January 12, 2009

What happened to the U.S. Constitution?

2nd Amendment:
A well regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.

4th Amendment:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures shall not be violated and no Warrants shall issue but upon probable cause supported by Oath or affirmation and particularly describing the place to be searched and the persons or things to be seized.

Now read this: Midnight Warrantless Search in Maryland

The case above is exactly why I cringe when I read an article in the Washington Post about how proud the police are to have reduced violent crime without allowing law-abiding citizens greater freedom to defend themselves. When the state becomes your protector and the police become the first line of defense then the only way they can do their job is for you to become a peasant whose life and wellbeing are the property of the state. It's good that violent crime has gone down. It's good that the police are proud of their role in reducing crime. But the cost to the average, hardworking, law-abiding citizen has become too high!

We need to reverse the now fifty year-old trend of eroding away at the rights and freedoms enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. Instead of limiting the freedoms of ordinary people we need to spend more time and energy training ordinary people to be self-sufficient and vigilant against crime. People need to cooperate with law enforcement and report the crimes they witness. How many police cases have gone cold because when the police canvas a busy public street no one comes forward to report what they saw? How many victims would never have encountered a violent criminal if that criminal had been shot dead by the first person they attempted to rape, rob, or assault?

Crime is rampant in many of America's major cities for these reasons:

1> People with time and money routinely purchase "recreational drugs" from street dealers.
2> Law-abiding citizens in most major cities are not allowed their constitutional right to defend themselves.
3> The only people in the streets that carry weapons are the cops and the criminals and naturally the criminals avoid the cops.
4> When a crime occurs on a crowded street, witnesses don't step forward and help the police identify the criminal.

Train people to defend themselves and then give them back their guns. According to John Lott, just that one change alone would reduce crime by so much that we would no longer need the illegal search and seizure practice that has become commonplace in cities like Los Angeles, Oakland, Chicago, Washington D.C., and New York City. If in addition to this one simple change the United States as a nation could dramatically increase the penalties for possession of illegal narcotics and provide better protection for the witnesses of drug and gang related crimes then we could easily and dramatically reduce crime in every major American city, in most Mexican cities, and in major cities throughout South America.

The time has come to recognize that "harmless recreational drugs" are funding the crime wave that has gripped the American continent from glacial reaches of Canada's Northwest Territories to the frozen shores of Tierra Del Fuego. Cocaine or methamphetamine pick me ups for fast-track financiers, that evening marijuana joint shared with your spouse, along with the rainbow-colored Ecstasy pills that are the mainstay of modern parties and raves are the foundation of modern organized crime. North Americans who use these drugs are fueling and funding the daily slaughter on their own streets, the corruption of every single government and police force on the continent, and the gradual transformation of the land of liberty into the dictatorship of the rich and powerful.

The twin North American dependencies on foreign oil and recreational narcotics are the real reasons for the dramatic upsurges in both violent crime and international terrorism. I'm sorry my fellow Americans, but you really are the source of almost every scourge that is bringing modern civilization to a dramatic and violent finish. If you don't give up your drugs, your oversize cars, and your childish inability to take responsibility for your own behaviors, then within another decade there will be no United States of America. Instead there will be a dictatorship of the rich and powerful that is indistinguishable from Hitler's Third Reich, Mao's Democratic Republic of China, and Stalin's Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

Yes, that joint you smoked last night and the Ecstasy you dropped at last week's rave, not to mention the Hummer you drive back and forth to work all by your lonesome, these are the real reason you cannot walk in Central Park after dark and you had to give up your right to privacy following 9/11. It's your fault and no one else's. The terrorist and the Columbian bombmaker are doing what they do because you paid them to do it.