I stumbled across an article today that gave me literal goosebumps...and not in a good way.
Due to a rising budget crisis, Topeka, KS has now decided to look at decriminalizing domestic violence, among other misdemeanors. According to them, "the Shawnee County District Attorney’s office, facing a 10% budget cut, announced that the county would no longer be prosecuting misdemeanors, including domestic violence cases, at the county level. Finding those cases suddenly dumped on the city and lacking resources of their own, the Topeka City Council is now considering repealing the part of the city code that bans domestic battery."
Here's the rub, set out in our own Declaration of Independence:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
How horrifying that doing personal harm to another person is no longer going to be a crime in Topeka...simply because the money isn't there to prosecute the offenders! Now, it appears that funding is becoming more important than the rights of citizens everywhere. You can guarantee that if this manages to pass in Topeka, it will start to pass elsewhere, too.
Goodbye life, liberty, and happiness.