Now more than ever, Americans are subjected to massive overreach by the federal government’s regulatory agencies, but perhaps none are more affected than local farmers. Such was the case in Indiana, where federal authorities refused to stop harassing a milk farmer, then the local sheriff got involved. The outcome was absolutely awesome.
Elkhart Sheriff Brad Rogers caught wind of Obama’s FDA and DOJ harassing a farmer in his county who was producing and selling raw milk, and it really didn’t sit well with him. Being a Constitutional sheriff, Rogers took action to protect the people in his county from federal overreach, and what happened should give us all hope that we can successfully stand up to the federal government.
Right Wing News reported:
“I understand that you have made recent requests to (the farmer) for documents and to appear before a grand jury, and he has had a number of inspections and attempted inspections on his farm within Elkhart County. This is notice that any further attempts to inspect this farm without a warrant signed by a judge, based on probable cause, will result in federal inspectors’ removal or arrest for trespassing by my officers or I. In addition, if any further action is taken by the federal government on (the farmer), while he is in Elkhart County, I will expect that you or federal authorities contact my office prior to such action. I will expect you to forward this information to your federal associates, including the FDA.”
Shortly after the email was sent, the farmer received a certified letter from the DOJ that said his grand jury subpoena had been cancelled. No federal inspectors have visited the farm since that date — 2 years ago.
Isn’t that awesome? In a later op-ed explaining his actions, Sheriff Rogers wrote:
“Specifically, the FDA was inspecting his farm without a warrant as much as every two weeks,” Rogers wrote. “Typical inspections occur annually. The Department of Justice (DOJ) had subpoenaed him for a grand jury in Michigan in which he was to bring his production documents. The Feds wanted to make this farmer an example.
“My research,” Rogers added, “concluded that no one was getting sick from this distribution of this raw milk. It appeared to be harassment by the FDA and the DOJ, and making unconstitutional searches, in my opinion. The farmer told me that he no longer wished to cooperate with the inspections of his property.”
The incident actually started four years ago, but it’s gaining renewed attention as Sheriff Rogers is still protecting the rights of the people in his county. Back in October, he appeared on Fox News and vowed that he would refuse to enforce any un-Constitutional laws or executive actions on guns coming from Washington.
Check out the video below:
In the same op-ed from before, Rogers explained that if Americans actually try, we can push back against power grabs from the federal government.
“Your local elected officials … can stem the tide of federal overreach if they apply just a little backbone in supporting and defending the Constitution. Expect it! Demand it!,” Rogers wrote. “Some bloggers and natural food writers have hailed me as a hero. I’m no hero. I’m just doing my job. Whether you are conservative or liberal, I will be a guardian of the Constitution for you, and will not stand idly by while the rights of citizens of my county are trampled, whether by criminals or an overreaching government.”
Amen, sheriff! We need more men like this presiding over our local counties. Maybe then we can finally send the message to Washington that we’re fed up with 535 people plus the president trying to tell us how to run our lives.
[H/T: Top Right News]