This week we caught a glimpse of Trump acting as pure monarch. Even worse than Obama’s famous appeal to his “pen and phone” to bypass Congress, Trump just did something even more extreme: rule by mere fiat. Of course, this actually says something more about the extremity of some of our laws as well—and it could matter to you greatly.
Donald Trump, if anything, has proven he will remain Donald Trump while president: brusque, vulgar, boundless, uninhibited. The media has made it a question since the moment he announced he would run: they thought it was a joke. It wasn’t. The media, and many politicians, kept wondering at what point he would turn a corner an act “presidential.” Once he actually started campaigning? No. After the primary? No. Once elected? Nope. They just don’t get it. He’s not changing. Of course, that is very entertaining in many ways.
It’s also very dangerous.
The week after the election, I predicted this:
With Trump, the greatest danger will, I think, result from an attempt to get tough on crime and terrorism: there will be a tremendous ramp-up in the police state, and since it will no longer be Obama behind it, Republicans will be far less likely to resist further erosions of the Fourth and Fifth amendments, and others. This has the potential to be a liberty-destroyer, and Christian conservatives will be cheering it on like they would a declaration of war on Iran to “defend Israel.”
Nowhere has this danger been on more prominent display than last week, when a group of sheriffs met with Trump to discuss the types of things sheriffs think they need from the Federal government. This in itself is frightening, considering sheriffs ought to be a protection from upper levels of tyranny, not dependent upon it for funds, arms, and freedom from pesky constitutional restraints—things King Trump seems almost too eager to grant. Along these lines, one sheriff got straight to the point:
The two things Sheriff John Aubrey, Jefferson County, Kentucky, requested were, first, expansion of the federal program that allows local police departments to use surplus military equipment. Think SWAT raids, armored personnel carriers, etc. The reasoning here was interesting as well: such equipment is made for war, and “were used in the war,” and, the Sheriff added, “they helped us in our war.”
That alone should be enough to alert you to the fact that we have a police state problem in this nation. When local sheriffs refer to police work as “war,” and request war “materials,” you know the line between civilian and military had been eroded, even if only psychologically, in the minds of key law enforcement leadership.
But the more egregious thing comes in the second request: to ramp up, again, the evil that is asset forfeiture.
Now, if you’re not aware of what asset forfeiture is, read my previous report on it. In short, it’s a procedure by which government agencies can legally take your property—cash, cars, homes, etc.—without charging you for any crime (ever), put the legal burden of proof on you to get it back, create multiple legal and bureaucratic stumblingblocks to prevent you from doing so, and make it so difficult and costly to do so, you’ll probably just give up and let them keep the money.
And yes, it is widely abused. This is where the sheriff’s bluff comes in:
People want to say we’re taking money without due process. That’s not true. You know, we take money from dope dealers.
The problem is, it is true. Other groups of law enforcement leaders have actually met and bragged to each other about how they abuse the process, and taught each other how to abuse the process, to gain extra cash and swank vehicles for their departments.
But this unimaginable abuse is perpetrated every day, often against totally innocent people who are never charged with a crime, and it flies under the color of law, justified because the fine men in blue are fighting this war against dope dealers.
But this sheriff assured Trump that the process was curtailed because “they make up stories.”
What followed, however, is probably about the most frightening things you can imagine a President doing. At first, Trump seems circumspect—shocking, I know. He listened. He asked a couple questions. He seemed to want to help, but act cautiously. He bounced ideas off people in the room. Seemed like he was engaging counsel. Downright presidential, that.
Not for long.
Trump went from judicious to train wreck in the space of about one minute. Even when he was informed that the pressure to curtail asset forfeiture—which 70 percent of the public opposes—was coming from Congress—you know, the people who are supposed to make the laws—Trump scoffed that Congress was about to get beat up by the public for making such obviously stupid decisions.
Then, train wreck went to atomic meltdown of constitutional order. Trapped in an echo chamber of legalized thieves, Trump asked if any of them even understood the other side of the argument: why would anyone want to stop this? All heads shook, “No.” Then Trump asks,
Do we need any legislation or any executive orders for that?
He was informed no. The responding advisor said all they need was “encouragement.”
That was all it took to energize the Trumpocracy. Immediately he decreed to the sheriffs, “You’re encouraged.”
He added, laughing, “I love that answer. That’s better than signing executive orders!”
Think Mel Brooks. It’s good to be the king.
Folks, that’s all it takes for your rights to be swept away in American today. Two words from Caesar’s mouth and the laughing wave of a hand.
Now let me be quick to admit that the advisor was correct. Ramping up this program further does not need any legislation or executive orders. It just needs some tyrant to encourage it. And as you can see from this episode, this room full of tyrants, and the tyrants throughout the links provided above, we have no shortage of tyrants encouraging it.
But the most frightening part is the abject neglect on King Trump’s part to consider that there may be more to the story. Law enforcement has spoken. Trump believes them. So let’s have more of it.
No investigation. No questions. No counterpoint. Not the least bit of suspicion. No due diligence. No wisdom, whatsoever.
The remedy here has to be to let Trump and the rest of these tyrants know the underlying fact: the pressure to stop this legalized theft comes from the people through Congress. We need to and must maintain this outcry of opposition to keep up the pressure. Instead of expanding this practice, we need to eliminate it.
Here’s the video of the conference, with the end of if being a roomful laughing at the joke about destroying a state Senator’s career for opposing asset forfeiture. Haha!
Watch the whole video, for the last minutes are an officer’s dash cam video of the seizure of a guy’s cash. The officer literally brags to the guy that he seizes cash every day, for a living, and gets away with it because the people don’t want the legal headaches and legal fees in trying to get it back.
People, the corruption is thorough. It is in your local departments, too. Departments all over the country are not only practicing this or similar measures, many are now dependent on the cash flow they get from it. Innocent people are suffering for the very type of invasive tyranny over which the nation fought for independence. We are now crawling with it ourselves. And now, it is again being encouraged by monarchical fiat, in ignorant opposition to mass majority public opinion and Congress.
It seems like America is right back where she started in 1761. Trump is now our George III. But, like I predicted above, the Fourth and Fifth Amendments are eroded, and Christians and conservatives are cheering it in the name of being “tough on crime” and fighting the war on drugs. Wake up, America. Wake up, church.