We call ourselves the “Land of the Free.” Are we? If we are the land of the free, then why do we have a larger prison population than China? China isn’t going to win any humanitarian awards soon, but they only have 1.5 million prisoners in a country with a population of 1.3 billion (1 in 866 people). The Unite States prison population is 2.03 million in a country with only 304 million people. (1 in 150 people).
Why are there so many Americans in jail if we are a free nation? I am not suggesting that we release the murderers, rapists, ant thieves, but that is a small percentage of the prison population. A large percentage of people are in jail on drug charges and only drug charges.
If we are truly the “Land of the Free”, as is suggested in our National Anthem, then we should allow people the right to make their own choices about drugs. (As long as the drug user doesn’t violate anybody else’s rights.)
People shouldn’t use drugs, but many people do. Addiction is an illness, not a crime. If we’re going to arrest people for addiction, then we might as well arrest people for having heart attacks. Both can be prevented, and one can argue that heart attacks cost more to the economy than drug usage.
End the “War on Drugs” and put the money used to incarcerate people to better use.
As America becomes more like a police state, I feel fortunate that they haven’t overtly violated my rights in a while now. But I see things the Constitution says I shouldn’t be seeing around me. I see wars that Congress did not declare. I see people incarcerated without causing harm to anybody. I see the gouging of wages to pay for more bureaucracy.
I also see the media’s fixation on the two presidential candidates who will offer more of the same to the fine people of Gestapolis. I don’t see coverage on the candidates who want to fix the things I am seeing. As long as there are no tanks roaming the streets of Gestapolis, the sheeple are happy.
The president’s first day in office
I hope whoever becomes our next president follows the steps outlined by the late Harry Browne on January 21, 2009. It would be nice if President Bush got the ball rolling and enacted the plan now.
Declarations – WSJ.com
Peggy Noonan almost gets it, but not quite… It all depends on that is meant by “conservatism”. As more Republicans become “conservative” in the Ron Paul and Robert Taft fashion, it is causing friction with the “conservative” in the Tom DeLay manner.
Washington has distorted the meanings of “conservative” and “liberal” so much, they now mean the opposite. True traditional conservatives and true traditional liberals agreed on quite a few things (albeit for different reasons.) Both believe in:
- ending the “war on drugs”
- repealing the “Patriot Act”
Until we have a party take the banner of the above, it will not matter which party you vote for, you will lose.