You do not live in the Land of the Free.
If you’re reading this, then you’re probably well aware that America is not the “Land of The Free”. It is a nonsensical notion to use that title for a country that has the highest rate of incarceration of any other nation in the world. And, yes, many will argue against this fact by pointing out that countries like North Korea and the Republic of China (1) don’t incarcerate many of their prisoners, because they execute them and (2) don’t release truthful information about their prison statistics.
That is correct. But really . . . . is that how far we’ve sunk as a nation? That our patriotic declaration is now “America! Hey, at least you’re not in North Korea!!!!”
If you live in Georgia, though, it’s even worse. A minimum of 1 out of 13 adults in our state is under some form of correctional supervision. That’s a half-million Georgia residents either in prison or under government surveillance through parole or probation. The national average is only 1 out of 31 citizens.
And, yes, I know it’s horrible that I just used the word “only” in that last sentence.
But wait. It gets worse.
Georgia has a population of 10 million people. One-fourth of that population (2.5 million) has a criminal history. That means, if there are three or more people sitting near you in a restaurant – one of them is probably a convict. Unless, of course, that convict is you.
And, if you want to get an idea of what types of offenses are, then I invite you to sit in at the Calendar Call of your local Superior Court. You’ll be shocked at how often the accused felony is a victimless drug charge. For having some Xanax in his pocket, an individual can lose his right to own a gun, his right to move freely between states, and his right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures. And it is happening to many more citizens than you can imagine.
You do not live in a free country.
Don’t delude yourself into believing otherwise.