By Colonel Mike Angley
There has been a growing movement in the country over the last five or six years, a movement to recognize the important Constitutional role our nation’s sheriffs perform. Sheriffs have begun to awaken to this role, to embrace it, and to honor the critical duty it imbues in them.
A sheriff is, by most state Constitutions, the chief law enforcement officer in the county. By assuming this status, a sheriff performs a check and balance role on behalf of the citizens who elected him to office. In many respects, the sheriff becomes the ‘last man standing’ against government tyranny, overreach, public corruption, and rights infringement.
States rights are guaranteed in the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. This Amendment holds, ‘The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.’
States craft Constitutions that define their respective governments, and among these authorities is that of the county sheriff. The Constitutional Sheriff movement recognizes this sequence of Constitutional authorities as providing a clear line to the check and balance role they perform.
In 2013, Colorado’s liberal state legislature passed a series of unconstitutional gun control laws. At the same time, President Barack Obama, no stranger to gun-grabbing schemes, sat in the White House. The stage was set for a showdown.
Nearly all Colorado sheriffs, in 54 out of 64 counties, signed on to a federal lawsuit against the state. More significant than that, these same sheriffs pledged not to enforce what they believed were unconstitutional laws. This act of defiance – this vociferous ‘check and balance’ — became a seminal moment in the Constitutional Sheriff movement.
I have been a writer for The Conservative Pundit for one year, and before that, I wrote for Breitbart, oftentimes focusing on the Constitution and our God-given rights. I have been a critic of government in these forums as well as in social media, taking the role as a pundit to the edges of sarcasm on many occasions.
I recently decided to stop complaining about government and to do something about it. In August of 2017, I filed as a Republican candidate for Sheriff of El Paso County, Colorado. It is my first foray into politics, and it has confirmed for me all the reasons I distasted politics from the sidelines. But I also recognize the importance of having an elected sheriff, as described above. So here I am seeking political office.
Part of my platform focuses on the Constitutional Sheriff concept, a solemn responsibility I hold dear in my heart. I have pledged to the citizens of the county my unwavering commitment to preserving their natural rights. I will sign on with the other sheriffs who have refused to enforce Denver’s gun-grabbing laws and I will equally push back against any laws – federal or state — that infringe upon the Constitution’s guarantees.
Early on in my campaign, I spoke with Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, AZ. He shared with me his wisdom and guidance and inspired me to fight for what is right for the people of El Paso County. He mentioned how he earned a reputation early on for cleaning up public corruption, one of my priorities when I assume office.
I am challenging the incumbent, another Republican, an uphill battle for sure. But I am buoyed each and every day as I meet people who are pulling for me. The other night I gave a speech before a firearms coalition in my county.
I spoke with passion about the Constitution, our rights, and the Constitutional Sheriff concept. A woman came up to me afterwards and told me she hasn’t heard a politician speak the way I did in a very long time. She told me I inspired her. My reply, ‘Actually, it’s you who have inspired me.’
Please visit my campaign website to learn more about me and my candidacy: www.angley4sheriff.org.
Colonel Michael (“Mike”) Angley is retired from the United States Air Force, a published thriller author, and a conservative writer who fashions himself as Attila the Hun with a laptop. Mike wrote for Andrew Breitbart’s Big Government and Big Peace blogs before the Breitbart consolidation, receiving superb feedback and kudos for typically weaving in pop culture references with his far right perspectives. He enjoys writing about military affairs, national security issues, and politics and is an avid Second Amendment advocate. When he’s not writing, he’s busy annoying liberals with FaceBook posts and Twitter tweets that point out the obvious flaws and fallacies of the left.
During his 26-year USAF career, the Colonel was a Special Agent with the Office of Special Investigations (OSI). The OSI is a sister agency to the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) and has an identical mission that includes felony-level criminal, fraud, and narcotics investigations as well as counterintelligence and counterterrorism operations. His USAF experiences spanned multiple regions around the globe with five command assignments and duties at foreign, regional, theater and national levels.
He is a seasoned counterintelligence and counterespionage officer from the Cold War era, and if you ask him he’ll tell you the spy-vs-spy days were indeed the heady, glory era of espionage. During the latter half of his career he focused on counterterrorism missions in the Middle East and the Far East and operationalized many of today’s concepts for this unique arena while working the sand dunes of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and a few other “choice” locations. When Colonel Angley retired in 2007, he was a Senior Supervisory Special Agent and was in command of all worldwide OSI matters at Air Force Space Command in Colorado Springs, CO.
Mike Angley is also a published, award-winning author of three thriller novels in the “Child Finder” trilogy. His debut novel, “Child Finder,” received a glowing review from the Library Journal which placed it on its Summer Reading list in 2009. “Child Finder” and its companion sequel novels all won various awards from the Military Writers Society of America (MWSA) and the Public Safety Writers Association. In 2012, Mike was named MWSA’s “Author of the Year,” largely for work on his third novel, “Child Finder: Revelation.”
As an avid user of social media, Mike can be found and friended on Facebook (mike.angley) and followed on Twitter (@MikeAngley). His website is www.mikeangley.com. Following his USAF retirement, Mike and his family stayed in Colorado Springs, CO where they enjoy daily, majestic views of Pikes Peak and the Rocky Mountains.