Cleburne County, Arkansas Sheriff Chris Brown is one of two sheriffs in Arkansas who are now declaring that they will not comply with President Joe Biden’s federal vaccine mandate, calling it “dictator-like” and brazenly unconstitutional.
The President has decreed that all federal employees and contractors must be vaccinated against COVID-19. He has also announced that employers with more than 100 employees must ensure they are vaccinated or undergo weekly testing. The fine for each violation is nearly $14,000.
Sheriff Chris Brown wrote a letter that was posted on Facebook to explain his decision to not comply with the federal mandate.
“Since March of 2020, we have seen much controversy over COVID, mandates, restrictions, lockdowns, vaccines, and a number of other things. We have watched as this topic has divided families, friends, and coworkers. We have seen an unprecedented amount of division, hate, and contention among Americans. With the rollout of the COVID vaccines, that division has become more and more widened, and the vitriol more intense between those who believe in the vaccines, those who don’t, and those who are undecided,” Brown stated on Facebook.
“As law enforcement officers, our first duty and what we swear an oath to, is to support the Constitution of the United States, and the Constitution of the State of Arkansas. It is in that defense and the defense of individual liberty that the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office has not, and will not mandate the COVID vaccine for any of our employees. Just like with the flu shot, their choice to get vaccinated or not is theirs and theirs alone, and we respect their decisions,” he continued.
“I am not pro-vaccine, and I am not anti-vaccine. I am pro-freedom, and I am for each person’s ability and responsibility to decide for themselves (in conjunction with their doctor) whether or not to get the vaccine,” the sheriff declared.
“I am appalled at some of the absolute dictator-like things we are seeing from the Federal Government, and several of the State Governments. It is absolute tyranny, and completely abhorrent. It flies in the face of everything our country has always stood for, and is only furthering the damage and division done to the people of this wonderful nation,” Brown asserted.
“CS Lewis said this: ‘Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience,'” he noted.
“It’s time for our politicians and other public servants to stand up and remember that their first responsibility is to protect people’s rights, not to run their lives,” Sheriff Brown concluded.
Faulkner County Sheriff Tim Ryals also posted a letter on Facebook explaining his decision to not comply. He is joining Brown in open resistance to Biden’s draconian federal vaccine mandate in the state of Arkansas.
“This is truly an attempt of tyranny with such an overreach of authority,” he wrote, slamming Biden’s edict.
Ryals is a member of the Constitutional Sheriff and Peace Officers Association. He contends that the choice to be vaccinated is up to each individual or business just as Brown asserts.
He also urged every deputy and citizen to read the Constitution and the Bill of Rights concerning what their rights are as American citizens.
Texas Brazoria County Sheriff Bo Stallman is also defying Biden’s orders in what appears to be a growing movement across the nation.
Stallman wrote a letter to sheriff’s office employees on Saturday declaring he would not require them to adhere to any vaccine mandate and called it an attempt at infringing on individual freedoms.
“As a protector and defender of your individual liberties, I want you to know that you will not be required by the Brazoria County Sheriff’s Office to adhere to any vaccine mandate or any other mandate that would attempt to infringe on your individual liberties and freedoms,” the sheriff wrote. “I want to be clear, this is not taking a stance towards support or opposition of the vaccine. Rather a firm assurance that your freedoms and rights will be defended on my watch.”
“Today, we have a domestic enemy: The potential of a tyrannical, overreaching government that threatens to violate the constitutional rights of our citizens,” Stallman stated.
The three sheriffs join a growing number of elected officials who are speaking out against the federal vaccine mandate, including some who have threatened legal action.
South Dakota GOP Gov. Kristi Noem tweeted to Biden, “see you in court,” while Mississippi GOP Gov. Tate Reeves called him a “tyrant,” and South Carolina GOP Gov. Henry McMaster proclaimed he’ll “fight them to the gates of hell” to stop the enforced mandate. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy called Biden’s approach “flat-out un-American.”
South Dakota will stand up to defend freedom. @JoeBiden see you in court.
— Governor Kristi Noem (@govkristinoem) September 9, 2021
The President has no authority to require that Americans inject themselves because of their employment at a private business. The vaccine itself is life-saving, but this unconstitutional move is terrifying. This is still America, and we still believe in freedom from tyrants.
— Tate Reeves (@tatereeves) September 9, 2021
Rest assured, we will fight them to the gates of hell to protect the liberty and livelihood of every South Carolinian.
— Gov. Henry McMaster (@henrymcmaster) September 9, 2021
President Biden has made small business an enemy of his administration. Forcing main street to vax or pay a fine will not only crush an economy he's put on life support—it's flat-out un-American.
To Joe Biden, force is more important than freedom. Americans won't stand for it.
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) September 9, 2021
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