The sheriff is the ultimate law enforcement power in any state and it is the duty of the “elected” sheriff to protect the people of the county from all enemies both foreign and domestic. So when Sheriff Glenn Palmer of Grant County, Oregon tells the federal agencies that they are not welcome in his county or he refuses to bow down to the UN, he is literally doing the job he was elected to do. Same goes for any sheriff of any county in the united States.
“In Mack/Printz v USA, the U S Supreme Court declared that the states or their political subdivisions, “are not subject to federal direction.” The issue of federal authority is defined even further in this most powerful Tenth Amendment decision. The two sheriffs who brought the suit objected to being forced into federal service without compensation pursuant to some misguided provisions of the Brady Bill. The sheriffs sued the USA (Clinton adm.) and won a major landmark case in favor of States’ Rights and local autonomy. In this ruling by the Supreme Court, some amazing principles were exposed regarding the lack of power and authority the federal government actually has. In fact, this is exactly the issue addressed by the court when Justice Scalia opined for the majority stating, “…the Constitution’s conferral upon Congress of not all governmental powers, but only discreet, enumerated ones.”