By Michael Boldin – Tenth Amendment Center –
“Without local enforcement, by compliant local authorities, the will of the central government is not much more than hot air.”
In what should be seen as a blueprint for effective resistance to federal power, the Nashville Police refused to help the Secret Service after a “frantic call for backup” to enter and search a resident’s home without a search warrant.
According to News Channel 5:
“A Secret Service agent made a frantic call for backup to Nashville police after he and another agent went to the home of a Nashville man, investigating threatening comments on Facebook about the President. The man who posted them had refused to let the agents into his house.
He shoved the door in our face and went around the corner. Looks like, we’re not sure if he … possibly he had a gun in his hands,” the agent told a 911 operator.”
“The resident refused to come outside and shouted back, ‘Show me your warrant,’” said Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson.
While much of the media attention focused on the fact that the SS agents asked a police sergeant to ‘wave a piece of paper’ in an apparent effort to dupe the resident into thinking that they indeed had a warrant when they did not, most coverage missed what might be even more important.
Refusal to participate with federal acts on a local level is legal, constitutional – and effective.