Dog Whistling for the Stupid

William Stone, Sheriff of Accomac Shire, Virginia, 1634

You must be very careful out there, these days, the stupid it lurks everywhere. Paul Mirengoff tells us that Jeff Sessions when he spoke to the National Sheriff’s Association lately had the effrontery to refer to our Anglo-American legal heritage. He said.

I want to thank every sheriff in America. Since our founding, the independently elected sheriff has been the people’s protector, who keeps law enforcement close to and accountable to people through the elected process. The office of sheriff is a critical part of the Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement.

Cue the stupid outrage:

Sen. Brian Schatz (D. Haw.) led the charge. He tweeted:

Do you know anyone who says “Anglo-American heritage” in a sentence? What could possibly be the purpose of saying that other than to pit Americans against each other? For the chief law enforcement officer to use a dog whistle like that is appalling. Best NO vote I ever cast.

My word, does he think our law was delivered on stone tablets on Mt. Washington, by the Spaghetti Monster, or perhaps that we borrowed that paragon of fairness, the Zambesian legal code.  Life is hard, and it harder when you are still stupid, and even worse when you haven’t the sense to shut up.

Even some leftists know better

From Barack Obama in 2006:

The world is watching what we do today in America. They will know what we do here today, and they will treat all of us accordingly in the future—our soldiers, our diplomats, our journalists, anybody who travels beyond these borders. I hope we remember this as we go forward. I sincerely hope we can protect what has been called the “great writ”—a writ that has been in place in the Anglo-American legal system for over 700 years.

Obama invoked the same tradition in 2008, while campaigning for the presidency. The Washington Post reported:

Obama, who taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago for more than a decade, said captured suspects deserve to file writs of habeus corpus. Calling it “the foundation of Anglo-American law,” he said the principle “says very simply: If the government grabs you, then you have the right to at least ask, ‘Why was I grabbed?’ And say, ‘Maybe you’ve got the wrong person.’”

As President, Obama continued to speak of the Anglo-American legal tradition. From CBS News:

Obama would not say whether [closing Gitmo] could be achieved within the first 100 days of his term, citing the challenge of creating a balanced process “that adheres to rule of law, habeas corpus, basic principles of Anglo-American legal system, but doing it in a way that doesn’t result in releasing people who are intent on blowing us up.

The Sheriff goes far back into our history. Yes, we all know the semi-legendary role he played in the American West. But he was an old hand by then.

The Sheriff was the chief law enforcement officer in colonial America, the first sworn sheriff was William Stone, pictured above, who was sworn in as the Sheriff of Accomac Shire in Virginia in 1634.

Thomas Jefferson said that the Sheriff was, “the most important executive officer of the country”.

But this is recent history, The Sheriff is mentioned nine times in Magna Charta. Nor was it a new office then, even if this is contemporary with the Sheriff of Nottingham chasing Robin Hood.

In fact, the Shire system was designed by King Alfred the Great around 871AD and Shire was administered by none other than the Shire Reeve, which term, English being English became the Sheriff.

Think about that for a bit, that guy that in our more rural areas many us know, might even be friends with, his office was established by King Alfred the Great, taken over as is by King William the Conqueror, mentioned in Magna Charta, the first executive agent in the American colonies, helped bring law and order to the Wild West, and continues on much the same today, 1147 years later.

Hat tip to: The Henry County Sheriff’s Office.

Dan Hannan tells a story about a few years ago, when the UK was seeking to decentralize and democratize law enforcement (don’t worry, leftists, they mostly got over it) he told all and sundry that the proper term for the executive was the “Sheriff”. He says he was rebuffed with the comment that the term was ‘too American’. Must have studied history with Sen. Brian Schatz (D, Stupid).

That looks a good bit like an Anglo-American heritage there to me, Pilgrim.

[On another note, see you at Ash Wednesday service, and Happy Valentine’s Day. The first time since 1945, that the two signal markers of love have happened on the same day. Seems fitting somehow. God’s perfect love reflected in our (very) imperfect love of his creatures.]

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10 Responses to Dog Whistling for the Stupid

  1. the unit says:

    There’s even a picture when he said it. 🙂
    http://1061evansville.com/files/2013/04/ObamaPledgePhoto-630×611.jpg?w=980&q=75

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    • NEO says:

      No real surprise! 🙂

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      • the unit says:

        I’m full of no real surprises today.
        The blog where I found the picture says…” take the time to do a little research to find the real truth”.
        Blog master relates…”Both Snopes and Politifact quote Anne Garside, director of communication for the Maryland Historical Society, home of the original manuscript of the Star-Spangled Banner, in regards to the modern interpretation of the code. She states, that modern custom does not require a hand over the heart, and that she thinks ‘the bottom line is that you show respect with your demeanor…Whether you put your hand over your heart, hold your hat at shoulder level or waist level, is really in this day and age irrelevant.'”
        Modern custom = the truth. Huh? 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          Not in my world, mostly, but I can live with most forms of respect, it tends to be disrespect that rather inflames me. Although the President should do it right as an example. Well, in my day, that’s what we believed. 🙂

          What was it dad said? Oh, yeah, “Don’t make examples, be an example.” 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          Good advice. Sorta like economy…trickle down example. 🙂

          Liked by 1 person

        • NEO says:

          🙂

          Like

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  3. Nicholas says:

    And speaking of the spiritual battle: pray for magistrate Richard Page, who is before Croydon Employment Tribunal for saying that a child’s best interests are to be placed with a mother and father rather than a same-sex couple. May he give a testimony to the Truth and may the powers be shaken; let the executive offices of this country be held by godly people.

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    • NEO says:

      I shall, but fear he’s got a swarm of hornets to deal with.

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  4. bydesign001 says:

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