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No it isn’t what you think.

I, name, do solemnly swear, that I will support the Constitution of the United States of America, the Constitution and Laws of the State of Oregon

-Sheriff’s Office Oath

Okay it has taken me awhile to get around to this, but since it keeps making headlines and causing major debates among friends then I’ll go ahead and jump in.

But first my disclaimer-

I know some are going to yell at me for some of the things I say. But this is my opinion and doesn’t have to be anything more than that. Do me a favor and read through the whole entry before blasting me for writing it. I love listening to other people’s opinions, but I’m a bitch when I’m yelled at.

 

So apparently there are quite a few Sheriffs and law enforcement officers in other positions that are stating that they will not enforce a law that they believe is against the Constitution. On the surface this sounds great. I expect my cops, family, friends, and everyone else to stand up for the Constitution…when it is in danger.

However I do not see a danger over the issue of guns. The federal government is not trying to take away all guns. They aren’t even talking about making all guns illegal. If there was a push for repealing the Second Amendment I would be behind the Sheriffs who sent out those letters stating they would not enforce those laws. This is the secondary point to my post.

So far all I’m hearing is that the White House wants universal background checks and to ban the selling of assault rifles. As far as I know that doesn’t make it illegal to own one. You just can’t buy one at Bi-Mart or your local gun shop. Sounds fairly reasonable to me considering the only thing an assault rifle is good for is tearing through the flesh of humans. (I’m not going to get into the hunting part.)

What really gets me is this next bit from a local Sheriff:

Any federal regulation enacted by Congress or by executive order of the President offending the constitutional rights of my citizens shall not be enforced by me or by my deputies, nor will I permit the enforcement of any unconstitutional regulations or orders by federal officers within the borders of Linn County Oregon.

Stop and think about this for a moment. This Sheriff took an oath not only to uphold the Constitution but also the laws of his State, County, and Country.

He didn’t add- if I feel like it. He didn’t add if it is popular. He didn’t add if I deem the laws correct and just.

Now I don’t want mindless police who enforce the letter of the law (I’d have more speeding tickets if that was the case) but I do expect my cops to enforce all laws…even if they don’t agree with them because that is what they signed up for. That is what they do. Basically by taking the stand that they are most of these Sheriffs are breaking the oath that they took.

I find that disturbing…and a little frightening when they add that they won’t let Federal officers enforce those laws within their counties.

I’m fine with them stating a personal opinion. I encourage it. But I think it is wrong to use your position (any position) to make a statement that says you are basically going rogue.

Now I know that this is mostly posturing and a lot of crying from left to right and back again. But when institutions like police start getting involved and throwing out words like ‘not enforcing’, ‘illegal’, and other hot button words I tend to shake my head.

Is it really worth it to lose people’s faith in your ability to do the job?

Round 4: Where in the giant admits defeat

Be like a postage stamp. Stick to one thing until you get there. -Josh Billings

Even when they tell you that you’re wrong and that you will never get to where you want to go. 🙂 Sometimes it takes a baseball bat and other times it just takes not giving up. In my case it was more fear that caused me to hold on rather than any other emotion, but it was good enough.

Trust me, when looking down the barrel of a thousand dollar threat you really don’t stop to consider you might get nailed. You wade in with stubborn fear and hold on tight to the shield they are trying to rip away from you. And in the end you push past the first line of ‘No’s and move into their scared ground of policy decisions. Not the place to let fear rule.

So you let fear fade into the background and let your conviction come forth. You of course have that sword you’ve been carrying around. Now you get to use it…just not in the way you would have thought. This sword wasn’t intended to chop hands and heads off. This sword was meant to hold off time just long enough for you to deliver the package of letters and official documents you’ve been hauling across the battle field.

Its weight alone is enough to cause those policy makers to pause their work and look a little more closely at the issue you want resolved. They tell you to go away while they look into the matter more closely. You smile and leave knowing that you did not give them all the information you have learned in your time within their domain.

On your way out the back door (gods know the front door is useless now) you snag a few more materials that will aid you should they try to wiggle out again to cause more harm. Policies that are in blatant opposition to the laws of the land yet are still the guidelines they use.

You pause at the door and look back at them. Dark scowls and furrowed brows are all you see. They have taken a major hit and they know it. They will have to swallow pride and dollars just to ensure you do not bring their darkness to light.

Conviction and fear give way to laughter. You don’t care that they can hear it through out the compound. You know and they know you’ve won. They can only glare at you and tell you that you are going to hell.

 

I’m just waiting on the final paperwork from the Giant itself, but it looks like I have won. 🙂 The final paperwork should be in my hands by next week. And then I can celebrate in style. 😀

Round 1

Health consists of having the same diseases as one’s neighbors.-Quentin Crisp

 

And so the saga of health begins. In September I underwent minor surgery while I had different insurance. Now three months later I had to have the follow up test to confirm that everything went well.

The good news- everything is great. 😀

The bad news….

Not only is the hospital trying to charge me, but now my insurance is trying to back out of the ObamaCare rules. 😦 Granted I had to change insurance companies in between September and December but the rule is that the procedure and anything after that is recommended is covered 100%. So now it is a fight between the two insurance companies who gets to pay for the X-Ray. All I know…I don’t/won’t pay for it. ~sighs~ I’ve already had to point that out to the hospital this morning. 😛 We’ll see what happens.

I’m only slightly nervous about getting stuck with a bill from the hospital. But I’m hoping it will take a few months before anything is resolved. It could be shorter but I don’t think so. The hospital likes to pad its bills (yes, I do know this for a fact from September) so they probably won’t put in a claim until January.

One thing that did slightly annoy me is that I know more about this particular part of the law then they do. And they are working in the health care field! This baffles me. If it effects my job I would want to know about it. Even if it is barely within my field I’d like to at least understand it so that if something comes up I can answer questions about it.

But, I suppose, that asking such a thing of a small town/county hospital is a bit of a reach. And being one of the first patients to use the law is not a great big help either. 🙂 So I guess the lesson is- do the research! Know what the law says, what the policy you have says, and most importantly point it out to people.

You really do need to be involved and paying attention when it comes to your wallet and health. Less so the wallet, but very much so your health. Things can go terribly wrong if you aren’t paying attention.

So I guess round 1 goes to me. Round 2 ought to be entertaining don’t you think? 😀

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