Laws were originally created to punish those who commit crimes. When did it become policy to punish those who may
commit a crime? I've noticed
an emerging pattern here. Most of our laws are no longer punishment after the fact, but instead meant to punish those who fit the profile of a
criminal. The original idea was to prevent crime by punishing those who actually commit crimes, therefore deterring those who might think of
committing a future crime. Now, we charge people with offenses for things that have the potential to become a future crime (or accident), but aren't
Stop the drug users, BEFORE they do something wrong. Stop the drunk drivers, BEFORE they hurt someone. Stop the criminals, BEFORE they commit a crime.
Stop the terrorists, BEFORE they commit acts of terror.
Apparently, this has also become our foreign policy. America has become so hell bent on preventing unforeseeable consequences, that it has now become
illegal to do anything that could even lead to an accident or crime. Furthermore, it's illegal to assume there won't be an accident. Even safety has
become pre-emptive, mandatory law, in many cases. All of our policies are dedicated to stopping bad things BEFORE they happen, which really isn't
possible. It's actually become policy to arrest people who appear to be in a situation that might eventually lead to a crime. So, non-criminals are
being arrested for the mere possibility that their intentions might
be leaning toward a crime, instead of arresting people after they commit a
crime. They're no longer deterring crime, but deterring what they deem "criminal behavior." The problem is, paranoia has deemed too many things
So, we've reached an age when not only are Americans subject to this pre-emptive law enforcement, but so is the rest of the world. Where does it
stop? It's becoming a "Minority Report" scenario, and we don't even have psychics that can tell us a crime is going to happen. I foresee a time
when you may be incriminated by your own genes.
Just last month, another teen was arrested for writing poetry with "dark overtones." Have we reached the age of thought police? It certainly would
Where does it stop? Why don't people realize what's happened?