Justice in America is bloated. It’s coming apart at the seams. The cracks have been showing for years. It’s like the relative you haven’t seen in ages who gained 40 or 50 pounds since you last saw them. You really get concerned when the can no longer bend over to ties their shoes so they’ve changed styles to slip on shoes for posterity.
I don’t know when the tipping point occurred. Sometime around the 80’s with the onset of the “War on everything”. It’s spiraled out of control since then. We’ve devolved legally to the point of where you’re at geographically, or where you land along the socio economic strata determine your place within the justice hustle.
We have “weed vs marijuana, prostitution vs trafficking, drugs vs medicine as three major cracks in the lucrative aspects of law. In each of these three cases both sides are played against the middle fighting for dollars and sense.
Then there are the conundrums that cost us. It all started with the seat belt. We let these folks charge us and fine us for not protecting ourselves under the guise of public safety. Makes no sense when you say it, right. Seat belt fines have cost us billions and all we’ve got out of it we’re campaign posters of seat belts and cops with an additional excuse to search your vehicle. Don’t tell me about lives saved until you review Govt. statistics for traffic deaths between the 70’s and today.
I’ll ignore the fact that Government oversight has resulted in faster, lighter vehicles with increased speed limits. I can’t ignore the “pricing scheme” for getting a ticket using these faster lighter cars to go faster. It’s the unspoken deal between manufacturing, marketing, and Government.
Now we have phones that travel outside the house. The next move was so obvious, the rubric was set. Hands free devices would net billions and both sides would get a giant boost. Now we have an additional excuse for cops to peek inside that bubble of privacy we call our vehicle. Not to mention the couple hundred dollar fine if you have a phone lying in hour vehicle outside of a “device”. Like seat belts, these laws won’t change fatality rates, they’ll generate revenue.
It’s gotten so bad that your dog has been targeted. Not because he’s dangerous, but because there are “dog people” out there who value pets over children. For the millennial pets and kids are the same. God help you if you mistreat your dog by not getting a vaccine every year and your dog gets lose. It’ll cost you a couple hundred dollars to get legal. Doesn’t matter how often the vaccine is actually needed. Governments make it an annual requirement and demonize breeds so that suddenly your dog is an addition to your status Arsenal. Vets ain’t complaining cause they’ve suddenly got customers who used to just go to the hardware store and buy shots and food then go about their business. Not to mention all the additional allergies and joint problems associated with over medicating dogs. It’s that “ win win” again.
The cat vs dog thing has to be some latent phenomenon from that show about a “cat dog”. Cats roam free while dogs live restrained medicated existences in hardwood floors. Another one of those class meets industry meets government situations that pollute the justice system. Animal Planet needs ratings though; and what would all those “enforcement officers” in Harris County, Texas do if they weren’t “raiding “cat ladies”!!!!
In our efforts to slim down Governments gains in legal restraint we have to find a way to separate the dollars from the sense. Budgeting our rights away and incarcerating millions over questionable laws designed to generate dollars undermines the legal establishments credibility.
Allowing these municipalities to profit from our freedom and choices makes no sense. We should be evaluating our “legal cannon” to begin trimming the fat. Returning to common sense rules and laws that level the playing field for all citizens.
Creating hype to establish fear in the interest of creating laws that benefit a particular industry and increase Government budgets while burdening citizens has to change. Parsing words to demonize one group of folks while supporting another group for the same behavior is obvious today.
Saying a prostitute is trafficked because she was driven to a more lucrative city to have sex is deceitful. Locking up one citizen for smoking weed while taking billions in tax revenue from another citizen selling poser dope is just plain wrong. Locking up a street dealer while traveling weekly to your pharmacy for “pain meds” or “psyche drugs” is hypocrisy at the least.
We need a strong dose of truth in our legal system. Not only for fairness. Not just for equity. We need it because as we’ve seen recently, respect for the law and it’s enforcers is under suspicion. When the law doesn’t treat everyone fairly citizens will treat the law accordingly. Look around!!!