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  •  Heck... (3+ / 0-)

    ...This may be an unpopular opinion, but I'll voice it anyway:

    ...I think that "If you aren't doing anything wrong" shouldn't matter a whit.  The only thing that should matter, that should make something illegal, is because, directly or indirectly, you're causing harm to someone else.

    I'm convinced that this is why the Constitution includes relatively strong protections against searches -- because when it comes down to it, if you aren't harming someone with what you're doing, and there's no one to bring a complaint against you, it shouldn't be illegal in the first place.  "Victimless crimes" shouldn't exist, but they do -- and in fact there're quite a lot of them, and our prison population consists of quite a lot of these 'offenders'.

    So -what- if some kid is walking down the street with a couple grams of pot in his pocket?  So what if he's doing so high as a kite and smoking a big blunt?  No one's being harmed.  (Though if he gets in a car, then there's a case to be made, just as there is with DUI.)  If someone's being drunk in public, why should they be hauled in?  If two adults engage in a consensual act of sodomy, why is a state trying to make it illegal -again-?  

    •  people have gotten very lackadaisical about (2+ / 0-)
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      kmfmstar, Karen from Maui

      protecting their rights because many in recent generations haven't had to exercise them. Our freedoms have gotten flabby.

      The college student I was classmates with (my daughter's age) are mostly smart, curious people, yet it had to be explained to them that just because no one has stopped you from smoking that joint fairly openly doesn't mean 'the authorities' are not chalking it up and saving what they know about you for the day they need you.

      And again, it was only in this century, this modern 21st century that feels quite free and easy to kids who never had to fight about a hairstyle for a job, never mind defend their sex lives- only a decade ago that the Supreme Court said 'sodomy' is okay in private.

      Texas was up men's butts too until ten years ago, now they can't do that, they can only stick it to women. Hey ladies- how about the NSA checking your online medical records then threatening to tell your husband and friends about the secret abortion you had all those years ago?

      seems to me that the origin of the word "authority" has a lot to do with who controls what is actually written down about us...for better or for worse.

      We are all pupils in the eyes of God.

      by nuclear winter solstice on Sat Jul 27, 2013 at 05:29:44 AM PDT

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