There Is No Translation For “Sheriff”

By | November 20, 2022 | 0 Comments

In Spanish the word for sheriff is alguacil. It is derived from Arabic al wazir, the assistant to a ruler. It was used for a variety of officials, none of whom were elected. The point is that there is no translation for sheriff. In no other country is a top law-enforcement official elected by the people.

Do you think, just possibly, there is a lesson here? In all other countries, including the British Commonwealth, law-enforcement officials are appointed by the government. Only in America do we elect someone with police powers. In all other countries, power flows from the government downward. Only in America does the power flow from the people upward. Let’s work to keep it that way.

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