one out of a hundred


You know —

One out of every hundred adult Americans is behind bars?

I am not making that up. I came across that on Woeful’s blog and here is the article : Inmate Count in U.S. Dwarfs Other Nations’

The U.S. is not a shining bastion of civil rights and freedom. Every other country on the planet pretty much loathes and fears us and we are taking on a mantel before only worn proudly by types like Stalin and Hitler — who tended to shove people in prison just a little too often to be considered human rights activists or safe companions for a refreshing game of croquet.

Kinda makes you wonder what sort of democracy we are importing overseas on the backs of nineteen year olds stuffed into uniforms and handed guns.


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0 Responses to one out of a hundred

  1. We’re only as free as our leash allows us to be. To complicate matters, Bush has bent the Constitution to its breaking point, demonstrating just how fragile our rights really are. The first thing the next President needs to do is restore habeas corpus… Without this nothing else really matters.

    People really need to get their priorities straight in a hurry. We have people dying every day in two concurrent wars, and we’re teetering on the brink of a significant economic collapse, yet we get all up in arms when people smoke pot locking them up for it… and don’t even get me started about Miley Cyrus’s shoulder. Clearly this is what we should be focusing on.

    We the people don’t really run this country anymore… America Inc. is more like it. We’re run by corporations, and the 1% of the population who control 90% of its wealth. America is broken.

  2. max

    Very broken. Sheesh we do not even really vote. People get all excited about primaries, but those are really determined by delegates. And then the general election, but those are really determined by the electorate college. One man one vote is a myth.

  3. I think you hit it on the head. However, I believe that if we all voted like we should we might be able to actually affect real change. What I find exceptionally sad is the low percentage of 18-29 year olds who vote. What they don’t get is that if they showed up en masse they could actually have an impact on how things are done. Instead they rely on relatively rich old white men and women to decide for them…

  4. Brut

    There are two types of people in the world. The haves and the have-nots. Those that have it inherited it earned it or stole it, and probably want to keep it. (It being whatever you want it to be.) Those that do not have it don’t need it don’t want it or just do not know yet that it exists. If you don’t have it and want it you didn’t inherit it and will have to earn it; or steal it, which will put you in conflict with those that have it and want to keep it. It’s not that complicated.

  5. max

    You just listed three kinds of people under a statement that claims there are only two, Brut. Keep working on that logic. [wink]

  6. Kym

    My husband’s cousin went to jail at 20 for life without parole under the 3 Strikes law. He had previously been convicted of possession, then was caught in a stolen vehicle with several bindles of cocaine.

    I’m not defending what he did— but why does this country roll in punishing people like a dog in shit!

  7. Prison Systems are cash cows.
    And the cows only produce if you feed them.

  8. You have a fair way to go before you are as hated as Hitler.

    We’ll let you know when.

  9. Don’t even get me started. The government killed my friend and I am angry, really angry – compared to what she did, there are people who get punished less for far more.

    We the People need to take this country back and out of the hands of false politicians and bad government.

    We need…a revolution!!!

  10. And therein lies the problem – when in hell are enough of us going to be angry?

    I had some one write me once after an editorial, saying that my hands should be cut off like they did in Iraq so that I might appreciate my freedoms more. I was sorely tempted to write back that she should try spending a couple of months in secret custody without habeas corpus like the feds did to a U.S. doctor of foreign descent in my area a few years ago so that she might better appreciate her freedoms, or lack thereof.

  11. conundrum

    OMG – I can’t believe other countries put people in prison just for being dwarves

  12. @FFE – I would have sent her a fake pair of hands with fake blood sprayed all over them. HaHA!

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