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America, the Law-crazed

redrowan2000 Wrote: Jul 25, 2012 11:48 AM
Because we have a culture in place that supports a lawmaking industrial complex on a local, state and national level we have gotten a professional lawmaking system that regulates everything that we do, from what we drink, smoke or say. I really doubt the founding fathers had this in mind when they signed the "Declaration of Independence" We now have a tyranny of laws far more oppressive than anything George III could have imagined. Professional lawmakers to make us safe from ourselves. God help us.
James____Tx Wrote: Jul 25, 2012 11:53 AM
Concur, and we have the police state to back it up, unless of course you have an expensive lawyer to protect your rights.

Over the past few decades, America has locked up more and more people. Our prison population has tripled. Now we jail a higher percentage of people than even the most repressive countries: China locks up 121 out of every 100,000 people; Russia 511. In America? 730.

"Never in the civilized world have so many been locked up for so little," The Economist says.

Yet we keep adding more laws and longer jail terms.

Lavrentiy Beria, head of Joseph Stalin's secret police in the old Soviet Union, supposedly said, "Show me the man, and I'll show you the...