A question: What are your thoughts on Vigilante justice?
I know it has gotten bad press, but I am beginning to prefer it or anarchism to a strong, impersonal Gov't, just making up laws almost in secret, over-prosecuting "victimless" crimes and not even allowing Victims to come forth and say their piece. It seems the State is trying to govern people's lives for them, what charges to file for them, and other Fascist shit.
Case in point: My little "troubles" would not have erupted into serious charges, if immediate neighbors knew each other and took care of "problems" personally and without state interference. They could go on the person's reputation and drop charges or at least be Reasonable with them. If I were in my old home town, too many people knew me, and the case probably wouldn't have gone as far. Impersonal central governments, I believe, Make crimes. Only when harm, or intended harm, comes to another should the Law get involved.
Many cops, to lessen their jobs, even adopt this philosophy; not simply busting every junkie they see on possession. Getting to know the people in their beat and knowing who's simply strung out and harmless and who's an armed dealer....hence freeing themselves for the Real crime-- that armed dealer; the violent criminals, etc. It only Makes Sense.
The other way only makes for too many laws, too many arrests, overcrowded jails, etc. Many are ignorant of the many Stupid laws out there. My Grandmother, I just found out, could have been arrested for directly transferring Grandpa's old guns to me rather than going thru a dealer, as the Law prescribed. I , and Her, were ignorant of this at the time. Since the guns weren't registered, anyway, there is a chance that Liberal CA might not have come down too hard on Grandma. But, the potential for making a sweet little old lady a Criminal over this triviality, is not to be tolerated. Laws need to Make Sense, First. Then, they need to be enforced Reasonably and Maturely, and, Sensibly. The phrase; "innocent until proven guilty" doesn't really apply except as a string of words. Only in spirit, not in actual use.
2% of the US population is incarcerated. Many believe Women incarcerated over "victimless" crimes should do their sentences in halfway houses; it will help get them on their feet and not simply make better criminals of them like prisons. Pregnant Women or mothers should again be allowed to live in H. Houses, along with their children. Children of incarcerated mothers have a hi risk of turning into criminals themselves due to lack of motherly attention.
EDIT: Re: Ca's lack of reciprocity: The Feds need to Get Tough on this kind of shit. The 21 yo drinking age was only enforced in the US during Bill Clinton's regime because he would cut off federal highway subsidies to states that wouldn't comply. That is the only way to influence any gov't--hit them in their wallets.
EDIT: Speaking of State's power... after having spend 1 1/2 hours at DMV: I don't think states should get involved in the sale of a vehicle (unless from dealer, then only tax to be paid.) It should be handled like any other purchase--toaster, TV, etc. The State need only get involved when registering for use on the road. State imposing fees on a sale is larcenous. You should be able to buy and sell anything not brand new from a dealer freely or it is a restriction in trade.