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You ARE a Criminal…You Just Don’t Know It Yet | The Criminalization of Americans

Losing Liberty in America

Are you a criminal without even knowing it? How many felonies have you committed today? If you’re like most Americans, you probably violate federal or state law several times each day, without even knowing it.

conform or go to jailLaws are not always written clearly with the intent to maintain peace and order. Often they are petty, unclear, counterproductive, blatantly unfair or downright ridiculous. Now we have the added indignity of being viewed as criminals just for being alive – at least this seems to be valid is the case of TSA. Everyone gets eyeballed and radiated by huge ex ray machines, or possibly just groped by strangers in public, simply for being alive and booking a flight.

 

Man Arrested For Spilling Drink In Nightclub in Vegas

In Las Vegas, you can be thrown in jail for spilling a drink in a nightclub. That’s what happened to Justin O’Connell last summer. Apparently a bouncer noticed O’Connell spill his drink and then asked him to leave. O’Connell then asked for his $30 cover charge back. The nightclub then called police, who escorted O’Connell to jail. He now faces criminal trespassing charges.

 

Here are some other criminal offenses in Las Vegas (and many other cities, for that matter):

  • Sitting or lying down on public sidewalks in the downtown redevelopment district
  • Buying drinks for more than three people within 24 hours
  • Feeding the homeless in public. Incidentally, it’s also illegal to feed pigeons
  • Pawning your dentures
  • Defacing a hamburger, by leaving its contents anywhere in public
  • Jaywalking

It’s no wonder the United States has by far the world’s largest prison population per capita anywhere on earth. More people rot in local, county, state, or federal prisons in the United States than in all other developed countries combined.That’s the tip of the criminalization iceberg. The truly sad part is that it is funded by tax payers and is becoming more and more profit oriented.

 

Woman Arrested for Buying Legal Over the Counter Sinus Medication

Losing Liberty in AmericaHave you ever purchased sinus medication over the counter? Well, so did Diane Avera, a 45-year-old Mississippi grandmother (but I wonder if she ever will again). Now she faces the possibility of a year in prison after being convicted of intent to manufacture amphetamine. It’s a long story, but basically, Mississippi law requires a prescription to purchase pseudoephedrine (and over the counter medication legally available in most states without a prescription), the active ingredient in many sinus medications. To save time, money and aggravation, Avera drove over the state line to Alabama to purchase her medication, but got caught up in a sting operation. (Thank goodness we have law enforcement looking out for us! Otherwise people would be able to purchase legally available, over the counter, sinus medication without facing court costs, emotional distress and legal fees!)

 

US Prison Population Highest In the World

According to the World Prison Population List. Ninth Edition (2012):

“More than 10.1 million people are held in penal institutions throughout the world, mostly as pretrial detainees/remand prisoners or as sentenced prisoners. Almost half of these are in the United States (2.29 million), Russia (0.81 million) or China (1.65 million sentenced prisoners)…

The U.S. has the highest prison population rate of 743 per 100,000 of its national population followed by Rwanda (595 per 100,000).”

 

Boy Arrested for Wearing Wrong Color Shoes to School

Even more disturbing the criminalization of America is now creeping into high schools, junior high schools…and most recently, even kindergarten classes. Case in point: a five-year old boy (from Mississippi…again!) wound up in the back of a police car because he didn’t wear the right color shoes to class. His teacher told him he had to wear black shoes. His mother couldn’t afford to buy him new shoes so she colored the shoes black with a magic marker. This was unacceptable to the teacher, apparently.

This isn’t something new in Mississippi. Last October, the U.S. Justice Department filed a lawsuit against officials in Meridian, Miss., for operating a school-to-prison pipeline.

“The needless criminalization of Mississippi’s most valuable asset—its children—must be dealt with immediately by school leaders and the communities they serve,” said Nancy Kintigh, the ACLU of Mississippi’s program director, in a statement.

 

Boy Arrested for Having Toy Gun At School

Recently in Virginia, a fifth-grader at Douglas MacArthur Elementary School in Alexandria, Va., was arrested and charged with brandishing a weapon Tuesday after he allegedly showed off the weapon on a school bus.

When the boy arrived at school on Tuesday, police found the toy gun in his backpack, MyFoxDC.com reports. After his arrest, he was reportedly transported to a juvenile detention center and later released.

Alexandria City Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Morton Sherman said the student has been suspended and officials were considering expulsion as a punishment.

 

You’ll hopefully excuse me from making a couple observations:

Anyone can inadvertently run afoul of America’s metastasizing network of criminal laws. Wearing the wrong color shoes to school is hardly what anyone would consider a criminal offense. Neither is purchasing medication over-the-counter.

Once you have a criminal record, especially a felony conviction, you’ll find it much more difficult to live outside the United States, or to acquire a second citizenship and passport.

 

 

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