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Drugs! Not 183 billion dollars' worth on government approved, monopoly supplied drug market, but ones a once free people choose from a different list, "bad" drugs. The great war on drugs, lost before it began, but continued to expand government power and control; is now responsible for about half of nation's prison population, which is largest in world, I think I heard.
There is no doubt in a majority of American minds, that a person who uses any drug not yet approved by government, should have their lives destroyed by prison before drugs can do much harm. They think prohibition of drugs makes people safer, while inflated costs make it necessary to rob them and burglarize their homes to feed extravagant addictions. What wise and merciful people! They were victims of twisted logic, long before robbery. It is prison that has become most powerful narcotic in America. We know if we build a hundred more, there will not be enough. How long before it becomes a crime in land of free, to publish what I'm saying?
The past four generations have been told to go off to foreign lands and fight and die to keep America free. The people who tell us this, then build more prisons to keep all free people. If we took our high school students to visit prisons and gave them a term paper assignment to come up with better punishments, we could begin to learn justice and transform existing Just Us system.
Capital punishment. The Bible says you must have two witnesses to indict on a capital crime. We can assume qualifiers of honorable, credible witnesses, not criminals with offers of reduced sentences for testimony. The two witness provision made it harder to indict. I'm not sure that circumstantial evidence is acceptable as one witness either. The point is that under Bible law, you are more likely to free a capital criminal than to execute an innocent person. DNA testing has confirmed that we do it other way round. Execute innocent to be sure and punish guilty.
President Bush has no problem with this. He was pleased to do it routinely as Governor of great, error free State of Texas. DNA has proven otherwise in Texas. Did President Bush ever apologize to families of those he wrongfully executed? Does he have any clue how many innocent lives he has taken as Governor or President? Does he care? We know now he is all American. He is probably most appropriate representative of American society we ever had. "Don't bother us with details. We have people to kill and prisons to build." No one should be surprised that we are most despised nation on earth. We are worthy of hatred. Foreign policy is all about Just Us too.
An America that refuses to look at its prisons is like vampire who cannot tolerate his own reflection. Until it does so, it is a society with a seared conscience, fit for destruction and little else. Destruction by pound. Destruction by ton. Run and hide. We have it coming!
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