Americans are being arrested and charged with crimes for doing things like leaving dog poop on the ground, opening up Christmas presents early, not recycling properly, farting in class and having brown lawns. But is it healthy for our society for the police to be involved in such silly things? Every single day the United States inches closer to becoming a totalitarian society. . . . As we continue to criminalize relatively normal behavior our slide toward becoming a totalitarian state will only accelerate. We are throwing anyone and everyone in prison these days. It is getting absolutely ridiculous. Today, the United States leads the world in the number of prisoners and in the percentage of the population in prison. The United States has 5% of the world's population, but approximately 25% of the world's incarcerated population.Read the whole thing. Of course, at the same time that we the people are brutalized and arrested by the agents of the police state for ever more trivial and insignificant infractions against "law and order," the members of the ruling political class and their well-connected allies are effectively provided with blanket immunity to engage in ever more brazen and heinous acts against the public interest. The Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Cobb County Georgia makes the case that none of this will change until we force a change in government. From the Smyrna-Vinings Patch:
According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, as of the end of 2009 a total of 7,225,800 people were either on probation, in prison or on parole in America. That is a sign of a very, very sick society. Either we have a massive crime problem or the "control grid" that our leaders have erected for us is wildly out of control. Or both. But how in the world are we supposed to have a healthy economy if our entire nation is being turned into one gigantic prison? Sadly, it is not just hardcore criminals that are being rounded up and abused by authorities these days. The following are 14 of the most ridiculous things that Americans are being arrested for . . .
Godown . . . serves as the current Chairman for the Libertarian Party of Cobb County, a local organization affiliated with both the Georgia State and National Libertarian Parties . . . "A lot of people are getting sick and tired of being told what they can and can't do, so I think the Libertarian Party in the future will become a more predominant [force in United States politics]," said Godown . . . Godown said that the basic pillars of the Libertarian Party are creating as much freedom, liberty and independence for people as possible, while maintaining a small government that does not infringe upon citizens' personal lives.
"You can say Democrats are usually better on social issues, and we agree more with them on that, but when it comes to fiscal stuff, we usually agree with the Republicans more," Godown stated. "When it really comes down to it, they always kind of fall short. Republicans always talk about being fiscally conservative [but] look at their voting records. They still voted for a lot of spending and still vote for a lot of high budget stuff. Democrats may care about civil liberties and civil rights, but for the most part, they sort of fall short on that, too. We think the best thing we can do is to have a third party where we can really challenge the big two parties on those issues." [Emphases added.]