Early this morning in the wee hours, I had what you might call a pre-waking dream. It came at that moment when you are still asleep but just ready to awaken, where mere moments, or even seconds sometimes seem like hours. In this dream-state, I began thinking of my youth back in the early 60's, a period in time when I knew America was a great country, but better still, a good country and a sensible country. Some of our politicians were still bad of course(crooks are always with us like bad weather) but many others weren't and people in general were good or certainly seemed to be. It was a time when we left our car doors unlocked and even our house doors and it was no big deal. It was long before the war on drugs began and all the other ridiculous laws since that have filled our prisons beyond capacity. We didn't have 4 million people(the population of a small state or major city) incarcerated back then. We weren't locking up seventeen year old kids for having oral sex with sixteen year old kids. Hell, we didn't even know what oral sex was back then! Eighteen year olds who were having sex with their sixteen year old girlfriends were not considered criminals. They were considered normal teenagers with wild hormones. Today we're taking normal kids and turning them into criminals. Why?
I'm a concerned, middle aged blogger and member of the ACLU. I hail from the Bay Area. I Lobbied congress with the ACLU over the more unconstitutional elements of the USA Patriot Act. Marched in peace protests, lost a former school chum in the world (more...
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