American Law Enforcement: Killing More Americans than Al Qaeda
Let that stew for a bit. If it helps, keep in mind that LEOs (law enforcement officers) are executive branch operators, not the judicial branch of government. Also, it's worth bearing in ming that more American civilians are killed by police than police are killed by civilians to a ridiculous degree. Yeah, let that sink in.
Oh, while we're at it, let's also point out that the US judicial system would collapse overnight if just half of the people in this country who have active criminal court cases choose to not accept a plea deal. Yep, the US judicial system relies on a business model of people deciding to not fight back against charges out of fear. Like I said above, let that stew a bit.
One more thing: did you know that the prison system across nearly all of this country is owned and operated by private, non government corporations? Yep, billions of hardworking (and even not hardworking) American tax dollars every year are used to overpay for our prison system because of misguided ideology claiming it's cheaper (it's so much more expensive that it's laughable). This is how at least hundreds ( and possibly thousands) of prisons across the country get away with keeping human beings in conditions that farm livestock aren't allowed to be kept. Go ahead, keep letting this stuff simmer.
It's pretty well understood by people who are on the left wing and the right wing of the political spectrum that big money in politics drives elections and outcomes. Sure, people on both sides tend to assume that such forces are working in favor of the other guy, but the reality is clear that big money is working for both. As the popular Citizens United ruling has established, since it's not technically an open handshake quid pro quo and since corporations are now defined as having the same rights to speech as US citizens (but apparently not the same tax burden or criminal liability), none of this purchasing outcomes through sheer drowning of the process in money can be called illegal. Keep that in mind.
Now, I'm not saying that the USA is a fascist state. I'm really not. However, considering all of the things above it's pretty hard to not worry bout how close we seem to come to that ledge. This is what fear politics, which seems to be the standard path taken by practically everyone these days. And don't try to deny it, because we even have the basic list of themes that get constantly recycled in defense, and they're always demonstrably bullshit:
1. OMG TERROR! - Invoke the possibility of terror attack, no matter how remote. (example: torture excuse, NSA surveillance)
2. OMG Think Of The KIDS! - Invoke the possibility of danger to children, no matter how remote (or unfounded). (example: SOPA, CISPA, and practically any form of censorship)
3. Why Do You Hate America? - Invoke a malicious lack of patriotism (regardless of reality) against any question to authority. (examples: the run up the Iraq War, the US Patriot Act, NSA, torture, excusing police violence)
4. Why Do You Support Terrorists Who Kill Children? - Invoke any combination of the above three for emphasis. examples: politicians who will compare nearly anything with Hitler or terrorism when they oppose it)
So, I'm not saying that the USA is a fascist state. But let's be serious: every decade since the 1970's has seen us find out more stuff that keeps bringing us closer to that thin distinction between what we claim we are and at least the risk of fascism.
We should really do something about that. Just sayin.