Another Right Wing Plan to Take Over Territory

We’ve already had the Free State Project, where people planned to take over a state and turn it into a libertarian paradise, and Christian Exodus, which planned to take over South Carolina and turn it into a theocracy. Now we have a right-wing plan to take over a county in Arizona and then refuse to comply with federal law.

Richard Mack, the former sheriff and “posse comitatus” figure, announced earlier this month that he planned to run for sheriff in Navajo County, Arizona, where “Patriot” activists plan to ignore federal laws they don’t like – and he urged participants at last weekend’s “I Will Not Comply” gun rally to join him there.

“I want you to carefully, prayerfully consider moving there with me, and I’m serious,” Mack said Saturday in Olympia, Washington. “You want to live in a free county? You want to live by constitutional law? You want to not be worried about federal government coming in and ruining your lives and families and hauling you off at midnight? Come live with us there.”

Right Wing Watch reported that Mack explained to pro-gun and anti-government activists that establishing “constitutional counties” was the last “peaceful” option to defend freedom from tyranny.

“If we’re going to take back freedom, we have one opportunity to keep it peaceful, and that is the enforcement of state sovereignty by our sheriffs and by our state and county legislatures,” he said.

I don’t know where this obsession the right wing has with county sheriffs come from. A lot of them really do believe that the county sheriff is the highest legal authority in the land, which is simply bullshit. But this plan will fizzle just like that KKK plot to take over a city in Idaho failed.

"And...God hasn't destroyed any other country where gays can get married. In fact, most of ..."

Swanson: God Will Punish Australia for ..."
"It's best to keep it vague.This has always worked for God and Trump, but I ..."

Davis May Face Gay Man She ..."
"Technically, neither does hers, but it doesn't seem to have slowed her down."

Davis May Face Gay Man She ..."
"I was trying to remember whether she was on marriage #4 or #5. I think ..."

Davis May Face Gay Man She ..."

Browse Our Archives

Follow Us!


What Are Your Thoughts?leave a comment
  • D. C. Sessions

    Navajo County? I wonder what their plans are for the people it’s named after. Or for that matter the Hopi or the Apaches (the White River tribal seat is in Whiteriver, which is in Navajo County. [1])

    [1] Obviously, they weren’t all that concerned for that kind of detail when drawing county lines or naming the counties.

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    I don’t know where this obsession the right wing has with county sheriffs come from.

    It is, quite literally, an expression of authoritarianism at its most basic and primitive level.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    You want to not be worried about federal government coming in and ruining your lives and families and hauling you off at midnight?

    Oh, come on! That’s ridiculous! Everyone knows the federal government only hauls people off durning business hours!

     

    But this plan will fizzle just like that KKK plot to take over a city in Idaho failed.

    To be fair, that’s only because they couldn’t find one.

  • http://zenoferox.blogspot.com/ Zeno

    I hope this cracked-brain scheme does fizzle, but let’s not forget the experience of Antelope, Oregon, which was once taken over by the followers of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. If a sect or other tight-knit group of crazies narrows its focus sufficiently, it could dominate a small community and turn it into their own hellish notion of heaven on earth. That’s why I’m always encouraged when they set their sights on a state or county, which is usually too big for their ambitious takeover schemes.

  • D. C. Sessions

    Zeno, do you have any idea of the size of Navajo County?

  • http://festeringscabofrealityblogspot.com fifthdentist

    “… Christian Exodus, which planned to take over South Carolina and turn it into a theocracy.”

    And the lifetime achievement award winner for redundancy goes to Christian Exodus.

  • typecaster

    D.C. Sessions – It’s just under 10,000 square miles, with just over 100,000 people, which rather supports Zeno’s point. It’s way too big for the half-dozen or so wackos that will take him up on the offer to move there to actually influence in any real way.

  • gog

    Somebody else already hit the nail on the head. The office of county sheriff is most frequently occupied by authoritarian bullies or corrupt shysters (not mutually exclusive). It’s such an easy office to abuse.

  • typecaster

    Badly phrased. The “him” in my last post was Richard Mack in the OP, not Zeno.

  • raven

    The white Supremacists recently tried to take over what seemed to be all but a ghost town in North Dakota.

    IIRC, it failed.

    White Supremacists Tried to Take Over a Town: Here’s the …

    gawker. com/ white-supremacists-tried-to-take-over-a-town-heres-the-151…

    Feb 4, 2014 – Leith, North Dakota, was once a ghost town. But recently, there’s been a population boom: white supremacists have begun moving into the …

    No big deal. There are plenty of ghost towns and near ghost towns in out of the way places in the west and central USA. They are ghost towns for a reason, nothing there, no reason to be there, and a nonexistent economic base.

    Let them starve and freeze in the winter. Out of sight, out of mind.

  • raven

    Mormon Former AZ Sheriff Richard Mack Calls For “Uprising …

    www .back2stonewall. com/…/mormon-az-sheriff-richard-mack-calls-upri…

    Jan 5, 2014 – He’s a graduate of the FBI National Academy who preaches that county sheriffs are the highest legitimate law enforcement officials in the land.

    Why are Mormons so damn malevolent and weird? Why do they hate the USA? They did after all move to Utah to secede and fought the Utah war with the USA. If it wasn’t for Harry Reid and John Huntsman, I’d just assume they were all that way.

    Richard Mack, Clive Bundy, the polygamist cults of the FLDS, Brigham Young, Joseph Smith, –seems like an endless parade of the worst that humans can produce.

    Go ahead call me a bigot. I at least have 15 million reasons, the number of Mormons they claim in the world. The actual number is probably half that though.

  • busterggi

    “I don’t know where this obsession the right wing has with county sheriffs come from. ”

    Just goes to show how far the right-wing has fallen – the idea of a political entity that would constitute a state is beyond their imagining. Small minds = small thoughts.

  • petemoulton

    Richard Mack, aka Bold Sir Robin Mack, is the moron who proposed using women as human shields at the Cliven Bundy standoff. If (when) the big, bad feds come to visit him in Navajo County, I don’t doubt that he’ll be trembling behind women’s skirts once again.

  • Larry

    I wonder if they’ve given any thought to how they would obtain necessary supplies and services, what with all roads in and out being blocked and no power or water being delivered.

    It sounds like a nice laboratory to determine how long it takes before cannibalism becomes their primary hobby.

  • scienceavenger

    Now we have a right-wing plan to take over a county in Arizona and then refuse to comply with federal law.

    They did this already. They call it The Bundy Ranch.

  • Sastra

    I don’t know where this obsession the right wing has with county sheriffs come from. A lot of them really do believe that the county sheriff is the highest legal authority in the land, which is simply bullshit.

    They only pick ‘county sheriff’ as the highest legal authority in the land because ‘husband and father’ sounds silly even to them. But the ideal model of government seems to be authoritarian households where each man is the BOSS, the master of his own castle.

  • erichoug

    Hell, let them. There’s plenty of land out in West Texas that they could have. After we remove the roads, the sewers, the power, the water and any other services of America along with erecting a border fence to keep out the illegals and terrorists from their third world shithole. They could then build their own Constitutional Utopia. I

    give it about a week before the less healthy ones are dead and about a month before they’re all dead.

    What would be funny would be to offer them Humanitarian aid and then send only missionaries with Bibles. HAHAHAHAHA. Idiots.

  • shadow

    erichoug@17:

    Worse — $cientologist auditors.

  • fleetfootphilo

    “You want to live in a free county? You want to live by constitutional law? You want to not be worried about federal government coming in and ruining your lives and families and hauling you off at midnight? Come live with us there.”

    Cool man, I’ve moved down here to live in freedom with the rest of you! So, guys, where can I grow my cannabis?

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    It’s rather strange how the bedrock belief of “Constitutional” conservatives is that the very government created by the Constitution is illegitimate.

  • blf

    If I recall correctly, in the case of Leith, North Dakota, people from the nearby First Nations territory played a large and important role in undermining the “plan”.

    There are at least four First Nations territories located (in whole or in part) in Navajo County. So, if the example of Leith is anything to go by, that’s an important reason to think the fascists will be in for a well-deserved hard time.

  • weatherwax

    “I don’t know where this obsession the right wing has with county sheriffs come from.”

    It comes from the Sovereign Citizens movement, which believes the US government collapsed, and the country was purchased, lock, stock, and barrel, by a large multinational corporation, ie Da Jews.

    Therefore, the elected county government is the highest level of legitimate government.

  • abb3w

    @0, Ed Brayton

    I don’t know where this obsession the right wing has with county sheriffs come from.

    According to a piece I spotted over at HuffPo (with Maddow commenting on Bundy by way of this clown) it looks like it was a legal theory promulgated in works such as Guide for Volunteer Christian Posses by the Colonel/Reverned William P. Gale, who helped found the Posse Commitatus movement and was apparently kicked out of the John Birch Society for being just too far out there.

    It looks like he may have been based out of Mariposa County. I wonder if there’s something in the water out there?