John Stossel: America, the Law-Crazed

Then there’s the so-called on drugs—a war on people, actually. Lots of politicians admit that they used drugs in their youth—even presidents. Barack Obama wrote in his memoir, “Dreams From My Father“: “Pot had helped…; maybe a little blow (cocaine) when you could afford it.”

And, yet in office, these same politicians preside over an injustice system that jails a million Americans for doing what they did. Don’t they see the hypocrisy? Give me a break.

English: Joseph Stalin after 1943 in military ...

Joseph Stalin after 1943 in uniform with shoulder marks of the Marshal of the Soviet Union. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The president used cocaine? I didn’t know that! He admitted it in his memoirs (allegedly written by his good friend Bill Ayers). But the president continues to prosecute the on drugs—it’s a “war on people” as Stossel correctly points out—indicating a measure of that staggers even me.

Stossel’s point is elsewhere: we are drowning in a sea of regulations. See the book “Three Felonies a Day” by Harvey Silverglate, where, according to one of the book’s reviewers,

He shows how the Department of Justice has led a steady march to expand their reach into the lives of ordinary Americans. The result? [A] panoply of laws giving them the right to prosecute just about anyone for anything at will.

Stossel compares American to China and Russia:

China locks up 121 out of every 100,000 people; Russia 511. In America? 730!

Stossel quotes Lavrentiy Beria, head of Joseph Stalin’s secret police in the old communist Soviet Union: “Show me the man, and I’ll show you the crime.” Beria:

could always find some law the targeted person had broken. That’s easy to do when there are tons of vague laws on the books. Stalin “legally” executed nearly a million people that way.

Stossel’s point is well taken, and I agree: we’re living in a totalitarian country. One measure is the degree of exercised by our leaders by breaking laws themselves that they are enforcing on others.

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