These are not problems that can be glibly dismissed with a few well-chosen words, as most politicians are inclined to do. Nor will the 2016 elections do much to alter our present course towards a police state.
School officials are also exhibiting zero tolerance for the age-old game of cops and robbers, a playground game I played as a child. In a new wrinkle on this old game, however, it's not the cop who gets the bad guy.
Let's put this into perspective: If you are arrested for even a traffic violation, the Supreme Court has now given law enforcement officials the green light to strip you down and search even your body cavities, regardless of whether or not they believe you possess any dangerous or banned substance.
The recent Supreme Court decision in Florence v. County of Burlington, supported by the Obama administration, makes a large example of the way an expansionist foreign policy based on coercion and violence has returned on us and come to haunt Americans.
In an age when the courts show greater deference to bureaucracy than democracy, making life easier for harried jailers trumps the Constitution. Consequently, any person who is arrested can now be subjected to a degrading strip search.