Daniel Plemons for Johnson County Sheriff
Our Rights come from God. When God created man, He gave him certain inalienable rights. Because rights existed prior to men joining together to form governments, the purpose of government is only to protect these rights. The purpose cannot be to grant us rights that we already have. Nor can it be to legislate out of existence rights that are inalienable.
Our form of government is based on this fundamental truth. If we ever abandon it, we will lose our form of government.
As Sheriff of Johnson County I pledge to Honor my Oath of office to Support, and Defend the Constitution Of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. I further pledge to Protect and defend the Citizens of Johnson County and their Constitutional Rights of both persons, and property.
Because men created governments (and not vice versa), the rights of government are based on the God given rights of the individual. An individual has the right to defend his life, liberty, and property; therefore, he also has the right to join with others and form a government to protect his rights. An individual does not have the right to violate the rights of another, and neither does government.
If there were no government whatsoever, our rights would not be secure either. Individuals acting alone would be unable to protect their liberty against criminal acts of unjust men. In the absence of any organized government, anarchy would prevail. Ultimately, the criminals would take control and enslave their fellow citizens.
Our rights also would not be secured under a system of total government control. Such a government might grant its citizens privileges from time to time, but it could also take away those privileges on a whim. Whenever government has total power, individuals have none. Remember, the root of the word totalitarian is total!