With only 5 percent of the world's population, the United States has 25 percent of the world's incarcerated persons. As members of a society that has the highest rate of incarceration, it is our moral and ethical duty to question the treatment of individuals behind prison walls.
Have you ever read the United States Constitution? It's 4,543 words long including the signatures. But after reading it, there's one thing that should be absolutely clear: We, as Americans, are the luckiest people in the world.
If Republican leaders begin to act more like public servants and less like non-thinking fundamentalist soldiers, we might begin to repair our political system. If not, their absolutism will plunge us into unspeakable economic darkness.