The Authority Maxim

While I was on vacation at Hacienda Tres Rios, I was reading the book 1776 by David McCollough.

It reminded me of the Authority Maxim which states that “all human authority is delegated authority” — it always flows from a higher source. So I climbed up a mangrove tree just to tell you about it…

Our Founders understood this Authority Maxim and wrote it into our founding documents such as the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution. Understanding this principle gives a professional police officer power to be more effective. By relying on positional authority instead of ego power, an officer can more effectively deal with difficult individuals who decide to challenge his authority. And “Because I said so, that’s why!” is NOT the professional response…

And just to prove that I did, in fact, climb a mangrove tree to film that last clip…

More video from Tres Rios: Dangerous Encounter with the Ferocious Mexican Coati

Merry CHRISTmas, everyone!

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3 thoughts on “The Authority Maxim

  1. Sheriff Ray Nash is without a doubt well educated in the Constitution of the United States and the Bible. He also has the tremendous ability to teach both subjects because he Believes in them with all his heart.

  2. Pingback: The Ten Virtues of a Law Officer – Virtue #1 « Police Dynamics Media

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