Sheriffs’ Group: Crisis is When We Most Need the Constitution

The following is a transcription of portions of a recent radio broadcast on Sam Bushman’s radio show, Liberty Round Table. Bushman is a radio talk show host and a board member of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association:

I’m going to point out what I would do if I were President. I would spend my, (probably not two hours of the seventeen minutes or an hour every single day)… I would probably spend my time with a whole lot shorter venues, but I would focus on how we’re obeying the Constitution – how we’re using the checks and balances to really promote the greatest country on the face of the earth. We are setting this up as a beacon, as a light on a hill to teach the nations of the world how to appropriately share authority, respect power, and literally obey the checks and balances. That’s what I believe.

Look, whenever there is a crisis, whenever there is a crisis of the day as Richard Mack wisely coined, actually that was in a court case. Whenever there is a crisis of the day, they seem to say, well, the Constitution is wonderful Sam but, we are going to set it aside right now because it’s crisis time. When we get back to normal, then we will go ahead and be super Constitutional of course. I have a problem with that! I think the biggest time we need the checks and balances, the biggest time we need the Constitution, and the vertical and horizontal checks on power…the biggest time we need to obey the Constitution is when there is a crisis.

Because of the coronavirus, we need to double down and go to the Constitution more than ever – not circumvent it or pretend it doesn’t exist or halt it or set it aside temporarily because of the ends justifies the means, or we have to act now. The Constitution is the political supreme document designed to help us work through this in a way that does not fundamentally change America – that does not put government in control of us – that does not allow government to cross lines of authority. The constitution is the answer. It’s more the answer in the middle of any crisis. The bigger the crisis the more the supreme law should be the answer and the more the checks and balances should be followed.

If I were President, that’s where I would go. I would educate people on the checks and balances. I would educate people on my authority and what I can do. I would be putting a lot in congress’ court to work on and do. I would be doubling down and telling you how I am keeping my oath of office and what I intend to do to use this supreme law and turn to the Constitution and to God, to work through this crisis in the way the founding fathers intended and I will not violate your rights in the process. I will do my very best to use the blueprint given to us, specifically designed for when a crisis occurs.

Does that seem like a reasonable way to move forward? Good heavens, I have got an oath and I intend to keep it, and I demand everyone else keeps their oaths as well. We are going to respect the new process of law. We are going to give you the best guidance we can give you – the best intel on the ground we can give you. We are going to leave it up to the states and the people respectively, based on the tenth amendment. We are just going to use this blueprint, baby, like you’ve never seen before. Get on board or get the heck out of the way, people. Come on!


Jim Kouri National Assn. of Chief of Police

Jim Kouri Conservative Base's editor, Jim, is founder and CEO of Kouri Associates, a homeland security, public safety and political consulting firm. He's formerly Fifth Vice-President, now a Board Member of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, a columnist, and a contributor to this Radio Show. He's the author of two books: "Crime Talk: Conversations with America's Top Law Enforcement Officers" and "Assume the Position: Police Science for Journalists and Screenwriters." . Kouri appears regularly as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Fox News Channel, Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, etc. He also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty (Law & Order).. He holds a bachelor of science in Criminal Justice from Southwest University and SCI Technical School in New York City and completed training at the NYC Police Academy, FBI Continuing Education Program, and the Certified Protection Professional (CPP) of the American Society for Industrial Security. To subscribe to Kouri's newsletter write to [email protected] and write "Subscription" on the subject line.

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