The older I get the more I begin to realize it’s all about money and power. You ask why we have certain laws. There is your answer. The war on drugs doesn’t work. It puts a lot of people behind bars even though they haven’t harmed anyone but themselves.
What about these poor saps that accidentally sleep with underage girls? Maybe she was in a bar using a fake id. Maybe she was online talking to guys that were just a few years older then her and hooked up. It’s not like he raped her. The term “statutory rape” makes it sound so much worse then it actually is. Whose bright idea was it to put the word “rape” in there? So what do we do, we send that guy to prison for years.
Then of course there is prostitution. It’s illegal in most states. But it’s not illegal to be paid for sex while making a porn. Either way you are selling your body for use in sex.
Those are just two of the countless laws that are completely out of line. Laws that use no common reasoning skills. Yet we continue to fill our prisons with non violent people. We continue to fine people for things like not having car insurance.
Here in the state of Michigan if you get caught without proof of insurance, you get fined $200 TWO years in a row. That’s right, they don’t just fine you once, they make you pay twice. Why? All because you didn’t pay for some insurance policy that doesn’t pay for anything if you get into an accident anyway.
Money and power
The world hasn’t changed, we’ve just traded kings and queens for a much more complicated system where the people no longer know who to directly blame.