something has been bugging me for a while now and i don't really know what or if i can do anything about it. it isn't all that easy to explain- as feelings aren't- but i will give it a go anyway. why is it that america- as a country- have no problem 1) ignoring international laws which we don't agree with or that are inconvenient- even if we have signed them? 2) setting ourselves above every other nation on the planet in terms of doing whatever we feel like when we feel like it. 3) stifling dissenting points of view on a variety of topics and labelling those folks traitors or bigots? i just read an interesting post over at the peace train covering capital punishment. that got me thinking because the author of the post brought up america flouting international law against executing folks with mental illness, as well as, juveniles (until 2005). which of course got me thinking about us cavalierly ignoring the geneva convention and the anti nuclear proliferation treaties and the kyoto summit and what not-- as well as american laws that are on the books. oh- the fisa flout comes to mind what with all of the illegal information gathering.
here in new york- and i am sure elsewhere- there is a push to get something going where convicted sex offenders-- upon serving their time and being released from jail-- will be promptly remanded to a mental health facility. yeah. i have a bit of a problem with that. they have already paid their debt to society. if you want to keep them off of the streets, change the sentencing laws. it is unconstitutional and illegal to detain someone without charges- oh wait.