Just the facts. YOU DECIDE.
I'm posting one question and answer each day on this issue. Share this with everyone you know.
QUESTION # 1. What nation has more laws with prison as penalty than any on earth or in human history?:
THE WINNER?: THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!
FACTS: The United States Congress has invented 314,000 ways to send American citizens to prison. One should keep in mind that the U.S. Constitution only allows the federal government to punish three things: 1) Piracy; 2) Counterfeiting; and 3) Treason; so 314,000 is quite a stretch.
All other "punishments", by law, are withheld as powers of the States or the People, which is my point. Our federal government is acting way outside of the authority granted it by We the People,(and this 314,000 ways to go to prison does not even include the criminal statues of our 50 states).
No other nation in world history has ever come close to outlawing so many normal human behaviors as the "Land of the Free". We might need to change our moniker from "Land of the Free" to "Incarceration Nation."
There is already a not-so-funny joke going around about my home state of North Carolina, which once billed itself as "The Variety Vacationland." That was on our car license plates when I was a kid. NC's new moniker is, "Come to NC on vacation, and leave on Probation." I wish that really were a joke. Back in 2007, due to the illegal incarceration of Norwegian citizen, Kjell Bjerke, the government of Norway advised it's citizens when they applied for a visa to America, to not to even pass through North Carolina, due to the corruption of our judiciary at both State and Federal levels, so this really is not funny anymore, and unfortunately, the corruption has become nationwide. It's not just North Carolina anymore.
The United States is the clear winner of QUESTION #1. No dictator, alive or dead, can possibly sneak up on us to win this category, as we are thousands of percent ahead of any repressive regime in history.
Isn't it great that we're still number ONE at something? We've dropped from #1 to #43 in freedom (Freedom House Index) but we're now number ONE in ways to put decent people behind bars. Wait a minute! Could these two items possibly be related?
But we don't need a revolution, quite yet....the system of governance outlined in our United States Constitution is still the most brilliant ever designed for a free people. The fact that the leaders of the United States government chose not to share the privileges of freedom with our poor, our wives and mothers, our black citizens, or our native American hosts for most of our nation's history was the problem. It was certainly not the system itself, but rather the arbitrarily imposed restrictions of its application.
Today, the rights and privileges guaranteed us as a free people have been robbed in equal measure from all Americans, except two groups: 1) the very rich who have our politicians' ears; and 2) those politicians whom that elite crew has put in power to govern us. Both have exempted themselves from the laws, rules, healthcare, and mandates, by which the rest of us have to live. We don't need a Revolution, my friends, we simply need a Devolution.
Yes. That's right. A Devolution back to our rule of law. A return to our Constitution, but this time, let's get it right and make sure that everyone of every color, creed and social status enjoys the fruits of liberty. That should include the 25% of the nation who have been deprived of their constitutional rights by an incredibly corrupt system which created 314,000 ways to deprive us of those freedoms and protections.
Every American citizen should have the right to vote, the right to defend, and the rights enumerated in our Constitution, without exception. Back to Rule of Law and our ultimate Law of the Land, the United States Constitution.
VIVA LA DEVOLUCION!
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.