Richard Mack, one of those far-right sheriffs (former sheriff, actually, but he’s now the head of the fringe Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association) is making pretty much the exact same argument used to defend slavery: state’s rights (which do not exist). And if states can’t continue to discriminate against gay people, he says, only bloodshed will fix it.
Mack, who argues that county sheriffs are not accountable to federal authority and so should not enforce laws that they believe violate the Constitution, told Deace that America has been losing liberty for a long time, but “it took a tyrant and communist in our own White House to wake a lot of people up.”
“And I will tell you this, if we do not, if the counties and cities and states do not exercise their proper constitutional authority, known as state sovereignty and the 10th Amendment, if they do not enforce their own state sovereignty and secure their state sovereignty, then America will die,” he said. “If we do not exercise the 10th Amendment and state sovereignty, we will lose liberty in America, and we will not get it back unless there’s bloodshed.”“I’m proud of Judge Moore and I’m proud of the state supreme court in Texas,” he said, “and Gov. Perry and other governors across this nation and sheriffs and county commissioners and city councils must do likewise or we will lose.”
Those exact same words could have been said — were said — by Jefferson Davis, Alexander Stephens and the rest of the confederates. The states had a “right” (wrong, states do not have rights, they have authorities) to let white people own black people and if the federal government said otherwise, it would destroy all liberty. And bloodshed was indeed what happened. There isn’t enough of these extremists to spark a civil war anymore, but they sure sound stupid advocating for it.