Cheryl Chumley Explains America’s “Police State,” Offers Solution

, Alex Nitzberg, 1 Comment

DSC01355A confluence of abridged liberties will transform the United States into a nation “…where the government is basically policing every individual American’s actions,” Cheryl Chumley asserted at Accuracy in Academia’s Author’s Night event.

While discussing her books, “Police State USA” and “The Devil in DC,” Chumley stated that “government intrusions, government infringements,” and “Constitutional hits and dings” pervade American society.

Massive government spying on private communications contributes to the development of America’s “police state.” Noting that, “You can’t go on Facebook right now without wondering who’s watching…” Chumley pointed out, “There have been cases where people have been jailed for what they’ve been posting on Facebook.”

She traces this problem back to “…September 11th and the government swooping in to use the justification of terrorism and fighting terrorism threats to basically trod on Constitutional rights.”

In addition to becoming increasingly “militarized,” the police often have access to government-collected data. They also accumulate their own data on citizens without any probable cause. Chumley avers that “Police are going more from reacting to crimes to predicting behaviors and predicting areas of their community where crimes might occur…that’s a little bit Orwellian I guess and…it requires a lot of data collection.”

“Civil asset forfeiture laws” deny citizens the due process of law by permitting the police to take a driver’s “…car, cash, assets, whatever they have, if they’re suspected of using that car during the commission of a drug related crime.” Police can also confiscate other types of personal property and Chumley explained that “…they don’t have to wait until a case goes through court and the person is found guilty before they take those assets, sell them, and then keep the money — and then you’re left in the position of having a fight in court to prove that you were innocent.”

Even non-governmental factors in the United States contribute to liberty’s demise. Contrasting the rugged individualism once valued by Americans with the oppressive bureaucracy of home owner’s associations, Chumley drew a dichotomy between the nation’s history as, “…a country that forged the west…” and modern America, a nation where some property owners need to ask “a local homeowner’s association board: ‘Hey, can I put this flower pot on my front porch?’”

She also noted the degradation of America’s armed forces, observing, “Our military is supposed to be a fighting force, a defense force, and now they’re just kind of green machines going out there and testing out solar panels on a battlefield.”

In her second book, “The Devil in DC” Chumley describes how Christians and “patriotic Americans” can remedy the plethora of problems discussed in “Police State USA.”

She links the government’s exponential expansion to national secularization, asserting that “…the more government is allowed to grow, the less room there is for God.”

“This nation was founded first and foremost on the idea that our rights come from God, not government … We actually need to fight to put God back in charge of our government.”

Chumley later explained, “…I’m not saying that I want my elected officials holding prayer vigils for everybody. I’m just saying that when you have a nation where people are constrained by belief in a higher power where they think they’re accountable to something higher than themselves, like founding fathers believed, even though they didn’t all believe in the same…Christian religion, they all believed in a higher power and higher accountability. When you have that then you have a government that is accountable to the people too.”

Alex Nitzberg is an intern at the American Journalism Center at Accuracy in Media and Accuracy in Academia. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

 

One Response

  1. itsthatguyagain

    June 12, 2016 2:17 pm

    Getting closer anyway: my hypothesis for some time is that federal power-grabbing is a natural by-product of the Constitution and the nation’s history. Thirteen little countries were never going to survive separately in the 1780s so the notion of “united states” was put forward and a common constitution for them all made law.

    But the idea of State sovereignty and self-governance has never gone away. To this day, you get pulled over by the cops and even though they have little US flags on their unis, they are employees of their home State, by virtue of the Tenth Amendment..

    The very nature of the federal bureaucracy, meanwhile, irrespective of party, ideology or who’s in the White House, is to seek organically to expand its powers and authority by any means necessary.

    This is why every little grievance group is welcomed to pressure not their State Houses but the federal government for redress of their beefs: for each “movement” demanding special treatment by “the government” (as if there were only one!), the federal establishment sees an opening to pretend to concern for them and use that to broaden its powers yet again.

    Does anyone seriously believe that this president, a husband and father of daughters, believes in LGBT so firmly that personally abolishing the ladies’ room in the schoolhouse was an act of personal conviction? Ridiculous. It was a target of opportunity, to tell every State’s government “I have the power to do this and you can’t stop me.” It didn’t matter a bit what the “issue” was, only the opportunity to expand federal power at the expense of State sovereignty and self-governance.

    The natural outcome, again irrespective of ideology or faction, will ultimately be a singular federal regime, the end of State legislatures, courts and agencies, and the remaking of the several States into subordinate provinces beholden to DC.

    Arguing ideological fine points in the face of ongoing federal power grabs is ludicrous. The DC regime’s primary enemy, is the Tenth Amendment and all other curbs on its absolute power. Both right and left have fought that war against the States as self-governing bodies politic, and together they will eventually win it.

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