I understand your stance, and this is my gut reaction as well. But Texas isn't alone in this sort of thing. If we really start naming "no go" states, then there are a bunch of them to avoid (including Illinois).
Refusing to go into states that engage in this sort of abuse isn't a real solution. The day is coming when that would mean there are very few places in the US that would be left to be in.
The solution has to be to stop the behavior entirely. I'm not sure how to get there, though.
"This shitty generation could die already and leave us alone."
This is a sentiment expressed by every generation about the older generations since man could start expressing sentiments. It's part of the whole thing about how every generation believes both that they invented sex and that they are witnessing the end of civilization.
On the flip side, every older generation thinks that "the kids today" are lazy thugs (with terrible music) who represent the decline of civilization.
There is a huge amount of information available about this, so my recommendation would be to talk to a historian that covers this topic, or talk to almost any Rabbi. Google can also help: a reasonable search term would be "jews prohibited from business medieval"
More likely, she figured that she was going to be convicted regardless of whether or not she was guilty (a not completely unreasonable suspicion), and hoped that in pleading guilty, her sentence would be more lenient.
"The problem arises when perhaps untrained or under trained officers use these tests for trace evidence, and/or the results being treated as gospel."
Another, perhaps larger, aspect of the problem is that the test is given when the cop has already decided the person is guilty and is just looking for some sort of confirmation of that guilt. They are not interested in the accuracy of the test, they are interested in a pretext for arrest.
I think it's a safe assumption that the number of incidents of misbehavior is greater than the number of complaints. I know that I would never file a complaint unless I suffered truly large financial or physical damage. I'd be too afraid of some sort of retaliatory action. I suspect that I have a lot of company on that.
The solution I use is two-fold: I avoid flying to the greatest degree possible, and when I have to fly, I ship my baggage to my destination using a parcel service rather than checking bags.
"Socialism is always better than capitalism in that there is less greed."
I don't think that's right. Greed seems to be pretty much a constant. I think that one of the ideals that capitalism aspires to is to leverage the greed so that it has a positive effect.
As with all "-isms", the ideal cannot be achieved, but the idea itself is not without merit.
I think the problem is not capitalism as such, but that -- like all "-isms" -- it comes with a cost, and if you have unbridled capitalism (as we seem to be coming closer to every year), that cost becomes quite high.
I think the same can be said of socialism -- the idea is not without merit, but it comes with a cost (albeit a of a different sort) that becomes quite high as it becomes unbridled.
This sort of thing is why I think that the best system is a mongrel system: take some from column A, some from column B, and mix them so that they never achieve meltdown.
I think this, by the way, is one of the things that Americans should embrace and be proud of more. Although we are moving away from this strength, it is still true that a major strength of the US economic system is that it isn't a pure anything.
If our choice really is between abusive cops and no cops, then we're just screwed. Fortunately, there does exist (in theory, anyway) a middle ground -- cops who are ethical, professional, and don't tolerate the abuse of police powers.