I wanted to share an exchange that I had on Facebook the other day. I want to share it because I think it will provide not only an opportunity to learn something new but it will also provide a few things to consider in regard to “bigger picture perspective”. Don’t just consider part of it; consider all of what I provide and be willing to explore its repercussions as well as YOUR responsibility in it.
So I begin…
I was scrolling through my feed and found that a friend of mine posted a short video about mass incarceration in America and how the Clinton’s played a large in role in that. That’s only sort of true. Let’s remember the 1994 Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act that Bill Clinton had signed in to law. That does play a huge role in it but it’s not the only one – not by a long shot.
That reminds me. Do you remember when Hillary Clinton spoke in support of that law? That’s when her “superpredators” comment came out and shocked everyone. Insight is fun!
Anyway, that act included all sorts of neat things like a ban on some assault weapons, more funding for community policing and an expansion of the death penalty. What Democrats don’t want you to know is that this legislation is very much responsible for the disproportionate and unfortunate numbers of African-Americans in the prison system today. This is terrible on a number of different levels reaching into things like loyalties and voting habits. It’s a mess!
This has a DEEP root though. The first anti-opium laws in the 1870s were directed at Chinese immigrants specifically. Of course, in 1879, Democrats advocated for the exclusion of Chinese immigrants altogether, so that shouldn’t come as a surprise. Matter of fact, the first anti-cocaine laws in the early 1900s were directed at black men in the South – which, if you’ve read my work in regard to the KKK and the Democrats, you’ll know where that is going. I guess most people just ignore dates and reasons as they follow along with this “anti-drug” movement.
I want you to understand that this isn’t a “Democrat Thing” though. Let me state that this is a double-sided problem with a double-sided source and that this is NOT a bash on Democrats because Republicans are on the hook as well. It’s true that private jails, prisons, and detention centers have been around since 1852; starting with places like San Quentin. However, what a lot of Republicans don’t even know is that the overall privatization push of the prison system actually came from President Reagan and that prison populations soared during the “war on drugs“. So let’s examine the “war on drugs” for a moment.
Understand that it was President Nixon that declared the “war on drugs” back in June of 1971. It was Nixon that dramatically increased the size of federal drug control agencies and pushed through crazy things like no-knock warrants. A lot of America-Loving Republicans agree with these measures even to this day even though such measures were based on the dislike of social and political dissent – which was supposed to be something embraced by our country being that our nation was FOUNDED on it!
This is a great example of why I say “Question EVERYTHING“. You’ll be amazed at what you find. Anyway, if you’ve ever needed proof that both sides play well with each other, this isn’t a bad place to start. Understand that this is about power, money and control and all they had to do was provide you the scapegoat necessary to pull it off. I also want you to pay attention to the idea that these terrible things are not going away when you vote new people into power. Why not? Well, it’s because YOU either forget or you don’t care. Let’s be honest with ourselves as we notice the lack of petitions or protests to get these things corrected. Let me get back on point.
What BOTH sides seemingly don’t want you to know is that privatization actually means “business”. So what this tells me is that there are quite a few people out there that just don’t understand that private prison businesses need to make money. But probably more alarming is that way too few are asking how such a system specifically makes theirs or if such a system is even effective.
On a side note – have you ever wondered what a private prison’s company motto might be? It’s probably something like “Nihil Interrogamus”. I can imagine it painted right over their doorway as you walk in. But who am I to judge? Perhaps that should be considered for America’s new national motto. I’d vote for it on the premise of “being real”. After all, it’s a hell of a lot more fitting than “e pluribus unum” at this point.
Anyway, I watched the short video. It was clearly cut from some larger project but I’m not sure what that was. Regardless, the video painted the picture that blacks were the sole victims of the Democrat’s mass incarceration push. While I don’t entirely agree with that perspective, I can agree that they were definitely targeted. Either way, I then scrolled through the comments to see what people were thinking. One comment really got to me. It said…
What they meant to say is more people are committing crimes and we’re enforcing the law.
I took immediate issue with that considering the facts. It’s actually my entire reason for writing this today and I wanted to share my retort because I thought it might help solidify the point. I said…
… which is ironic considering that we have more laws than the Library of Congress can even count; we incarcerate more people per capita than any other nation on the planet and we don’t even rank near the top of the “free-est” nations around the globe… and this is in spite of the idea that according to the Supreme Court, “A Law repugnant to the Constitution is void.” I don’t know about anyone else but something doesn’t add up.
Perhaps the people don’t know the definition of “Repugnant“. Perhaps they don’t know what their REAL rights are. Surely one of these must be the case considering that there is not a SINGLE right in the Bill of Rights that is currently not being infringed upon – which is upsetting considering that our Bill of Rights are evidently what the people are “entitled to against every government on earth” (at least according to our Founders). Let’s give a point to the Government-run school systems that the people rely on while we ignore that such a system will likely not empower their students to take the stolen power back. So if knowledge is power… the people have essentially been rendered powerless. This is evidenced by the fact that people couldn’t provide the definition of a license or permit without completely demonstrating my point – as they continue to buy them for their car, their business, their marriage, their protest and so on.
Meanwhile, those who swore to uphold and defend the Constitution (like our military, law enforcement and law makers), couldn’t recite something as simple as Article 4, Section 4 or even articulate the 8th or 9th Amendment without a guide and few minutes to think about it. But maybe that doesn’t matter because the people couldn’t hold anyone accountable to any other standard or expectation anyway being that they couldn’t do it themselves. Define irony as we explore the question of why things have gone down-hill so far. This is how we can get so many people who can recite the Pledge of Allegiance and not understand how stupid they look when they agree that taking a felon’s rights away is okay in “our democracy“. Regardless, we somehow have the audacity to call ourselves “Free” in spite of all of the evidence to demonstrate that we are not. And don’t get me started on all of the “educated” that pretend they ever learned anything as they continually complained about their required attendance and always picked on those who wanted to actually learn something.
True… the breaking or enforcement of repugnant laws is a clear justification of such a system… I’ll give you that. I’m just not sure it’s a good one. But… it sure does work well for those who are not quite ready to face certain truths or who are completely ignorant of the actual problem. Don’t worry though… I probably got this ALL wrong and I’m just a dumbass.
My advice: think responsibly.