Almost every American is aware that our prison system needs to be reformed, but it seems that nobody has a viable solution. To understand the immensity of the problem we’re facing, consider these four major issues:
#1: Prisons are too expensive
In 2009, Reuters reported that imprisonment costs Americans $29,000 per prisoner (more than my wages last year), and 51.7 billion total on corrections (including local jails, probation, parole).
#2: High rates of recidivism
A 2002 Bureau of Justice Statistics study showed that after three years, 67.5% of prisoners were arrested after release, and 51.8% were back in prison. So our prison system isn’t reforming the overwhelming majority of criminals.
#3: A criminal’s ability to blend in allows them to strike again, or to breed
Without a way to recognize criminals, they can strike again after leaving prison. And they leave unfathered children all over our states, contributing to neighborhood poverty and crime. (more…)
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Almost every American today is aware that biological beings are constructed and maintained by using the language of DNA. But how on earth did DNA come to exist in the first place?
Let us consider for a moment that the theory of human evolution is true, and that–for some unknown reason–lightning hit a pool of primordial goo billions of years ago, leading some small portion of protein-saturated matter into surviving life. In order for us to exist today, that living organism must have reproduced. And if it needed to reproduce, it had to have some form of DNA/RNA. Without DNA/RNA, the life form would be completely incapable of replication.
Now, what exactly are DNA and RNA? They are one-dimensional programming codes for three-dimensional beings. By translating these one-dimensional codes, a living being is able to build–piece by piece, in sequential order–another living, functional organism. And as one might imagine, without the ability to process DNA properly by copying it and reading it properly (a very complex process done by a series of complex machines), the next organism which it would have reproduced could not have been built. (more…)
Where have all the real men gone?
For the past 50 years or so, real manhood has been disappearing, and the effects couldn’t be more clear: men are dropping out of school, leaving their families behind, and generally turning into the abominable video-game playing man-child. The last twenty years have seen the metrosexual community gain a foothold in American society, the overtly-feminine readers of Men’s Health magazine focusing their lives not on inner strength, but on gaining abs or worse–shaving their chests more neatly. And as the homosexual advocacy movement seeks to erase any and all boundaries for proper gender norms, turning what could have been Joe Dimaggios and John Waynes into Regis Philbins and Perez Hiltons, we have to wonder: can we please go back to having real men again? (more…)
In regard to welfare, traditional American ideas have generally differed in one of two ways: either the lazy and immoral poor must be able to leech the public treasury through a liberal system of welfare, or we must let the truly unfortunate fall through the cracks with a more libertarian approach. Either way, the American public has been forced to deal with one of two evils. And quite frankly, neither one is just.
But supposing we could devise a compromise between the two systems, in which the moral poor could receive a hand up without giving the immoral poor a hand-out, we could strike a deal which both Republicans and reasonable Democrats would appreciate. The funny thing about this compromise is that, for Christian conservatives, the answer has been under our noses almost since the beginning of civilization. (more…)
Seems strange to say, but the truth is that America could use a little more discrimination and failure.
Now, before getting too far along, I should clarify something: by “discrimination” I do not mean racial prejudice, but rather the idea that the people of the United States must prefer some moral codes and behavioral trends over others.
You see, the genius of America is that instead of having a short-sighted and often distanced leadership engaging in an oftentimes untrustworthy and corrupt discrimination, the economy, the neighborhood, and the government are intended to function with a kind of democratic discrimination. This is something which an increasingly larger population of Americans seems to disagree about, but despite what some may say, the very value of discrimination is based upon three things which almost every sensible person agrees about: different societies with different worldviews will produce different behavioral results, the results will not be equally preferable, and people must necessarily be allowed to have preferences on those behavioral results. It is completely impossible for a free country–or any country–to exist without these principles. (more…)