I have so much to write about, so many thought’s and wrongs in the world and I want to point out every single one of them, but, first I’ll start with an analysis and history of Unites States Prison system.
As I understand it the first concept of prison was the idea of a Jeremy Bentham, he called it Panopticon, it was supposed to be a safer place for people to go when charged with crime, instead of people being whipped and beat and even killed, he had this great idea in the 1700s, but London would not give him the go. Later on Benjamin Franklin would draw up his own very ‘similar’ idea called Prisons, the first prison being Eastern State, which was created due to overflow from Walnut Street Jail, Walnut Street jail had become over crowded and so it was basically the first system where prisoners were employed to make things such as furniture, they were to be paid minimum wage, but of course the people who were supposed to keep track did not, and so it began.
Since 1800s the prison numbers were steadily growing larger, especially after the American Civil War, and then prohibition in 1920s and well you can see by the image below
The president with the biggest increase was George W. Bush Jr +11,000 and Bill Clinton in 10,000, although it did drop -5000 in 2014 and as of 2016 there are over two million people in the American prison system, this is where it gets fascinating, and I apologize if I have bored you up till now.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy elected president in 1960, created Medicare, put into law prohibition of racial discrimination and The Civil Rights Act and created the Peace Corps and reinstated food stamps. He was assassinated in 1963, only for his vice president Lyndon B. Johnson to take the reins, and uphold what Kennedy started.
I’m going to take you up the road to 1970, when Richard. Nixon was president, and we had the Kent State massacre and Bloody Sunday and Vietnam and The Beatles called it quits.
An organization came into play by the name of ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) a not for profit conservative Republican secret group that was to give each state a chance to debate on bills in reducing regulations and tax on corporations and reducing environmental programs and illegal immigration among many other things. ALEC is responsible for locking up many African Americans and giving them life sentences due to past President Ronald Regan and past President Richard Nixon and their ‘War on Drugs'(You can read this is my next blog). How did they go about from reducing regulations to locking people up you ask? Well ALEC founder Paul Weyrich was a KKK member and also the founder of Moral Majority, The Heritage Foundation, Council for National Policy. Once the war on drugs started they saw their opportunity to make millions if not billions of dollars from the corporations and prison systems, prison systems who enslaved their inmates to make everything from Victoria Secret lingerie to McDonald’s uniforms to office furniture for government buildings and for Wal-Mart and even those cute little stuffed animals for Valentines Day, you see Alec gives kickbacks to corporations in turn they make money, and the prison system is one of the biggest industrial corporations in America. The Regan administration is responsible for crack and other drugs in the black community
- American Water
- Koch Companies
- Pharmaceutical (Phrma) Research Institute of Medicine
- State Farm
- American Express
- American Electric Power (and many other power companies such as Duke and GE
- Best Buy
- Cancer Treatment Center of America
- Home Depot
- K-12 School
As you can get the jest, they own US, we work for THEM, as does every president since Nixon and even our newest president Donald J.Trump, so even though you may or may not see him as a misogynistic, racist, bigot, you should look at who is behind him and turn your anger towards them.
I hope you’ll read my next blog where I will be going into depth more about The War on Drugs