OPINION

Food For Thought
11-07-2019 

Chuck Baldwin
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Hail, Caesar!  
 

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I am convinced that Christian conservatives, on the whole, care absolutely nothing about constitutional government. They care absolutely nothing about the Bill of Rights, God's Natural Law or the Declaration of Independence. In their hearts, they support monarchy and dictatorship. It's not the idea of monarchy that they find repugnant. All they find repugnant is the idea that the monarchy might be led by a Democrat. The idea of a Trump monarchy thrills them to no end.

Donald Trump is a total ignoramus when it comes to constitutional government and Natural Law. Remember, this is the guy who said Article. 2. of the Constitution gave him the right to do "whatever I want." And most Christian conservatives seem to be totally fine with that.

I'm reading Christian conservatives by the dozens that express their strong desire for Trump to send military troops to take over California, for Trump to declare martial law and send military troops to throw all of the Democrats in the House of Representatives in prison, for Trump to send military troops to seize America's journalists and judges and for Trump to send military troops to seize people like me who dare to challenge the president's unconstitutional actions.

It is no hyperbole to say that if Donald Trump declared martial law today and began using the U.S. military to round up anyone Trump doesn't like and put them in concentration camps, the vast majority of  Christian conservatives would wholeheartedly support it.

To most of these so-called Christian conservatives, the Bill of Rights applies only to them. It doesn't apply to Democrats, Libertarians, Muslims, blacks, Hispanics, liberals or anyone who disagrees with Donald Trump.

Plus, this is the guy who seems to have an ongoing lovefest with the world's most blood-thirsty dictators, including Russia's Vladimir Putin, Saudi Arabia's Prince Mohammed bin Salman, North Korea's Kim Jong-un and Egypt's Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. He even publicly congratulated the Communist Chinese government on the occasion of its 70th anniversary that memorialized the Marxist revolution that killed millions of innocent Chinese people in one of history's most notorious acts of tyrannical slaughter and enslavement.

This is also the guy who wants the federal government to have permanent authority to spy on every American citizen, militarize local and State police agencies, develop "pre-crime" law enforcement tactics that would turn anyone the government chooses into a criminal without them ever having committed a crime and use government-defined "mental health" issues as justification for police to deny Americans their Natural right of self-defense. And, once again, so-called Christian conservatives seem just fine with it all.

Judge Andrew Napolitano wrote:

While most of us have been thinking about the end of summer and while the political class frets over the Democratic presidential debates and the aborted visit of two members of Congress to Israel, the Trump administration has quietly moved to extend and make permanent the government's authority to spy on all persons in America.

The president, never at a loss for words, must have been asked by the intelligence community he once reviled not to address these matters in public.

These matters include the very means and the very secret court about which he complained loud and long during the Mueller investigation. Now, he wants to be able to unleash permanently on all of us the evils he claims were visited upon him by the Obama-era FBI and by his own FBI.

The Fourth Amendment to the Constitution — written in the aftermath of British soldiers and agents using general warrants obtained from a secret court in London to spy on whomever in the colonies they wished and to seize whatever they found — was ratified as part of the Bill of Rights to limit the government's ability to intrude upon the privacy of all persons, thereby prohibiting those procedures used by the British.

Thus, we have the constitutional requirements that no searches and seizures can occur without a warrant issued by a judge based on a showing, under oath, of probable cause of crime. The courts have uniformly characterized electronic surveillance as a search.

I am not addressing eyesight surveillance on a public street. I am addressing electronic surveillance wherever one is when one sends or receives digital communications. FISA is an unconstitutional congressional effort to lower the standards required by the Fourth Amendment from probable cause of crime to probable cause of foreign agency.

How pervasive is this unlawful spying? According to Binney, the NSA's 60,000 domestic spies capture the content and the keystrokes of every communication transmitted on fiber optic cables into or out of or wholly within the United States. And they do so 24/7 — without warrants.

Now, back to that quiet late summer proposal by the Trump administration. Some of the statutes that govern who can go to the FISA court and under what circumstances they can go are about to expire. Inexplicably, the president once victimized by FISA wants to make these statutes permanent. And he wants to do so knowing that they are essentially a facade for spying. That would institutionalize the now decades-long federal assault on privacy and evasion of constitutional norms.

It would also place Trump in the same category as his two immediate predecessors, who regularly ordered government agents to violate the Fourth Amendment and then denied they had done so.

Some of my Fox colleagues joke with me that I am shoveling against the tide when it comes to defending the right to privacy. They claim that there is no more privacy. I disagree with them. As long as we still have a Constitution, it must be taken seriously and must mean what it says. And its intentionally stringent requirements for enabling the government to invade privacy remain the law of the land. The president has sworn to uphold the Constitution, not the NSA.

But do most Christian conservatives care about this? Not at all! As long as Donald Trump is the one doing it, they are all for it.

Here is and example of Trump's militarized Police State proposals that are already being enacted:

President Donald Trump on Monday said the Justice Department is preparing to launch a sweeping crackdown on crime that he named "the surge," a term commonly associated with the George W. Bush administration's decision to send tens of thousands of additional troops into Iraq in 2007.

"In coming weeks, Attorney General Barr will announce a new crackdown on violent crime — which I think is so important — targeting gangs and drug traffickers in high crime cities and dangerous rural areas," Trump said during the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference in Chicago. "Let's call it the surge."

The president did not provide any details on the plan but said it is going to be "very dramatic."

"And you're going to see tremendous results very quickly," Trump added.

As if to emphasize his view of America's cities as war zones, Trump went on to tout his administration's success in putting military equipment into the hands of U.S. police officers and claimed "Afghanistan is a safe place" compared to Chicago.

"To help keep you safe, I've made $600 million worth of surplus military equipment available to local law enforcement," Trump told the audience of police chiefs. "If you remember, the previous administration didn't want to do that... They didn't want to make you look so tough. They didn't want to make you look like you're a threat." (Source)

News flash to Donald Trump: A militarized Police State IS a threat. It is a bigger threat than all of the Chicago street thugs put together. But do most Christian conservatives understand that? Not at all! As long as Trump is the dictator, they are all for it. 

And here is Dr. Ron Paul trying to warn the American people about Trump's dictatorial "pre-crime" law enforcement tactics being implemented by the White House.

Will Christian conservatives pay any attention to Dr. Paul's warnings? Are you kidding?

The truth is, Judge Napolitano and Dr. Paul are merely scratching the surface of Trump's infatuation with a Police State.

Here is a Trump-appointed judge blasting a federal court's decision to not rehear the case of a police shooting of an innocent young black man. U.S. Circuit Judge James Ho of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit was angry that the court allowed an earlier ruling to stand that said the officers involved in the shooting were not entitled to qualified immunity in a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the young man's family. 

Trump's appointee, Judge Ho, brazenly declared, "If we want to stop mass shootings, we should stop punishing police officers." In other words, government employees with guns should be above the law. This is the same position that Attorney General William Barr takes. 

Barr was one of the fiercest defenders of the FBI sharpshooter who murdered Sam and Vicki Weaver at Ruby Ridge, Idaho, in 1992. The government sniper "bravely" shot 14-year-old Sam in the back and later zeroed in on Sam's mother Vicki's head as she was standing in the door of her kitchen holding her infant child in her arms. The "brave" FBI killer blew Vicki's brains all over the baby. What a hero! William Barr made sure that the government assassin got away scot-free with double murder.  

Obviously, if policemen are above the law, so are soldiers. Trump plans to pardon two soldiers who have been charged with—and one of them has already been convicted of—WAR CRIMES. (Source) 

For Donald Trump to pardon these war criminals would be a war crime all by itself. Soldiers are NOT above the rule of law. To allow soldiers to commit war crimes without punishment says the WORST about US and unleashes massive retaliation around the world, which results in the deaths of more of our troops. In essence, war criminals are not only murdering the people of foreign countries, they are murdering their own fellow soldiers. The Secretary of Defense and the military chain of command is pleading with Trump to NOT pardon these war criminals for the reasons stated here—and many others. But Trump doesn't believe in the rule of law. And neither do many of Trump's supporters, apparently. 

Donald Trump is acting in true king-like fashion. And, again, most Christian conservatives are just fine with it. 

Then there are Trump's war crimes of using military force to seize the oil fields of an independent sovereign nation: Syria.

President Donald Trump has approved an expanded military mission to secure an expanse of oil fields across eastern Syria, raising a number of difficult legal questions about whether U.S. troops can launch strikes against Syrian, Russian or other forces if they threaten the oil, U.S. officials said.

The decision, coming after a meeting Friday between Trump and his defense leaders, locks hundreds of U.S. troops into a more complicated presence in Syria, despite the president's vow to get America out of the war. Under the new plan, troops would protect a large swath of land controlled by Syrian Kurdish fighters that stretches nearly 90 miles (150 kilometers) from Deir el-Zour to al-Hassakeh, but its exact size is still being determined.

Officials said many details still have to be worked out. But, Trump's decision hands commanders a victory in their push to remain in the country to prevent any resurgence of the Islamic State group, counter Iran and partner with the Kurds, who battled IS alongside the U.S. for several years. But it also forces lawyers in the Pentagon to craft orders for the troops that could see them firing on Syrian government or Russian fighters trying to take back oil facilities that sit within the sovereign nation of Syria. (Source)

So much for bringing U.S. troops home from Syria. As I noted last week, Donald Trump is not scaling back U.S. wars in the Middle East; he is exploding those wars exponentially.  Do most Christian conservatives care? Not one bit.

Should Donald Trump be elected to a second term next year (and I believe the odds are he WILL be re-elected—impeachment notwithstanding), there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that he will spend the next four years turning America into a monarchical militarized Police State and expanding America's Warfare State beyond any of his predecessors. And by the time 2024 rolls around, he may indeed be permanently ensconced as America's Monarch-in-Chief. If that happens, Christian conservatives will embrace it with open hearts and celebrate it as akin to the Second Coming.

Do you remember when Donald Trump said that he could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody, and his supporters would still vote for him? Well, he wasn't making it up. He could, and they would.

And get this:

The political and legal world appears as an immense accumulation of images. One of the most striking images from the 2016 presidential campaign was the notion put forward by then-candidate Donald Trump that he could literally shoot someone in the middle of Manhattan's 5th Avenue and suffer zero political consequences.

In a Manhattan courtroom on Wednesday morning, Trump lawyer William Consovoy argued the 45th president could take such a shot, make it, and suffer zero legal consequences as well.

Have you heard any Christian conservative objecting to such a preposterous claim? No, you haven't. In fact, a new poll published by Monmouth University Polling Institute shows that 62% of Trump's supporters would continue to support him no matter what he did or did not do. NO MATTER WHAT!

Would these Christian conservatives have remained silent if Barack Obama or Bill Clinton and their attorneys had said what Trump and his attorney said? This is the talk of monarchies. Again, Christian conservatives do not object to monarchy as long as Donald Trump is the king.

On the other hand, if Donald Trump can drop over 100,000 bombs and kill tens of thousands of innocent people around the world (which he has done) and not be held legally accountable, what would one more murder on 5th Avenue matter? 

By embracing Donald Trump's monarchical machinations, Christian conservatives are not singing, "Hail to the Chief"; they are shouting, "Hail, Caesar!" 

© Chuck Baldwin 

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