Why I'm voting for Pat Arotin for Mesa County Sheriff

By John Wilkenson

Although I didn't know him personally, I voted for John Pennington for Mesa County Sheriff in the GOP primary based on his 2nd-Amendment-friendly, drone-unfriendly campaign speaking, plus the fact constitutional activist Richard Mack campaigned for him. (See also http://www.sheriffmack.com and Wikipedia.) Pennington lost to Steve King, who, having disgraced himself, was replaced as GOP candidate by Matt Lewis. Following are some of the reasons why I won't be voting for Lewis in the general election.

One of the main reasons why I'm voting for Arotin, is the Daily Sentinel's editorial titled "Lewis for sheriff", combined with Lewis' own rhetoric, his lawless behavior as outlined in the Travis Brickey complaint. combined with the fact he has said he is "proud" of how he and his colleagues behaved during that situation. I don't want a man who is proud of blatantly unconstitutional lawlessness to serve as Mesa County Sheriff. It's that simple.

If I were younger and wanted to try to repair a totally broken "justice" system from the inside (an impossibility IMO), I would consider running against such a smooth mealy-mouthed advocate of political policing, police as master instead of servant, and police-state police primacy over the U.S. Constitution, as Matt Lewis myself. My qualifications? Easy. As a person who reads U.S. Supreme Court decisions for a hobby, and who was instrumental in winning John R. Wilkenson v. U.S. Dept. of Interior, et al., 634 FS 1265, I understand -- and, more importantly, care deeply about -- the 4th Amendment and such cases as Ex Parte v. Burford, 7 U.S. (3 Cranch) 448 (1806), Ex Parte Fisk, 113 US 713 (1885), Thrap v People, 192 Colo. 341, 558 P2d 576 (Colo, January 10, 1977), Gerstein v. Pugh, 420 U.S. 103 (1975), and United States v. Watson, 423 U.S. 411, 417 (1976).

One huge difference between a person such as Matt Lewis and myself is the fact that I don't spout canned and polished wannabe-politically-clever Good Old Boy (GOB) primacy-of-the-police talking points. I'm more of a "the government must obey the social contract" kind of person. Because I prefer the role of external critic to being part of what I am criticizing, I can function strictly in the realm of ideas instead of constantly worrying about how to "triangulate" more voters to vote for me. What you see is what you get: direct speech, not "politicalese". I show you the actual law by linking to relevant statutes and Supreme Court decisions. At least that way, if you disagree with the premises of the points I am raising, you know where you have to go to try to make changes in the law. A good example of what I am talking about is my tutorial on "How To Talk To The Police 101".

Because I understand full well that, like judges, policemen, politicians and all people "in power", the MSM serves Power1, and not Truth, Liberty & Justice for all, I was not the least bit surprised by what I consider to be the somewhat mean-spirited anti-Pat-Arotin, demonize-the-Tea-Party tenor of the Sentinel's editorial titled, "Lewis for sheriff", by Sentinel "staff", ostensibly Andy Smith or Jay Seaton. Let's look at it.

The Sentinel said, "The Daily Sentinel’s editorial board met with Lewis, the Republican, and unaffiliated candidates Pat Arotin and James Lange and our conclusion was clear: Lewis is the best candidate by a long shot." Oh really? "Long shot", huh?

The Sentinel said, "By his own characterization, Lewis was being groomed for a leadership position by former Sheriff Stan Hilkey. But he made it clear that he’ll be his own man, not a carbon copy of his mentor." That statement seems to presuppose that Stan "The Drone" Hilkey was immensely popular in Mesa County. I'm not so sure. Speaking only for myself, I wasn't all that impressed with Hilkey's performance in the Lewis Pollard shooting incident. Seemed to me Hilkey was instrumental in obfuscating the facts simultaneously with coaching all the players to get their stories straight. I still want to know the exact location of all the entrance and exit wounds on Pollard's body. That information was withheld from the public -- of course, withholding pertinent information from the public is not new to law enforcement -- and now that Pollard has been cremated, we'll never know. The one thing we know for certain is that former Fruita Police Chief, Mark Angelo, had several different versions of the story.

Then there is the issue of an individual's 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms as a defense against tyrannical government. Despite the U.S. Supreme Court opinions in District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008) and McDonald v. Chicago, 561 U.S. 742 (2010), some folks, notably Democrats, persist in trying to use politically cutesy methods to get their anti-gun way so they can socially "engineer" society to their personal likes. In my view, Hilkey's joining the sheriffs' challenge to Colorado Democrats' draconian anti-gun laws was at best half-hearted and driven solely by Mesa County political realities. IMO, if Hilkey were not sheriff of Mesa County, he would have leaned anti-gun. For me, that automatically eliminates his protégé.

GOBs and RINOs (Republicans In Name Only) love to demonize as "conspiracy theorists2" citizens who foresee a very real possibility of having to defend themselves against the PROVABLE pandemic lawlessness of the federal government and many of its so-called "law" enforcement agencies. People like Hilkey and Lewis don't like to let themselves be cornered into talking forthrightly about such things. They just want to give free reign to their primacy-of-police (instead of the U.S. Constitution) philosophy and "obey-or-die" anti-constitution training. Again, see my tutorial on "How To Talk To The Police 101".

In an age of rampant federal overreach to achieve neofeudalistic goals, it is not remotely unreasonable to want to know where your local sheriff stands on the idea of the feds going house to house and seizing guns. That the Sentinel claims it was able to get Arotin to "back off" on such an issue doesn't decrease Arotin's credibility. It decreases the Sentinel's credibility. IMO the Sentinel's problem is that they seem to truly believe the hoi polloi local yokels are too stupid to understand an esoteric issue such as the unsustainable debt-as-money oligarchy and its insatiable appetite for eliminating the rights of the individual on behalf of the financial interests of the corporate elite. I disagree with the Sentinel's assessment of the situation and their reluctance to talk about the credibility of the government-by-secret military-intelligence-industrial complex which habitually murders people who get in their way. In their elist GOB eyes, people like me are "conspiracy theorists2" and/or "anti-government".

If being a staunch advocate of self-ownership, The Bill of Rights, the U.S. Constitution, and honest money makes a person "anti-government" or a "conspiracy theorist2", I cheerfully admit to being those things before they were cool. To me, being "anti-government" means being vigorously opposed to anti-Constitution anti-self-ownership criminals. Banks in Cyprus have already stolen 60% of their depositors' money in a desperate and unworkable attempt to keep a totally corrupt global banking and monetary structure afloat. The worse economic conditions get, the more people will become "anti-government" and/or "conspiracy theorists". The Goebbelsian establishment MSM is just behind the times, that's all.

The Sentinel said, "Lewis also wants to elevate the profile of the department within the community." I don't believe the police need a higher "profile" in the community, nor do I want them to engage in public relations campaigns as a sneaky method of covering up their all-too-frequently unconstitutional behavior. I just want them to obey their oaths to the U.S. Constitution (which they routinely do NOT do), and throw the bad guys into the pokey with the minimum amount of physical force necessary. That shouldn't be too hard except for their fanatical determination to maintain their so-called " blue wall" of secrecy and self-justification.

The Sentinel wrote, “'Being able to maintain the community’s trust is the biggest challenge we face,' he said. 'Crime trends come and go, but we have to consistently do the things that are important — keeping tabs with with the community, being transparent and responsive to their needs.'” What Lewis should have said was "Being able to maintain the community’s trust despite our deliberate violations of citizens' constitutional rights is the biggest challenge we face". Sound unreasonable of me? In Case 1:11-cv-02175-RM-MEH Chief U.S. District Court Judge Marcia S. Krieger said, "The Defendants’ Motion for Summary Judgment is...DENIED IN PART, insofar as Mr. Brickey’s § 1983 claims for arrest without probable cause and excessive force shall proceed to trial."

The Sentinel wrote, "To that end, he [Lewis] would require leaders within his administration to serve on community boards to heighten the interaction between the agency and the people it serves." Mesa County doesn't need more police hobnobbing with Good Old Boy politicians. That only facilitates and enables politics-driven policing. To repeat, we need law enforcement to obey their oaths to the U.S. Constitution (which they routinely do NOT do), and throw the bad guys into the pokey with the minimum amount of physical force necessary.

The Sentinel wrote, "He [Lewis] told the editorial board he was proud of the actions of deputies in his command on the night of Aug. 21, 2010, which later became the subject of a federal lawsuit against the Sheriff’s Office on claims of excessive force and a Fourth Amendment violation." The most likely reason Lewis says he's "proud" of unconstitutional "law" enforcement behavior is because he is supremely confident that an overwhelming percentage of Mesa County voters won't bother to read the paper work in Case 1:11-cv-02175-RM-MEH in U.S. District Court.

The Sentinel wrote, "We were satisfied with his recounting of that incident." Who in his or her right mind would find that surprising? The GOB MSM serves Power1, not Truth, Liberty and Justice.

The Sentinel wrote, "Volatile situations sometimes demand quick decisions. It wasn’t the first lawsuit filed against law enforcement officers and it won’t be the last. But there was nothing in Lewis’ version of events that gave us pause." So what? Who in his or her right mind among Mesa County's citizenry cares in the slightest about what gives the GOB spinmeisters at the Daily Sentinel "pause"? I mean really? Give me a break! Judges committing felonies against litigants in family court, or police shooting decent people like Adolf Joe Archuleta wouldn't "give the Sentinel pause", so who cares what gives the editorial board at the Sentinel "pause"?

The Sentinel wrote, "But he [Arotin] promulgated views that put him on the same footing as some in the 'constitutional sheriff' movement. Arotin’s opposition to BLM road closures along with his view that sheriffs 'are the last line of defense' against federal intrusion, could put Mesa County in a ticklish situation. Challenged by the editorial board, Arotin backed off his position, saying he needed to brush up on the issue." If Arotin did in fact "back off" in the face of GOB opposition, that's unfortunate. Hopefully this supportive blog will help stiffen his spine.

The Sentinel wrote, "Lewis, on the other hand, made it clear that he has no plans to foment confrontations with federal agencies." That sentence is despicably manipulative. The implication (which Sentinel readers are supposed to be too stupid to notice) is that Arotin plans to "foment confrontations with federal agencies". I don't believe that. And I believe the Sentinel owes Arotin an apology for making such a smarmy suggestion just because they believe it is politically cutesy and they hope it will persuade voters to adopt the Sentinel's point of view. It did persuade me: to oppose the Sentinel's GOB BS and vote for Arotin.

The Sentinel's statement, "he [Arotin] promulgated views that put him on the same footing as some in the 'constitutional sheriff' movement," cannot be allowed to remain unrebutted. That statement shows the Vestigial Dinosaur Media's grotesque "out of touchness" with reality, the general citizenry, and the grassroots networking power of the Internet.

Because, unlike the neofeudalistic elitists at the Sentinel, I am pro-self-ownership and pro-U.S.-Constitution, I am also in favor of "constitutional" sheriffs, just as Richard Mack, Jack McLamb, and other lovers of individual freedom are.

What with a pile of garbage twice the size of Texas floating around in the Pacific Ocean, humanity is on a self-evidently unsustainable course. The propaganda cutesy-pies at the Sentinel need to read such as Ludwig Von Mises (“Human Action”, “Socialism: An Economic and Sociological Analysis”), Frédéric Bastiat (“The Law”, “Economic Sophisms”), Friedrich Hayek (“The Road To Serfdom”, “The Fatal Conceit: The Errors of Socialism”), Murray Rothbard (“Man, Economy, and State”, “The Ethics of Liberty3”), Edmund Contoski (“Makers and Takers”), and/or Hans-Hermann Hoppe (“A Theory of Socialism and Capitalism”). They might actually learn a thing or two.

In his 1946 essay, “Politics and the English Language," George Orwell said, “The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one's real and one's declared aims, one turns as it were instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish spurting out ink. In our age there is no such thing as ‘keeping out of politics.’ All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred, and schizophrenia.”

Systemic GOB government (which includes the GOB MSM) lying abounds. There’s NSA spying, the OKenyan usurpation, 9-11, JFK (80% of Americans don’t believe the government’s story), RFK, MLK, TWA800, OKC, the battleship U.S.S. Maine, Pearl Harbor, Gulf of Tonkin, Aurora, Sandy Hook, endless other “false flag” operations, Waco, Ruby Ridge, $1.5+ quadrillion in phony derivatives, $120+ trillion in unfunded liabilities, $17+ trillion in fraudulent national debt, “QE Infinity” among countless other examples — plus there is an ongoing global currency war in which 80% bail-in “haircuts” and $50,000/oz gold are on the horizon, but the Daily Sentinel et ilk are going to persist in using cutesy language to entertain us hoi-polloi local yokels. Nobody is supposed to notice this stuff. Nobody is supposed to talk about this stuff, because it interferes with GOB corruptocrats ability to steal the assets of the productive classes.

"We have a two-party tyranny in this country, and that is the greatest enemy of the United States of America, period. Nothing else matters except this two-party tyranny. And as long as we have this two-party of crooks – and they're just light weight crooks … What they're not telling you is that the printing presses are going 24 hours a day. We're borrowing a trillion dollars a year in fake digital money … and basically these guys are going to go until we burn the capitol down." ~ Robert D. Steele (former CIA insider, see Steele's video linked below.)

Some might say, "what does the big stuff have to do with Mesa County?" The answer is amazingly simple: law enforcement begins at the county level with county sheriffs who swear an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution and are supposed to protect the people in their counties from all enemies, both foreign and domestic (like the GOBs).

I love the courtroom summation given by Paul Newman playing the part of attorney Frank Galvin in the important movie "The Verdict": “You know, so much of the time we're just lost. We say, 'Please God, tell us what is right, tell us what is true.' I mean, there is no justice. The rich win. The poor are powerless. We become tired of hearing people lie. Then after a time we become dead...a little dead. We think of ourselves as victims. And we become victims. We become... we become weak. We doubt ourselves; we doubt our beliefs; we doubt our institutions. And we doubt the law. But today you are the law. You ARE the law. Not some book, not the lawyers, not the...a marble statue, or the trappings of the court. See, those are just symbols of our desire to be just. They are...they are in fact a prayer...a fervent, and a frightened prayer. In my religion, they say act as if ye have faith and faith will be given to you. If... if we are to have faith in justice, we need only to believe in ourselves and act with justice. See, I believe there is justice in our hearts.”

Yes, I know that conventional wisdom says that 70% of Mesa County's low-information duopoly lemmings frequently vote for GOB candidates without fully understanding the level of corrupt GOB power mongering and king making which exist right here in River City. But ladies and gentlemen of the Mesa County jury/electorate, in this upcoming November election, YOU ARE the law. You will choose our next sheriff. You see, I believe there is justice in our hearts. That's why, win or lose, even though I'm a registered Republican, I am voting for Pat Arotin instead of the Daily Sentinel's choice.

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Pat Arotin for Mesa County sheriff website - Pat's Facebook page

Matt Lewis for sheriff website - Matt's Facebook page

Sgt. Matt Lewis 4th Amendment Update-Mesa County pays over $71K in Attorney's fees - VetTheGovt.com - Read for yourself Travis Brickey's Complaint, the Plaintiff's Motion For Partial Summary Judgment, and Chief Judge Marcia S. Krieger's Order which resulted in the attorney fees.

Transparency loses 'to the ‘blue wall’ - Daily Sentinel, ostensibly Andy Smith or Jay Seaton

Mesa County Sheriff Candidate Sgt. Matt Lewis 4th Amendment Violation and Excessive Force Civil Suit Settlement! - VetTheGovt.com

Asset seizures fuel police spending - Washington Post

Judge gives Kalamazoo County green light to sell woman’s home after property tax mistake - Fox 17 West Michigan

No-Knock Warrants: Protection or Tyranny, by John Wilkenson - via Common Sense

Benita Phillips - Mesa County Sheriff Write-In Candidate Facebook page

Lewis for sheriff, by Sentinel "staff", ostensibly Andy Smith or Jay Seaton

Matt Lewis is the best choice for sheriff, by Pete Hautzinger - via Daily Sentinel

Sheriff should be community partner, GOP contender says, by Matt Lewis - via Daily Sentinel

Q&A: Mesa County sheriff candidate Pat Arotin, by "Staff" - via Daily Sentinel

Q&A: Mesa County sheriff candidate John Pennington, by "Staff" - via Daily Sentinel

The Tea Party loses one in Colorado, by Wayne Hare - via High Country News

Mesa County Republicans choose a new candidate to replace Steve King, by "Staff" - via Denver Post

Sheriff race marked by deep pockets, by Paul Shockley - via Daily Sentinel

Mesa Co. sheriff’s race marked by scandal & criticism, by Jesse Nelson - via Western Slope Watch Dog

Debates unlikely in Mesa Co. sheriff’s race, by Jesse Nelson - via Western Slope Watch Dog

Sheriff Hilkey had pondered King ‘scheme’ during 2013, by Paul Shockley - Daily Sentinel

King should resign - Daily Sentinel editorial

Sen. King should resign, Ethics Watch group says, by Paul Shockley - Daily Sentinel

Sen. King faces charges, by Paul Shockley - Daily Sentinel

Disclosure rule violated with King’s CMU job, by Charles Ashby - Daily Sentinel

King quits sheriff race, by Charles Ashby - Daily Sentinel

King probe widens, by Charles Ashby - Daily Sentinel

CBI to investigate King, timing of IA probe, by Paul Shockley - Daily Sentinel

Criminal probe of King’s actions weighed by DA, by Paul Shockley - Daily Sentinel

‘Brady cop’ tag for King, by Paul Shockley - Daily Sentinel

Embattled lawman victor against novice challenger, by Gary Harmon - Daily Sentinel

King cooked timecard, violated policies, says boss, by Paul Shockley - Daily Sentinel

King: Fired by sheriff for conduct, by Paul Shockley - Daily Sentinel

AMGD Sheriff's Forum

Pro Second Amendment Committee Candidate Forum--Sheriff

Former Eagle County Sheriff "AJ" Johnson endorses Pat Arotin for Mesa County Sheriff

Peach Rally for Pat Arotin for Mesa County Sheriff

Harry Talbot endorses Pat Arotin for Mesa County Sheriff

Gerry Spence on the American "justice system"

Gerry Spence – The Spence Law Firm: Who We Are - I didn't have the computer skills necessary to embed this video, so interested persons will just have to click on the link.

CIA Officer (Robert D. Steele) Explains the Good Old Boys' Demise


1. See With Justice for None: Destroying an American Myth, by Gerry Spence. In addition to being a world-class lawyer who (Wikipedia says) "has never lost a criminal case either as a prosecutor or a defense attorney", I consider Spence to be a great soul, a gifted all-around "Renaissance Man". In addition to Wikipedia and http://www.gerryspence.com, interested persons can read about Gerry at http://www.spencelawyers.com and http://www.triallawyerscollege.org.

I always like to keep Gerry in the back of my mind when dealing with combatively-proud-of-their-ignorance know-it-all manipulative cutesy pies (whether "Left" or "Right" in the political classes.

2. The term "conspiracy theorist" is believed by some to have been invented for the specific purpose of the political marginalization of those who disbelieved the government's self-evidently propagandistic version of the JFK assassination. See "CIA Document 1035-960 Concerning Criticism of the Warren Report" and "CIA Document 1035-960: Foundation of a Weaponized Term", where we find:

"Conspiracy theory’s acutely negative connotations may be traced to liberal historian Richard Hofstadter’s well-known fusillades against the 'New Right.' Yet it was the Central Intelligence Agency that likely played the greatest role in effectively 'weaponizing' the term. In the groundswell of public skepticism toward the Warren Commission’s findings on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the CIA sent a detailed directive to all of its bureaus. Titled 'Countering Criticism of the Warren Commission Report,' the dispatch played a definitive role in making the 'conspiracy theory' term a weapon to be wielded against almost any individual or group calling the government’s increasingly clandestine programs and activities into question."

So, you see, the term "conspiracy theorist" was a wannabe-clever polemical weapon invented by lying manipulative scumbags to cover up their own criminality. It is still the weapon of choice of various GOB scumbags (even local ones) who want to cover up their own lack of fact-based rational arguments in a political discussion of important issues. At the local political level, the term is used by local scumbags to refer to any person who dares to suggest that government operatives routinely violate the terms of society's social contracts (federal and state constitutions). Therefore, I wear the badge of "conspiracy theorist" with pride because I know it is used only by lying, manipulative scumbags against those who have the audacity to disagree with them and/or try to expose their intellectual dishonesty and criminality.

The weaponized epithet, "anti-government" is fairly synonymous with the weaponized epithet "conspiracy theorist". One of the surest indicators of a lying manipulative scumbag/sophist is his or her use of those two weaponized epithets against people who disagree with them.

Back in the hippie days, the term "freak" was used by "rednecks" as a pejorative. The hippies strategically redefined and de-weaponized the word by constantly using it in reference to themselves, e.g. "cheeseburger freak", "chocolate freak", etc.

Strategic political redefinition works like this: if "government" = constitutionally-violative criminal scum (aka "bad"), then "anti-government" = "good". All of a sudden the specific terms of the specific-performance two-party social contracts (federal and state constitutions) become relevant to the discussion. And GOB scum can't handle that because they hate the U.S. Constitution and consider it the quaint and irrelevant "religion" of ignorant and "unnuanced" yokels.

So join the growing ranks of proud self-ownership-loving "anti-government" "conspiracy theorists" today!

3. "As reason tells us, all are born thus naturally equal, i.e., with an equal right to their persons, so also with an equal right to their preservation...and every man having a property in his own person, the labour of his body and the work of his hands are properly his own, to which no one has right but himself; it will therefore follow that when he removes anything out of the state that nature has provided and left it in, he has mixed his labour with it, and joined something to it that is his own, and thereby makes it his property....Thus every man having a natural right to (or being proprietor of) his own person and his own action and labour, which we call property, it certainly follows, that no man can have a right to the person or property of another. And if every man has a right to his person and property; he has also a right to defend them...and so has a right of punishing all insults upon his person and property." ~ Rev. Elisha Williams (1744).

I'd be willing to make a sizable wager that Elisha Williams, who graduated from Harvard at age 17, was a Congregational minister, legislator, militia colonel, jurist, and rector of Yale College was a LOT more intelligent and accomplished man than Mesa County's cutesy local GOB scum who would have called him an "anti-government" "conspiracy theorist"! Unlike the editorial board of the Daily Sentinel, I'll bet Rev. Williams was sympathetic to the Tea Party of his day, too!

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