February 5th, 2013

Sheriff Chris Clinton of Towns County Georgia Letter To Congress


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Office of the Sheriff

Towns County, GA

Sheriff Christopher M. Clinton

January 30, 2013

Hon. Doug Collins – United States House of Representatives

Hon. Saxby Chambliss – United States Senate

Hon. Johnny Isakson – United States Senate


I write to you today out of a sense of duty to the citizens I serve.  It seems that the media is ablaze with half truths and misleading information when it comes to certain rights of every citizen recognized in our United States Constitution – rights, which our Declaration of Independence recognizes were given to us by God and are “unalienable.”  Our founders considered the existence of these rights to be self-evident.  When these words were penned, they were not new ideas.  Rather, they brought to memory ideas that, even 236 years ago, were of such great antiquity that they were easily forgotten or disregarded by governments and men.

I believe that the world today is, for the most part, the same as it ever was.  Throughout time immemorial, there has been a struggle in the human experience – a battle between two opposing forces.  Through the ages, there have been those who would give all authority over to a central form of government, and those who believe in liberty.  Our English heritage records this struggle as it waged in the thousand years prior to our declaring independence.  To say that the Constitution, or any portion of our Bill of Rights is outdated, is to say that mankind is outdated, because the arguments for and against freedom have been with us from the start.

The bedrock of freedom is recognizing the rights each human being is given by their creator and, “That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”   The words of our Declaration and of our Constitution were chosen very carefully by our founders.  They were chosen carefully because words have meaning and their purpose is to convey thought.  It is most unfortunate that we live in an age in which misguided and often self-serving politicians twist the meaning of words for the purpose of misleading the well-meaning and law-abiding average citizen.

It seems that many who are charged with representing “we, the people” have begun to think of themselves not as public servants, but as our masters.  Rather than citizens, they see us as subjects they are entitled to rule over.  They would have us believe that crimes are committed, or at least caused, by inanimate objects which have no will of their own, rather than placing the blame on the criminals who choose, in and of themselves, to commit these crimes.  They would have us believe that certain firearms belong only in the hands of police, or that the right to keep and bear arms is about sporting, rather than defending oneself and one’s family.

The citizens of Towns County have given me the tremendous honor of electing me these three times to serve as their sheriff.  Being sheriff comes with the tremendous responsibility of fulfilling a duty that has developed over more than two and a half millennia of recorded history.  As sheriff, I encourage all citizens to take an active role in their own safety and that of their families.  I recognize their right to defend themselves and their loved ones and expect that they will.  Make no mistake that my deputies and I are coming to their aid as quickly as possible, but in situations when seconds can mean the difference between life and death, I rest easier knowing that most of Towns County’s law abiding citizens are armed and, therefore, better able to defend themselves until their sheriff arrives.

Crimes in this nation are committed by a minute group of people.  In Georgia, less than 1% commits virtually all crime.  Disarming law abiding citizens only serves to create easier targets for those who will, whenever given the opportunity, harm another human being.  Any attempt at such an egregious assault on those rights, both recognized and guaranteed in our Constitution, is both unconscionable and unlawful under our system of government.

As sheriff, I took an oath to support the Constitutions of the United States and the State of Georgia.  I intend to keep that oath.  I am encouraging you to stand firm on this issue and keep your oath of supporting the Constitution as well.  Our citizens both need and expect us to represent them in this issue.  It has been very clearly relayed to me in speaking with the people of my community that it is not the will of the citizens I serve to have their rights infringed upon by any level of government.

I am already aware of many “law enforcement officials” who are being enlisted to express their support of an infringement of the Second Amendment.  I expect that most, if not all, of these “law enforcement officials” will prove to be nothing more than appointed figureheads and, therefore, only capable of declaring publicly the words and positions of their superiors for fear of losing their positions.  I was present when Georgia’s Sheriffs, who serve only the citizens who elect them, were given an opportunity to weigh in on the issue.  The statement they agreed to make to the world was clear and direct: they will stand by their oath!

I want to be very clear so that my position is understood.  As the duly-elected Sheriff of Towns County, Georgia, I have no duty, nor obligation, and cannot be compelled to enforce federal law.  I will, as my oath requires, aggressively oppose any state or federal legislation that attempts to take away any of the natural rights guaranteed under the Constitution to the law-abiding citizens I serve.  I will exercise the full authority of the Office of Sheriff in defending all of the Constitutional rights of each and every citizen of Towns County, Georgia, “so help me God!”


Sheriff Chris Clinton

Towns County, GA


Sheriff Chris Clinton Towns Cty GA


The following article is yet another example of the qualities exhibited by this courageous and patriotic Sheriff. This article is about last year’s 4th Annual Georgia Sheriff’s Youth Homes Benefit Trap Shoot.

Hiawassee, GA - Towns County Sheriff Chris Clinton will host the 4th annual Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes benefit trap shoot on May 18, 2012 at the Chatuge Gun Club shooting range on Owl Creek Road in Hiawassee, GA. Beginning at 8:00am, this is an all day event with raffles, silent auctions, door prizes, food, fun for the kids, and, of course, a trap shoot.

The first Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Home was opened in 1960. Today, there are five campuses around the state serving 100 abused, neglected, and abandoned children. House parents provide a structured, nurturing, safe environment for these children.

In 2011, Towns County placed second in the state for fundraising for this event. All proceeds benefit the Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes and all donations are tax deductible. Sheriff Clinton would like to thank the Chatuge Gun Club members for all their hard work organizing the event.

See article here: http://www.georgiamountainbeacon.com/?p=4982


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15 Responses to “Sheriff Chris Clinton of Towns County Georgia Letter To Congress”

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    Ed Warden Says:

    Now that is a Sheriff and all America should be proud.

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    mike smith Says:

    Thank you Sheriff Clinton you are a true patriot.

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    Patrick C. Says:

    This letter has inspired me to write to my own sheriff and ask him what his position is. His silence on the issue so far is starting to become bothersome after seeing declarations like this from his peers. It’s worth challenging all of the readership to find out, if they don’t know already, whether the sherrifs they elected will protect them from the tyranny of the federal government. My native Maryland was a hopeless case, so I left at the first serious opportunity. Now, my Texas of all places is silent on gun control? Not acceptable, not at this critical time in history.

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    Deborah Says:

    Go GA. my home state. Hiawassee Ga, I have been through many times as a child to camp in NC, it is very beautiful and clean. Appalachian Mountians home of the Cherokee peoples a part of my blood line. No they will not let this serene part of the world be defiled. We could even see the Cherokee tribe come out to defend their homes once again. I think we will one day.

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    Darin Bowers Says:

    Thank you Sheriff Clinton, i am so proud of you guys. What you Sheriffs are doing takes an enormous amount of courage, you are our Fathers’ Sons. This is exactly what Jefferson, Madison, and Samuel Adams did against the Tyrants of their time, you are great men. Any mush minded coward can side with tyrants, but real men stand up and protect the people and honor their Oath. May God Bless you and keep you all safe and strong. And to those who side with the tyrants and will not stand with us….. “If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen,” Samuel Adams. Sincerly, -Darin Bowers

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    GeorgeW. Says:

    Here is the history of our enemy, and the enemy of freedom and our Constitution!

    Legalism and Chinese Philosophy


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    Ed_B Says:

    Dear Sheriff Clinton:

    Your example shows that there are yet men in this country who will not allow tyranny to prevail over us. Our military forces have kept and are keeping our foreign enemies at bay but we, the people, need men like you to stand proud and strong for liberty and against our domestic enemies. We all know who they are. We see them frequently on the TV and hear them on the radio as they attempt to offer what sounds like a reasonable argument: that because 1% or less of our population cannot handle freedom, it should be taken from the 99% who can. Of course, they do not phrase it quite this way but this IS their meaning. They are absolutely pathetic. They are not Americans in any sense of the word as I understand it. I do not know who they are anymore but I take every possible opportunity to vote against these people and to vote for and donate to those who oppose them and support liberty.

    I have written to Garry Lucas, Sheriff of Clark County, WA, on this very subject. That was only a few days ago, so I still hope to hear that Sheriff Lucas is also standing for liberty. Until he replies, I will give him the benefit of any doubt I may have. I have supported Sheriff Lucas several times in past elections but if he chooses not to stand for liberty, my support will go to any opponent who will at the next election. This issue is FAR too critical not to deserve a maximum effort from all Americans who love liberty. Given the sacrifices made by previous generations and the needs of future generations, we can and must do no less.

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    Shorty Dawkins Says:

    It is always gratifying to hear a Sheriff, or anyone, who has taken an Oath to the Constitution stand willing to follow through on that Oath. Oaths are supposed to be binding on the individual. Too many Oath takers simply mouth the words and accept no responsibility to keep it. Thank you Sheriff Clinton for keeping yours.

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    Cal Says:

    Sheriff Clinton, Thank You!

    So many are not standing by their lawfully required oaths of office. What it seems most have forgotten is that those who do not keep the oath are committing both criminal and civil offenses for which there are legal remedies, including arrest and prosecution. Another point is that they no longer meet the lawful requirement of the office or position they occupy and can be immediately replaced. these are important things to remember because the lawfully required oath is their accountability to us, “We the people”. It is our way to bring them back to where they are supposed tobe as a representative or defender of the USA and her people. (caps below are mine for emphasis)

    Federal law regulating oath of office by government officials is divided into four parts along with an executive order that further defines the law for purposes of enforcement.

    5 U.S.C. 3331, provides the text of the actual oath of office members of Congress are required to take before assuming office.

    5 U.S.C. 3333 requires members of Congress sign an affidavit that they have taken the oath of office required by 5 U.S.C. 3331 and HAVE NOT OR WILL NOT VIOLATE THAT OATH OF OFFICE DURING THEIR TENURE OF OFFICE as defined by the third part of the law,

    5 U.S.C. 7311 which explicitly makes it a FEDERAL CRIMINAL OFFENSE for anyone employed in the United States Government to “ADVOCATE THE OVERTHROW OF OUR CONSTITUTIONAL FORM OF GOVERNMENT”.

    18 U.S.C. 1918 provides penalties for violation of oath of office described in 5 U.S.C. 7311 which include: (1) REMOVAL FROM OFFICE and; (2) confinement or a fine.

    The definition of “advocate” is further specified in Executive Order 10450 which for the purposes of enforcement supplements 5 U.S.C. 7311.


    Our form of government is defined by the Constitution of the United States. According to Executive Order 10450 (and therefore 5 U.S. 7311) ANY ACT TAKEN BY GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS WHO HAVE TAKEN THE OATH OF OFFICE PRESCRIBED BY 5 U.S.C. 3331 WHICH ALTERS THE FORM OF GOVERNMENT OTHER THEN BY AMENDMENT, IS A CRIMINAL VIOLATION OF THE 5 U.S.C. 7311.

    Article VI, Clause 2 of the US Constitution: “This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.”

    The Constitution of the United States of America IS the Supreme Law of this land, NOT those who serve within the federal government.

    The first law statute of the United States of America, enacted in the first session of the First Congress on 1 June 1789, was Statute 1, Chapter 1: an act to regulate the time and manner of administering certain oaths, which established the oath required by civil and military officials to support the Constitution.

    The wording of the Presidential Oath was established in the Constitution in Article II, Section 1, Clause 8.

    ‘Before he enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”’

    The Framers placed the presidential Oath of Office after the beginning clauses setting forth the organization of the executive department, and before the ending clauses that specify the contours of the President’s assigned power. The President takes the oath after he assumes the office but before he executes it. The location and phrasing of the Oath of Office Clause strongly suggest that it is not empowering, but that it is limiting – the clause limits how the President’s “executive power” is to be exercised.

    The requirement for all Federal and State Civil officers to give their solemn and binding Oath is established in Article VI, Section 1, Clause 4.

    They are bound by their Oath to support the US Constitution, and should they abrogate their Oath by their acts or inaction, are subject to charges of impeachment and censure – political remedy for a political offense; civil and criminal charges.

    “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.”

    Once given, the Oath is binding for life, unless renounced, refused, and abjured. It does not cease upon the occasions of leaving office or of discharge.

    Solemn: “Legally binding, Common legal phrase indicating that an agreement has been consciously made, and certain actions are now either required or prohibited. The other requirement for an agreement or contract to be considered legally binding is consideration – both parties must knowingly understand what they are agreeing to”
    Bound: “Being under legal or moral obligation; to constitute the boundary or limit of; to set a limit to; confine”

    Legally Binding: Common legal phrase. Lawful action, such as an agreement consciously agreed to by two or more entities, establishing lawful accountability. An illegal action, such as forcing, tricking, or coercing a person into an agreement, is not legally binding. Both parties knowingly understand what they are agreeing to is the other requirement to legally establish an agreement or contract.

    Consideration: “Consideration in a contract is a bargained for exchange of acts or forbearance of an act.”

    Require, Requirement, Required: Mandated under a law or by an authoritative entity. “To claim or ask for by right and authority; That which is required; a thing demanded or obligatory; something demanded or imposed as an obligation.”

    Contract: “An agreement between two or more parties creating obligations that are enforceable or otherwise recognizable at law.”

    The Framers placed the requirement for “Oaths of Office” in the Constitution. These Oaths are to function as “checks” on the powers of the federal government and protect us from usurpations.
    Each Branch of the federal government has “the check of the Oath” on the other two branches. The States, whose officials also take the Oath of Office, have the same check on all three branches of the federal government. And “We the People”, the “original fountain of all legitimate authority” (Fed 22), have the Right to overrule violations of the Constitution by elected and appointed officials.

    Webster’s 1828 Dictionary says for “Constitution”: “…In free states, the constitution is paramount to the statutes or laws enacted by the legislature, limiting and controlling its power; and in the United States, the legislature is created, and its powers designated, by the constitution.”
    If any Branch fails to obey the “supreme Law”, then, in order to preserve the Rule of Law, the other Branches, or failing that, the States or the people, must overrule them”.

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    Cal Says:

    If you do not think that: the Patriot Act, NDAA, warrantless spying/searches/tracking/etc, TSA at our airpots/bus stations/train stations/on our roads, multiple executive orders, gun control, and much, Gunatanamo, Assassination = MURDER also, and much, much more are not violating Executive Order 10450, and others you are greatly mistaken. They ARE altering our form of government by unconstitutional means.

    Executive Order 10450 provision specifies it is a violation of 5 U.S.C. 7311 for any person taking the oath of office to advocate “the alteration … of the form of the government of the United States by unconstitutional means.”
    Our form of government is defined by the Constitution of the United States.
    Thus, according to Executive Order 10450 (and therefore 5 U.S. 7311) any act taken by government officials who have taken the oath of office prescribed by 5 U.S.C. 3331 which alters the form of government other then by amendment, is a criminal violation of the 5 U.S.C. 7311.

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