When the Chairwoman of the Warren County Board meeting tried to close down public comments on the introduction of a Constitutional Sanctuary County resolution, the citizens began singing the National Anthem. The Chairwoman gets overruled by the other members of the Board.
What is pretty amazing is that this wasn’t even the beginning of public comments. There were already a number of speakers before this and they still had more than 50 more people signed up to speak. This is exactly what we need to get back to in order to push the Constitutional Sanctuary movement forward.
Well done to the Patriots out in Warren County, Virginia!
The following is the resolution that was being proposed to the board, as reported by the Warren County, Virginia GOP:
CONSTITUTIONAL COUNTY SANCTUARY RESOLUTION OF WARREN COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
WHEREAS, Amendment I of The Bill of Rights states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” and,
WHEREAS, the Constitution of Virginia Article 1, Section 1 states, “That all men are by nature equally free and independent and have certain inherent rights, of which, when they enter into a state of society, they cannot, by any compact, deprive or divest their posterity; namely, the enjoyment of life and liberty, with the means of acquiring and possessing property, and pursuing and obtaining happiness and safety;” and,
WHEREAS, the Constitution of Virginia Article 1 section 12 states, “That the freedoms of speech and of the press are among the great bulwarks of liberty, and can never be restrained except by despotic governments; that any citizen may freely speak, write, and publish his sentiments on all subjects, being responsible for the abuse of that right; that the General Assembly shall not pass any law abridging the freedom of speech or of the press, nor the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for the redress of grievances;” and,
WHEREAS, Amendment IV of The Bill of Rights states, “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated….” and,
WHEREAS, Amendment VIII of The Bill of Rights states, “no excessive fines shall be imposed”; and,
WHEREAS, The Governor, through an unlegislated order, is currently prohibiting the gathering of more than 10 citizens at a single time (even in their own homes); and,
WHEREAS, The Governor, through an unlegislated order, has placed undue strain on local businesses, while illogically and unequally restricting some more than others; and,
WHEREAS, The Governor has restricted free commerce and has instituted excessive fines for businesses unable or unwilling to act as police to enforce unlegislated orders upon customers; and,
WHEREAS, The Governor has restricted citizens by imposing lockdowns and curfews; and,
WHEREAS, The Governor has alluded to the possibility of enacting further unlegislated orders; and,
WHEREAS this order is clearly in violation of the Constitution of Virginia and the United States Bill of Rights
WHEREAS, the Warren County Board of Supervisors does not recognize the Governor’s order pursuant to the Constitution of Virginia Article 1 section 2 which states, “That all power is vested in, and consequently derived from, the people, that magistrates are their trustees and servants, and at all times amenable to them;” and,
WHEREAS, the Warren County Board of Supervisors wishes to express its deep commitment to the freedoms enumerated in the Bill of Rights; including the rights of all citizens of Warren County to peaceably assemble and to engage in commerce for the financial support of themselves and their families, and
WHEREAS, the Warren County Board of Supervisors wishes to express opposition to any order or law that would unconstitutionally restrict the rights of the citizens of Warren County, and
WHEREAS, the Warren County Board of Supervisors wishes to express its intent to stand as a Sanctuary County for the Bill of Rights and the Constitution; and to oppose, within the limits of the Constitutions of the United States and the Commonwealth of Virginia, any efforts to unconstitutionally restrict such rights, and to use such legal means at its disposal to protect the rights of the citizens of Warren County to freely exercise their religion; to peaceable assemble; to freely engage in commerce; to free movement of persons; and any other individual liberty recognized as belonging to the People.
WHEREAS, the means within the power of the Warren County Supervisors includes the power to initiate legal action, the power to petition for redress of grievances, the power to appropriate funding for the law enforcement of Warren County, and the power to direct the employees of Warren County to not enforce any unconstitutional law or purported order, and;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Supervisors of Warren County, Virginia:
1. The Warren County Board of Supervisors hereby declares Warren County, Virginia, as a “Constitutional County Sanctuary” and expresses its intent to uphold the Constitution and other clearly established rights of the People of Warren County, Virginia.
2. The Warren County Board of Supervisors hereby expresses its intent that no Warren County funds will be used to restrict the Constitutional rights and other clearly established rights of the People of Warren County, and that no County funds shall be expended to aid federal or state agencies in the restriction of said rights.
3. No Warren County employees, government funds, resources, agencies, contractors, buildings, detention centers, or offices may be used for the purpose of enforcing laws that unconstitutionally infringe on the Bill of Rights, Constitutional Rights, and other clearly established rights of the People.
4. The Warren County Board of Supervisors supports local law enforcement who support the clearly established rights of the People; and requests its Sheriff to not assist any state law enforcement officer, state health agent or federal agent attempting to enforce the unconstitutional order of the Governor.
5. Warren County employees may not assist in or promote the enforcement of the Governor’s Executive Orders, as amended; nor any other Executive Orders that purport to limit or direct the free exercise of religion; peaceable assembly; free engagement in commerce; free movement of persons; nor any other individual liberty recognized as belonging to the People.
CERTIFICATION OF ADOPTION OF RESOLUTION
The undersigned Clerk of the Board of Supervisors of the County of Warren, Virginia hereby certifies that the Resolution set forth above was adopted during an open meeting on ______(date)______, by the Board of Supervisors with the following votes: