away Bernie Sanders, it is obvious that the vast majority of the people in this nation are tired of deceitful, self-serving politicians who place their agenda ahead of the will of the people.

Apparently the Los Alamos County Council did not receive the memo. Even after months of watching America rebel against dirt-bag politicians, the council still has the gall to use political subterfuge to attempt to override the will of the people of Los Alamos and to override state law by attempting to limit the duties of the office of sheriff, which are defined under NMSA (§4- 41-14): “The sheriff and his deputies serve and execute all processes, writs and orders as directed by the magistrate and district court judges and, to some extent, by the municipal court judges, provided prior satisfactory arrangements for payment for the sheriff’s services have been made.”

The Los Alamos Council has zero authority to override state law. The Class H County designation allows for very limited discretion on a few issues but it does not allow the council to violate established law.

These rogue counselors seem to believe they have the power to pick and choose which laws they will follow even though each one of them took an oath to uphold all the laws of the state. There also seems to be a misconception amongst a majority of politicians that the titles of their office grant them powers that allow them push around the citizens. Let’s dispel that myth right now by referring you to the Supreme Court decision Chisholm v. State of Georgia:

“Sovereignty is the right to govern; a nation or State-sovereign is the person or persons in whom that resides. In Europe the sovereignty is generally ascribed to the Prince; here it rests with the people; there, the sovereign actually administers the Government; here, never in a single instance; our Governors are the agents of the people, and at most stand in the same relation to their sovereign, in which regents in Europe stand to their sovereigns. Their Princes have personal powers, dignities, and pre-eminences, our rulers have none but official; nor do they partake in the sovereignty otherwise, or in any other capacity, than as private citizens.”

This ruling and hundreds of others like it prove that in our system office holders are mere servants. They are not Kings, they are not demi-gods, they are the maid, they are the pool boy, they are the help, and they need to get that through their heads and stop acting like tyrants. We should demand that our servants operate within the boundaries of the law, and when they work outside of those boundaries they must be held accountable. Councilors O’Leary, Henderson, Girrens, and Candidate Chandler do not deserve your vote because they do not understand their true role in government. Servants must know their place. And it is high time that we the people re-establish our authority over them.

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