May 13, 2017
On Saturday, May 13th, the Kansas Chamber of Liberty held a "Rock Your Rights" rally and fundraiser for Shane Cox and Jeremy Kettler. (You can read their plight and the injustice committed against them at www.thefreedomcoalition.com) Guest speakers included Ted Nugent, GOA's Larry Pratt, Kris Kobach, the KS Secretary of State, and yours truly, Sheriff Mack. It was a beautiful day, and thank goodness for that, as the event was held outdoors at the Hog Holler Saloon in Ozwakie, KS.
I was able to speak personally with both Cox and Kettler and asked how they were able to make a living, now that the federal courts have declared both men to be felons for life. Let me remind all of you, this is just another example of federal bureaucrats creating criminals out of law abiding citizens. This is what happens when Congress takes no responsibility for the agencies they create! Both of these federal victims are struggling, as you can well imagine after a lengthy court battle and the subsequent conviction. Cox and Kettler are emotionally and financially drained. If any of you would like to donate to them you can do so at cspoa.org or thefreedomcoaltion.com. The CSPOA has donated to them already and will be sending more.
The highlight of the day was definitely "Uncle Ted" admonishing the crowd of nearly one thousand people, to get more involved in the freedom movement.
Nugent even ordered one and all to join CSPOA and Gun Owners of America. Yes, Ted Nugent is a Life Member of both organizations.
The event was a tremendous success! We encourage one and all to take Ted Nugent's admonitions to heart; get more involved in standing for liberty, join GOA and CSPOA, and donate to Cox and Kettler.
May 11, 2017
On Thursday May 11th, we held another TFC conference call with about 30 people participating. We spoke of all the federal victims we are trying to free from federal crimes and abuses, with emphasis on Sam Girod. His son, August, gave us an update on his father's case. Sam has been in prison for over four months now and was awaiting sentencing on June 16th. Now that date has been postponed until June 30th.
We have heard from Sheriff Clarke this past week that he intends to help these victims, but he added that it must be done right. We agree and await his next call.
Progress is being made, but we need more workers and at least one person in Congress to help. So far we have none.
Apr 21, 2017
On Patriots' Day, April 19, 2017, 242 years to the day after the First Shot Heard 'Round the World at Lexington, MA, a group of 45 people, still
yearning for liberty, met together on a conference call to discuss possible solutions for the victims listed on TheFreedomCoalition.com. Thirty different
States were represented, but the special guest for the night was Sam Girod's son, August. August updated us on his father's well-being and spirit. We all
are praying for Sam and his family and all the other victims of federal crimes.
Ed Zimmerman, one of the 45 people on the call, summarized the conversation quote: "That was a wonderful conference last night. We are working with the Amish and Mennonites. Thanks for all your efforts. We need to do more."
Yes, we do and that was the exact purpose of the call. We were encouraged that the past President of Campaign For Liberty was on the call, Norm Singleton.
We look forward to working with him. We are all going to do more!
It would be impossible to list all the names on the call, but suffice it to say, it consisted of many Patriots across this great nation! We have a lot of work to do.
Our next meeting is scheduled for May 10th.
Mar 21, 2017
Another day in DC and this time, some major steps forward. I went in more Senate and Congressional offices today (3-21-17) including the office of Senator Rand Paul. One of the front desk clerks remembered me from last time three weeks ago. I was very firm in my communication with them in addressing the fact that Senator Paul has a constituent in prison who happens to be an innocent Amish farmer. I told the three staff members that those of us on the Freedom Coalition plan to conduct press conferences and national interviews, knowing full well that we will be asked what Kentucky Senators are doing to free Sam Girod. I added that we want to know Senator Paul's official stand on helping Sam Girod and what he is going to do.
Well, about an hour after I left his office Senator Paul's Legislative Counsel (Atty) called me and emailed me and we talked at length again today. The bottom line is Senator Paul is with us on helping Sam and wants to work with us to achieve a Presidential Pardon for him. We are doing some research regarding the protocol for submitting a request to the President for an official pardon.
I met with other activists from Maryland who are totally on board with what we are doing. They said the "freedom movement" needs a "shot in the arm" and that this Freedom Coalition might just be what the Doctor ordered.
Whether it is or not, we are going to keep fighting! Thanks to all of you for your support!
Mar 20, 2017
Today I arrived in DC after some long hard work finally paid off from some of our members, namely Curt and Sam, who arranged a vital meeting for me with Congressman Jason Chaffetz, who chairs the Government Oversight and Reform Committee. (If there was ever a cause or time for "Oversight and Gov't Reform" it is this cause of freeing innocents and it is, now!
On my "Red Eye" flight from Phoenix I ran into an old friend and AZ Congressman, Trent Franks. He and I spent some valuable time discussing our Freedom Coalition work and his possible involvement to help us. We concluded with his invitation for me to stop by his office today, which I actually did twice.
I stopped by KY Congressman Brett Guthrie's office and spoke to his staff about helping us with the horrible injustice that had befallen one of his fellow Kentuckians, Sam Girod. I left the TFC letter and the letter to President Trump from KS Governor Brownback. I also did the same in several other congressional offices. Then I met once again with Andy Biggs, my congressman, and then finally Congressman Chaffetz. This meeting with him went very well! I believe that Chaffetz, Biggs, and Franks are totally on board and will do something to get this cause in front of President Trump!
The staff for all three were fantastic!
More tomorrow! We are making headway!
Mar 18, 2017
The Freedom Coalition (wwwthefreedomcoalition.com) is a nationwide group of professionals and average Americans who have united to call for the release of many people who are currently in prison or who have been victimized by federal bureaucracies for violating unlawful regulations and rules that have not been passed by congress. The original open letter to President Trump, Congress, the Attorney General, and other authorities, along with the list of Coalition members, which include congressmen, Judge Andrew Napolitano, and others, may be found on the Coalition website.
According to today’s official announcement of the National Timeout Day (attached),
“The People of America are hereby calling for a National Timeout Day for April 1, 2017 (No Fooling!) a day when all politicians and the media, and all Americans stop talking about Russia, Health Care, Wiretapping, Tax Returns, Immigration, or which leader is lying, and focus on one issue; returning jailed innocent Americans to their families!!! “
The announcement also lists several of the people that need to be freed. One example is:
“Sam Girod, an Amish farmer in Kentucky, has been fending off the FDA for five years. He was recently arrested and now sits in a federal prison. What was his crime? Sam Girod actually made a healing salve out of Chickweed and shared it with people in need. He was stripped from his family and now faces life in prison!
Donations to defray costs of lobbying Congress may be made on the website also.
Feb 15, 2017
Kenneth Wright had his home raided and ransacked in Stockton, CA by the Dept of Education SWAT Team, because his estranged wife failed to pay back her student loan. He did not go to prison, but was placed in a hot patrol cruiser for 6 hours while the SWAT team raided his home to “search for evidence.” This federal SWAT mentality (Dept of Ed.) has got to stop.
Feb 13, 2017
Feb 10, 2017
Well, the last day of this trip will be the beginning of a new effort and movement to stop tyranny in America and to help fellow Americans victimized by our bureaucratic Gestapo.
On Friday I reviewed the week's events in DC and NY with the Patriots of the Power Hour (Joyce Riley) and then right after that show with The Liberty Round Table (Sam Bushman). Then I hurried to a meeting I had with Tom Jackman, a reporter for The Washington Post. That was probably the best and most productive meeting of the entire week, except maybe the meeting I had with Congressman Biggs. The Post seemed genuinely touched by the horrible stories I shared with them. Jackman even looked several of them up on the internet.
Then I walked around the corner to do an interview, TV and radio, with Thom Hartman. He's a real liberal, but he's an honest and good man and I totally respect him. The last words out of his mouth were, "Free Sam Girod!"
We echo those words for Sam Girod and all of the other victims across this great land. Truly, it is up to us to make America great again! This lofty goal will never be achieved if we allow our innocent neighbors to remain in prison.
Feb 9, 2017
Well, a huge problem happened to me on my "way to the forum" (NYC to be exact) and it was Mother Nature. She made my trip to the Big Apple almost impossible and with very little results. On Thursday the 9th, NYC was hit with a deadly blizzard that shut down schools, businesses, and transportation (except taxis, thank goodness).
My first visit was to Trump Tower where I weaved my way through SWAT Teams, Secret Service, and several other layers of hotel and private security. At the end of all this, I was told I could not even go up the elevator without having an appointment or someone else calling the Trump family or staff to pave the way for me to even make it to the Trump receptionist. So, Sam and I got busy calling our Trump contacts to see if anyone could make such a call. No luck!
I left a little discouraged; to be so close and yet so far away. My spirit was further dampened by the fierce wind and snow in my face waiting out in the NY streets for a cab.
I next went to FOX News and tried to get my contacts there to help me arrange some interviews with reporters I have done them with in the past. Again, no luck. Most of them did not even make it to work that day.
So I headed over to the New York Times Office to see a reporter who had done a story about me and "Constitutional Sheriffs" in 2010. He actually came to a speaking event I did in Idaho. But, the snow blocked that meeting from happening as well.
Some doors did open in NY, but only momentarily. There will be some follow up after I get home. And yes, I will be back!
Feb 8, 2017
My first appointment today was at 8:30 a m with Congressman Louis Gohmert from Texas. He was very sympathetic to our cause and the victims we are fighting for. He left our meeting to go to a Heritage Foundation retreat in NY to discuss legislative mutual concerns. I believe Rep Gohmert will help us. He is definitely on our side.
Then I met with Congressman Paul Gosar (AZ) and we tried to schedule an appt. We could not connect today, but we will.
Then I went to my miraculous appt. with Senator Schumer's staff at 11:00. At 11:25 I was turned away with a huge apology that "Rodney" had to get to the U S Capitol to help the Senator with his Senate speech against Jeff Sessions becoming the Atty General. So, I left disappointed and frustrated, but still on good terms with his front office staff. They were very nice the entire time.
I went by several other congressional offices, including Bishop (UT), Chaffetz (UT), and Messie (KY) and Amash (MI). All were out of the office as the House of Reps ended their session today. The staff of each were great!
Then at 2:15 I met with Congressman Andy Biggs, who just happens to be Rick's good friend and my Representative. He's a good man! His response to what we are doing was the best of anyone I met with this week.
I am now in NYC, attempting to see some key media people and trying to make some more miracles happen. BTW: NY is having one of its worst snow storms in several years. Your prayers are very much appreciated. I'll be back in DC tomorrow night or early Friday morning. We have some big media meetings lined up as well.
Feb 7, 2017
The Senators whose offices I visited today include:
Sessions (AL), Shelby (AL), McCain (AZ), Flake (AZ), Roberts (KS), Moran (KS), McConnell (KY), Paul (KY), Daines (MT), Schumer (NY), Heitkamp (ND), Inhofe (OK), Alexander (TN), Cruz (TX), Lee (UT).
The only Senators I spoke with personally were Cruz and McCain. Cruz seemed very interested and added that he had a direct line to the Oval Office. McCain's was in passing, but said he looks forward to meeting with me.
The irony of this day is that of all the senator staffers that I met with the rudest was Jeff Sessions' and the most congenial was Schumer's. Furthering the irony, Schumer's staff was the only one to reply to me today and invited me in for a work session tomorrow! I actually reminded his receptionist that then Congressman Schumer (1995) and I debated on GMA with Paula Zahn regarding my fight against the Brady Bill. And now here he is inviting me back. Let this be a reminder to us all, that what we are doing here to free our neighbors is a non partisan crusade!
Then this evening I went to a reception of the National Sheriffs' Assoc. The NSA President and I had a good talk and we agreed to meet together tomorrow.
All in all it was a long day with very sore feet. (But worth every blister!)
Thanks for all of your support!
Feb 6, 2017
It was cold and foggy Kansas morning, but it wasn't enough to dampen our spirits. About 75 people showed up outside the Federal Courthouse at 8am to show support for these two good men who had already been convicted of several felonies. (Maybe we need to focus on jury nullification classes a little more. But that's another subject for another day, even though it sure had bearing on this one.)
The crowd exchanged their thoughts about the potential of Cox and Kettler having to go to prison, though most of us believed that they would not do any time.
We were standing on the courthouse steps on the South side of the building at 401 Market St, as we readied to hear a few remarks from Sheriff Mack and KrisAnne Hall. At that moment a couple of federal agents came and got in our faces ordering us to stay off the "federal" steps and that standing on the steps was "trespassing."
Several of us objected to the ridiculous warning and one agent (security officer) yelled at me "you've been duly warned." I told him I did not appreciate being threatened and that I was a former sheriff." He said, "Then you should know better." I firmly replied, "You should know better because this is a 'peaceful assembly.'"
He stormed off.
At about 9:30 we all went into the courtroom of one Judge Martin. The room was quite packed with only a few seats empty. When the Judge came in he directed his comments to the large crowd. Then he lectured us for about 15 minutes about all the letters he had received from some of us and how he had tried to do the right thing in following the law as best he could through this entire trial. He rambled about following the Constitution, adhering to SCOTUS rulings, and obeying the "laws" of the Tenth Circuit "who grades his homework." This poor judge is so confused about principles of liberty and who in gov't has the duty to stand for them.
Well, the bottom line is that Cox and Kettler received no prison time and very small fines. However, they will be felons the rest of their lives and will lose many civil rights for life.
So the battle rages on; appeals are being prepared and executive clemency is being sought for them in Washington by Sheriff Mack. We will not stop until the right people who can do something to stop these injustices will actually do just that; Stop These Injustices!
Feb 2, 2017
United States of America v. Shane Cox and Jeremy Kettler
The Kansas Second Amendment Protection Act, which passed in 2013, says firearms, accessories and ammunition manufactured and kept within the borders of Kansas are exempt from federal gun control laws.
The decision handed down by U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten allows federal firearms charges against Shane Cox and Jeremy Kettler to stand. The ruling clears the way for their sentencing on Monday.
The case could reverberate across the country because it cites the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, pitting the federal government’s right to regulate firearms against the rights of states. The judge overseeing the case expects it ultimately to end up before the U.S. Supreme Court.
At trial, defense attorneys contended their clients believed the Kansas law made their activities legal, arguing they are “caught in the crossfire” of the struggle between the state and the federal government over gun control.
This Lawsuit Could Shatter ALL Federal Gun Control Laws!