A Sheriff in New York, Richard Giardino in Fulton County, has refused to obey Governor Andrew Cuomo’s limit of ten people in a house over the holiday season. The sheriff rightly calls it “unconstitutional.”
Cuomo responded to the sheriff’s interposition by referring to the sheriff as a “dictator.” Cuomo’s senior advisor, Richard Azzopardi, stated of Sheriff Giardino, “Politicians acting like politicians and ignoring what the actual experts say has been fueling the spread of this virus is what plunged this country in this continued public health crisis in the first place.”
These are the lies of tyrants.
Though Cuomo calls the sheriff a dictator, the dictator is Governor Cuomo. Sheriff Giardino is upholding the Constitution and the liberties of the people – Cuomo is trampling them.
Azzopardi’s assertion that actions like Sheriff Giardino’s is what has “plunged the country into this continued health crisis in the first place” – is an example of the lies tyrants tell. Azzopardi is demonizing the sheriff.
As I point out in my book The Doctrine of the Lesser Magistrates, whenever a lesser magistrate refuses to obey the unjust, immoral, or unconstitutional orders of a tyrant superior authority, the tyrant superior authority will always demonize and marginalize the lesser authority.
The duty of the people when they see the interposition of the lesser magistrate is to rally to and with that lesser magistrate in order to stop the tyrant authority.
The doctrine of the lesser magistrates is demonstrated when the superior authority (like a governor) acts lawlessly and attacks liberty, it is the duty of the lesser magistrates to interpose and not obey their unlawful actions. The lesser magistrate doctrine was first formalized by Christian men in 1550, but has also been seen in non-Christian nations showing it is natural to man.
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