Thursday, November 26, 2015

Cops' lives suck: South Dakota home to nanny state fascism

Little wonder cops abuse their families, alcohol, drugs, food, power, detainees and even occasionally murder their wives.
Welcome to the land of “Weird Laws that Make No Sense,” where South Dakota lawmakers are apparently running a masters course in absurdity. The freedom to control what substances you decide to put into your own body; to move freely, unimpeded, across whatever arbitrary boundaries politicians have established; to be free of unreasonable searches and seizures; and without fear of excessive fines and cruel and unusual punishments. In a free society, smoking a plant in one part of the country, traveling to another, and then landing in jail for having a few of those plant metabolites still in your system, ought to be considered the height of “cruel and unusual.”
Read that here.

South Dakota's Republican Party blowhole has been pouring putridity over efforts of groups trying to put cannabis rights reform in front of the state's voters.

Video lootery, payday loan sharks, domestic violence and homelessness are inextricably linked putting children at risk to more catastrophic consequences far more often than has happened in states that have legalized or lessened penalties for casual use of cannabis.

While admitting he has just recently availed himself the services of a pawn shop Pat Powers is stumbling drunk through a nanny state minefield decrying proposals that would mean more consumer protection from predatory pawn brokers and quickie loan joints while upholding that same state's mandate to deny drug therapies to patients with life-threatening medical conditions.

Now he's bashing fellow Republican, Steve Hickey for being part of a drive to end predatory lenders.

Yes, the initiative and referendum processes are blunt instruments but they're the people's weapons to resist the tyranny of one-party rule.

Divining the alternate universe where Randy Scott still cruises the Moody County back roads while a Hellbent Bill Janklow serially lurks at every intersection in South Dakota's ideological landscape is one of the most flagrant examples of putting the best possible face on the decriminalization of Citibank's prospectus that has ever been perpetrated by an entrenched Republican spin machine.

It's becoming increasingly apparent that this phenomenon is no accident: it has been manufactured to make the state a corporatist tax haven for an exclusive set of Republican fascists while $2.5 trillion languishes in South Dakota banks.

When democracy is outlawed only outlaws will have democracy.

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