THE TAZING OF ATTORNEY MARCUS MUMFORD PAINTS A DISTURBING PICTURE OF INCREASING DESPOTISM
The Right to a Trial by a Jury of our Peers is a long established fundamental Right, codified in 1215 through the Magna Carta. Last week, through the verdict of the Jury in Oregon acquitting the Malheur protesters, America and the world learned again why this Right is so vital to the preservation of Liberty. In a system where the government writes the laws, interprets the laws, enforces the laws, prosecutes the laws, and even sits in judgement of those laws, Trial by Jury is often the only protection of the Liberty of the people. Unchecked by the Jury, the statements of these government agents tell us exactly what the outcome of that trial would have been:
-Governor Kate Brown: “While I respect the jury’s decision, I am disappointed.”
-Sheriff David Ward: “While I am disappointed in the outcome…”
-Dan Ashe, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service director: “We are profoundly disappointed in the outcome of the trial,”
If the judgement were left up to these people we can see that there would be no justice, only slavish submission to government orders. There would be no Right to Protest government abuse, No Right to Free Speech, No Right to Peaceably Assemble, and No Right to Bear Arms. These people, in their statements, have told us all we need to know about who they are – enemies of Liberty. They are indeed the very reason why we have a Trial by Jury as part of the checks and balances of our system.
The actions of the US Marshalls after the verdict was rendered also give us a shocking picture of what our government agents have become. The fact that attorney Marcus Mumford was violently attacked by these agents, handcuffed and tazed, for simply demanding they show legal cause and jurisdiction for detaining his client should be outrageous to every American. The fact it appeared to be in retaliation for the verdict should have every lawyer and bar association across this country up in arms. The fact that Judge Anna Brown sat by and watched this happen in open court with only a minor hand wave as an objection, should be a wakeup call to us all as to what our Federal Courts have become. These are not the scenes we would expect in a nation dedicated to Liberty and the fundamental Rights of Due Process. This is not a third world banana republic. The attack in court on Mr. Mumford paints a picture of despotism and those responsible must be held accountable if America will ever see Liberty restored. Agents of the Federal Government cannot continue to be above the law.
Every American should remember, a government with this kind of unchecked power will be a foe to all men sooner or later. The sword of the government you cheer today, will be the sword that persecutes you tomorrow and all of history proves that to be true. Any loyalty to an expanding and authoritarian government cannot be rewarded or even tolerated if we wish to remain free.
Yes, Liberty was vindicated in the jury verdict. But where will we go from here? As long as there are governors like Kate Brown, sheriffs like David Ward, judges like Anna Brown, and government agents who can wield violent and arbitrary power, Liberty is not secure and no American can rest in the peaceful enjoyment of their lives, liberty, property, and ability to defend the same.
“when all government, domestic and foreign, in little as in great things, shall be drawn to Washington as the centre of all power, it will render powerless the checks provided of one government on another…If the States look with apathy on this silent descent of their government into the gulf which is to swallow all, we have only to weep over the human character formed uncontrollable but by a rod of iron…” Thomas Jefferson, 1812
~ Coalition of Western States, November 1, 2016