Eradicating Programmed Ignorance: CSPOA – Constitution & Oaths

Eradicating Programmed Ignorance: CSPOA – Let’s talk Constitution and Oaths


By TLB Media Director: Rebecca Mahan

On this show, TLB Media Director Rebecca Mahan fills in for regular TLBTVEradicating Programmed Ignorance” Show Host Roger Landry. Mahan highlights the first half of the show with an informative discussion with Sheriff Richard Mack, founder of the “Constitutional Sheriff’s & Peace Officer Association.”


Sheriff Richard Mack- Founder (Ret)

Richard Mack – CSPOA Founder

Author/speaker and former sheriff Richard Mack has served in a wide variety of roles over the course of his nearly twenty year career in law enforcement, which began in Provo, Utah.

Mack began his career with the Provo Police Department as a parking enforcement cadet while attending BYU. A couple of years later he became a full-time officer and was soon promoted to Corporal, Sergeant, and Detective. His most traumatic experience there was a one-year assignment as an undercover narcotics agent. After nearly 11 years at Provo PD, Mack decided to return to his childhood turf in Arizona and run for Graham County Sheriff. His campaign took off and he was elected in 1988.

He was sheriff for two terms until 1997. He was named Elected Official of the Year by the Arizona-New Mexico Coalition of Counties in 1994, received the NRA Law Officer of the Year, inducted into the NRA Hall of Fame, 1995 Cicero Award, Samuel Adams Leadership Award from the Local Sovereignty Coalition, and Gun Owners of America Defender of the Second Amendment Award.

During his tenure, federal officers informed the sheriffs of the state that they would be required to enforce the so-called “Brady Bill” and run background checks at their expense under the law. In 1994, Mack and six other sheriffs from across the country, challenged the constitutionality of the Brady Bill and ultimately, fought it all the way to the United States Supreme Court, where they won a monumental decision for freedom. Three years later, in a landmark 5-4 split decision based on the Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, Mack won his case.

A graduate of the FBI National Academy, some of Mack’s positions include: patrol officer, undercover narcotics officer, hostage negotiator, youth officer, school resource officer, communications supervisor, corporal, front desk sergeant, detective, sheriff, Search and Rescue supervisor, jail administrator, and DARE instructor.

Mack has been a consultant on numerous cases regarding police abuse, brutality, and other misconduct by public officials. He has joined with other members of the law enforcement community to speak out in favor of drug policy reform.

A graduate of Brigham Young University, Mack now lives with his wife near the Phoenix, AZ area. During the past two years Sheriff Mack has been a speaker at more than 70 different Tea Party rallies all across the country, ranging all the way from Honolulu to Bangor, Maine. Mack has supported this noble movement, because it is both effective and peaceful.

Author/speaker and former sheriff Richard Mack has served in a wide variety of roles over the course of his nearly twenty year career in law enforcement, which began in Provo, Utah. Please see the Events page for a current list of events that Sheriff Mack will be speaking a.


Sheriff Mack stresses the reason why the Constitution is of utmost importance and how it plays in the role of peace officers and citizens alike. Mack talks about local Sheriff’s authority in reference to the Constitution, specifically the 2nd Amendment, along with the right to freedom of speech. He speaks about the prevention of citizen gun confiscation, as well as, how farmers and land owners need their rights protected. Mack understands the fear peace officers may face pertaining to the stigma surrounding by enforcing the Constitution. While in this discussion he does not promote any violent actions or revolts, he encourages peaceful demonstrations.


The insightful second half of the show is followed up with Mahan and Florida State Director of the “Constitutional Sheriff’s & Peace Officer Association” discussing the role the CSPOA organization can make and how it can impact the lives of our communities. The show gives viewers specific details on this and how one can get involved through the CSPOA. Kevin Blake and Mahan alike agree- the difference one can truly make in change is by getting involved in their local government. “Local involvement is where it all starts.” Blake shares how he has had a passion and understanding of the oath he took upon serving in the United States Air Force. Even after leaving military service he maintained the oath he took and later became involved in activism.

Blake stated CSPOA wants solidarity in the United States and wants to create unity, not an “us versus them” mentality. He used the analogy of the Framers building a house as an example of bureaucracy. Blake also talked about the initiatives and direction the CSPOA is taking, such as educating citizens and providing training for one to become a trainer about the Constitution and the CSPOA. It is a trainer the trainer course.

The CSPOA is open not only to peace officers, but they also encourage citizens to become members.

Both Sheriff Mack and Blake talk about a landmark case that is extremely significant…. tune in hear more!

Click on this link to visit the Constitutional Sheriff’s & Peace Officer Association website

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