This is the final installment in this series. All of the questions and answers can be seen below or in the archives, and I'd like you to decide where you think we are as a nation after reviewing all 12 questions and the statistics cited therein.
Question #12- What nation kills one of its citizen every day, just by chasing them?
Answer- The United States of America wins again!
A death a day from police chases
RUNNING RED LIGHTS AT 100-MPH PLUS
"More than 5,000 bystanders and passengers have been killed in police car chases since 1979, and tens of thousands more were injured as officers repeatedly pursued drivers at high speeds and in hazardous conditions, often for minor infractions, a USA TODAY analysis shows.
"The bystanders and the passengers in chased cars account for nearly half of all people killed in police pursuits from 1979 through 2013, USA TODAY found. Most bystanders were killed in their own cars by a fleeing driver."
These people died needlessly due to hazardous and deadly pursuit of American citizens, often on nothing more than suspicion, or for a minor infraction of traffic laws.
Let's compare this number of about one American each day dying from police chases, to all causes of death from police action in some of our allied nations.
In Britain, for all causes of death by police--shootings, chases--all of it, the number, on average, is just two persons per year. In the Netherlands, since 1978 when that nation began recording such statistics, they have averaged only three citizen deaths by all causes at the hands of police.
SO WHAT IS THE VERDICT? ARE WE A POLICE STATE YET?
THE UNITED STATES HAS MORE LAWS, MORE POLICE, MORE PRISONS, MORE PRISONERS, AND STATISTICALLY THE WORST RECORD OF CONVICTIONS AND DUE PROCESS OF LAW THAN ANY I CAN FIND IN THE MODERN, FREE WORLD, SO IF WE ARE NOT ALREADY THE VERY DEFINITION OF A POLICE STATE, WE'RE VERY CLOSE.
But we don't need a revolution, my friends, as the system of governance outlined in our United States Constitution is still the most brilliant ever designed for a free people. The fact that government did not share the privileges of freedom with the poor, women, blacks, or Native Americans for most of our history was the problem, not the system itself.
Now, the rights and privileges guaranteed us as a free people have been equally robbed from all Americans except the very rich and those who govern us. So we don't need a Revolution, my friends, we just need a Devolution. Yes. That's right. A Devolution back to rule of law. A return to our Constitution, but this time, let's get it right and make sure everyone enjoys its fruits, including those deprived of their "inalienable" benefits by an incredibly corrupt system.
VIVA LA DEVOLUTION!!
Howell W. Woltz, Author
Justice Denied: the United States v. the People, and
The Way Back to America: a 10-step plan to restore the United States to constitutional government
Born in North Carolina and educated at the University of Virginia, Wake Forest University and Caledonian University in Scotland, Howell now lives in Warsaw, Poland with his wife, Dr. Magdalena Iwaniec-Woltz. Howell is the European Correspondent for The Richardson Post and Chairman of The International Centre for Justice.