Across the country, six THOUSAND Non-Violent Drug Offenders to be Released from Federal Prisons! This is a historic moment in the police state we’ve been living in since Reagan started the War On Drugs.
This is true leadership at work. Over this past summer Obama made speeches about how prison reform will be a top priority of his last months in office. Here we are barely in October and a long overdue first BIG step has been made.
Even Pope Francis visited a Philadelphia prison during his visit in September and said “It is painful when we see prison systems which are not concerned to care for wounds, to soothe pain, to offer new possibilities. It is painful when we see people who think that only others need to be cleansed, purified, and do not recognize that their weariness, pain and wounds are also the weariness, pain and wounds of society.”
Then BOOM! Logic and compassion prevails!!! Currently, the U.S. is champ, maintaining 25% of the world’s prison population(that’s 2,193,798 of nearly 6.3 million)! I believe within the next ten years+ the the U.S. will drop and become more more in line with the prison population rates of other developed countries. Currently in the U.S. 724 people are in prison for every 100,000 people.
To put this in this perspective…China has a population of 1.3 BILLION people vs the 318 measly million in the U.S.! Check it…there are over 160 cities in China that have over 1 million people, while the U.S. has 10. 10! YET, somehow…the U.S. has well more than a half a million more prisoners than China. Say, huh?! Now tell me that we haven’t been living in a police state!
Yeah, people around the world watch our movies and we believe our politicians propaganda about how we live in the greatest country and it’s all Leave It to Beaver and shit. But let’s be real. We’re practically censored as much as Cuba. We’re more racist than South Africa. We’re ok with putting children and oppressed people in jail, while rich white men who nearly broke our economy get to continue to hang out on their yachts. We have some dirty ass cities with bridges collapsing. We still pretend like mental health is an issue that our society doesn’t need to address as a whole. Our educational system is literally a joke, while money is spent on soldiers that never get to exercise their brain academically. Many states spend more on their prison system than they do on higher education! And the minority of pro-lifers sneakily establish laws making is difficult for a woman to receive safe/accessible reproductive healthcare, while, making is easy to kill someone with a gun. And we spread violence around the globe by allowing big gun manufacturers to promote war/violence in unstable countries and beyond. There’s a million other hypocritical issues that speak against how ‘Murica is so great.
But a great thing is happening. The War on Drugs has ended. Let’s rejoice and smoke a joint and celebrate with these non-violent drug offenders finally getting released from a prison they didn’t belong in. Thanks Obama. Thanks Pope Francis. Your work is great. In this subject, the U.S. isn’t great, we’re the world’s worst.
Just my oponion.