It feels like you can't step a foot out of line in the States these days. Everything has become a crime from mentioning the word bomb in an airport to smiling at a kid on the street to not sticking to your neighborhood garbage collection rules. And the police have become so involved in these petty incidents rather than focusing on some of the more serious issues in today's society (and, let's be honest, there are a lot of them). In fact, the US police force has developed a reputation for being one of the most tyrannical forces in the world and our level of freedom seems to be diminishing.
And what does this mean for the future of our society? Throughout history, the societies that have experienced the greatest economic prosperity have all had a certain level of freedom, which makes perfect sense. Business thrives when people feel free to live and work happily. When a government starts to tighten the grip too much people become disillusioned and their productivity goes down. This is what is happening in the States right now.
And not only has everything become a crime, but people are being thrown in prison at an alarming rate. According to stats, the United States leads the world in the number of prisoners and in the percentage of the population in prison. The United States has 5% of the world's population, but approximately 25% of the world's incarcerated population.
If you want proof of how out of control the system has become, here are 14 of the most ridiculous things that Americans are being arrested for. Prepare to be shocked:
#1 A Michigan man has been charged with a felony and could face up to 5 years in prison for reading his wife's email.
#2 A 49-year-old Queens woman had bruises all over her body after she was handcuffed, arrested and brutally beaten by NYPD officers. So what was her offense? The officers thought that her little dog had left some poop that she didn't clean up.
#3 A 56-year-old woman who was once a rape victim refused to let airport security officials feel her breasts so she was thrown to the floor, put in handcuffs and arrested.
#4 In Milwaukee, one man was recently fined $500 for swearing on a public bus.
#5 Several years ago a 12-year-old boy in South Carolina was actually arrested by police for opening up a Christmas present early against his family's wishes.
#6 In some areas of the country, it is now a crime to not recycle properly. For example, the city of Cleveland has announced plans to sort through trash cans to ensure that people are actually recycling according to city guidelines.
#7 A 12-year-old girl from Queens was arrested earlier this year and taken out of her school in handcuffs for writing “Lex was here. 2/1/10" and “I love my friends Abby and Faith" on her desk.
#8 Back in 2008, a 13-year-old boy in Florida was actually arrested by police for farting in class.
#9 The feds recently raided an Amish farmer at 5 AM in the morning because they claimed that he was was engaged in the interstate sale of raw milk in violation of federal law.
#10 A few years ago a 10-year-old girl was arrested and charged with a felony for bringing a small steak knife to school. It turns out that all she wanted to do was to cut up her lunch so that she could eat it.
#11 On June 18th, two Christians decided that they would peacefully pass out copies of the gospel of John on a public sidewalk outside a public Islamic festival in Dearborn, Michigan and within three minutes 8 policemen surrounded them and placed them under arrest.
#12 A U.S. District Court judge slapped a 5oo dollar fine on Massachusetts fisherman Robert J. Eldridge for untangling a giant whale from his nets and setting it free. So what was his crime? Well, according to the court, Eldridge was supposed to call state authorities and wait for them do it.
#13 Once upon a time, a food fight in the cafeteria may have gotten you a detention. Now it may get you locked up. About a year ago, 25 students between the ages of 11 and 15 at a school in Chicago were taken into custody by police for being involved in a huge food fight in the school cafeteria.
#14 A few years ago a 70 year old grandmother was actually put in handcuffs and hauled off to jail for having a brown lawn.
You might smile at the ridiculousness of some of these incidents but their significance is grave. Whatever happened to America being the land of the free and the home of the brave? Instead its people are getting reprimanded for some of the most absurd crimes the world has seen. Brown lawns?! Farting in class? Opening up your Christmas present early? Come on.
It's time the US got a grip on reality and focused on what's important in the world!!
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