Seim Refuses Checkpoint. Detained BECAUSE of the Constiution!

Published March 4, 2014 - 12 Comments


Free nations do not have arbitrary checkpoints! They are ALL Illegal.

I wanted to share a video with you from an encounter we had last year before I begin to run for Congress. It represents the kind of conversations we need to be having and that I continue to engage in. The kind of conversations that prompted me to run for office. In fact this video has seen hundreds of thousands of views and it makes you think. What if representatives really represented liberty and stood up to government bullies.

My family and I were traveling in near White Sands New Mexico, about 100 miles from the Mexican border, when we were stopped an this inland checkpoint. Sadly these are very common in the Southwest despite their violation of the 4th amendment. This is no game. I tried my best to keep it cool and make this a conversation, but the truth is I did not know what would happen. But better to stand for liberty now than have to fight to reclaim it later.

“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 no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” – 4th Amendment

If having checkpoints is is not bad enough, the Supreme Court has acknowledged that while such checkpoints are an infringement on Constitutional freedom, the benefits outweigh the infringement. How’s that for irony. They admitted that checkpoints were illegal, but allowed them anyways. — That said even the Supreme court did not grant the right to detain as we see in this video. But their actions shed a great deal of light on lawless rulings like the one Obamacare that simply ignore the peoples rights. Lets reference at a valuable document that the Supreme Court itself uses , The Federalist Papers.

“A constitution is, in fact, and must be regarded by the judges, as a fundamental law.” – Alexander Hamilton, Federalist #78

Lawless behavior is evident here. The checkpoint infection on America is not only a violation of our law, but in supporting it the Supreme Court violates their reason for existing. The Supreme court thinks themselves legislators, when in fact, they are merely in office to affirm and uphold the law that we the people placed on government. Municipalities in turn, often hold precedent as resolute as law itself and therefore a validation of their actions, however egregious to liberty. But in fact, the Constitution remains the “supreme law of the land” and we the people have not only right, but duty, to be it’s sentinels. Even more so our representatives. Your congressman should be standing up for your rights.

I posted this last year on my personal YouTube channel and it has been watched hundreds of thousands of times, starting conversations all over the world. It’s a prime example of the lawless behavior we see from government and the kind of thing our representatives should be standing against. Most candidates say how they value the Constitution during election season. But real evidence of that is the best thing to look for. No More Politicians.

I have been called everything you can imagine for taking this stand. From hero, to patriot, to troublemaker, to things I won’t name here. But we must remember that liberty is not the fringe, liberty is the foundation. As Alexander Hamilton affirmed in 1788 (also in Federalist #78), all legislation that violates the Constitution is VOID!. The Supreme court has no authority to define our rights. Only to affirm and uphold them. The people are the masters, government are the servants.

We run this campaign on the facts and communication. Starting conversations is something I do well and standing up, not just with my constitutional votes on the floor, but with actions, will continue to be a powerful way to represent. The Constitution is the law for government.

“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety” – Benjamin Franklin.

In Liberty — Gav


Ramo E - March 7, 2014 Reply

Be happy your not Hispanic ,I grew up in this area and it’s a common thing to be questioned at this checkpoint if you are Hispanic ! I have even been instructed to one of the bays or pull outs to have my car checked after saying American citizen!

    Scott - February 16, 2019 Reply

    Idiots like you need to be checked more often!! You’re probably running illegals into this country on a regular basis!????????

Shad Carson - March 8, 2014 Reply

Your writing is atrocious. Obamacare is insurance reform – and has nothing to do with loss of freedom.

    Ailene H - March 8, 2014 Reply

    Shad, I respectfully disagree. The Affordable Healthcare Act mandates that I purchase insurance, whether I want it or not. I rarely go to the doctor, so it’s cheaper to pay for entire visits out of pocket rather than pay insurance premiums. However, because of the mandate, I have lost my freedom to choose how I fund my medical bills.

      kim - August 3, 2018 Reply

      You know you do have such a good point there my medical treatment changed as soon as they forced me on to Obamacare and I to pay cash for everything and I would still rather do so today but I was forced literally forced on to that whatever it is and my medical treatment did change you are so correct

    Larry Wilson - March 13, 2014 Reply

    Obamacare has definitely become about “reform.”

    In spite of the fact that the “law” has been signed, whatever was passed four years ago is “reformed” at the will of the president every few weeks. Obama should use his magical executive-order pen and change the name of the legislation to The Reformable Care Act.

    I hereby grant Mr. Seim permission to use that term and claim it as his own.

Larry Meritt - March 10, 2014 Reply

Obamacare has no place in this discussion. Different issue an irrelevant to the fourth amendment.

Anonymous - February 10, 2015 Reply

Completely ludicrous…such a waste of time

rick - May 11, 2016 Reply

So, how many times have you been arrested and charged with a crime? If you have been, have you been convicted? In your opinion, which state has the most abusive checkpoints?

Michael Shaver - June 30, 2018 Reply

Federal rules and regulations are ONLY applicable in federal territories and federally owned properties. Article 4, Section3, Clause 2 of U.S.Constitution

“Congress shall have power to make rules for the government…” Article I, Section 8, Clause 14

Lincoln Fong - July 10, 2018 Reply

more sound analysis, known as “Hands-on-the-hips” for improper logic by the Supreme Court of the United States vs. Martinez-Fuente (1976) case is found at

Scott - February 16, 2019 Reply

Gavin Seim, you need to be arrested & convicted for refusing to cooperate with law officers & quite frankly for being a fricking dumbass!!

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