Oversight - You keep using that word. I do not think our elected political heroes think that it means what you think that it means.
o·ver·sight noun 1. an unintentional failure to notice or do something. "He said the committee's failure to pay the least bit of attention to the actions of the three-letter agency was an oversight" synonyms: mistake, error, omission, lapse, slip, blunder;
2. the action of overseeing something. "effective oversight of the financial reporting process"
Also, removing clear-cut conflicts of interest on the governmental side (civil asset forfeiture, for-profit incarceration, re-election). If we want to throw people in prison, fine, but it's on society to pay for it, so maybe we should think about how many of our tax dollars we want going towards keeping each class of offender incarcerated.
Something else that might be worth considering is requiring a jury trial, and disallowing plea-bargains (with an actual, funded guarantee of competent defense). Possibly throw in outright dismissal of charges with financial reparations to the defendant for certain classes of crime if the trial cannot be completed in X amount of time if the delays are on the State side.
There are lots of things that could change, but none of them are workable in an era where an "honest politician" can be most readily defined as "one that stays bought".
Revised Code of Washington (RCW) The Revised Code of Washington (RCW) is the compilation of all permanent laws now in force. It is a collection of Session Laws (enacted by the Legislature, and signed by the Governor, or enacted via the initiative process), arranged by topic, with amendments added and repealed laws removed. It does not include temporary laws such as appropriations acts. The official version of the RCW is published by the Statute Law Committee and the Code Reviser.
The RCW Index document - just the index - as of December 2016, is a 748 page PDF. It is single-spaced, uses a small (10 point)? font, and runs 3 columns per page. There are no blank pages that I noticed flipping through it.
Those are just the state laws. Now, add in all of the County, City, and Tribal laws that a typical local LEO is expected to enforce, and you've built a system where officers can legitimately assume that anyone they're interacting with is breaking _some_ law.
I don't lock my luggage anymore, for US domestic travel at least.
"Sorry officer, no idea what that might be. I didn't put it in there, and I didn't leave it alone until I handed it to the airline agent. How many people did you say handled my bag before you found it?"
I also don't check anything of any value, but then, I never have.
"The amount of headache CA creates for the rest of the country is not worth any net gain. There is a reason very few are trying to prevent CA from seceding. I dont live there and would gladly donate to their cause. Happy to see them go."
Yup. Because all those shipping ports with direct access to the Pacific, including being a major shipping lane for good to and from Asia, are just a tremendous drag on the US Economy.
Nothing bad at all would happen to the US economy if the US were to lose direct access to those ports.
Not being involved with either the US, Russian or Chinese governments, I can only speculate, but enhanced economic and military dominance jump to mind as obvious candidates. Enhanced long-term control over natural resources, globally speaking, is another candidate.
All 3 of which become easier for them to accomplish if the US role in world affairs is diminished.
Again, this is all speculative and opinion, and therefore easily shredded.
Yeah, and this is why the US is going to get our asses handed to us in the next 20-50 years: As a society we're functionally incapable of looking more than a couple years out, strategically speaking.
China and Russia are playing long games with the US, and the US hasn't figured that out.
Tactically, having a "friendly" US president is moderately useful.
Strategically speaking, the US beginning taking action to withdraw from the international community and begin the voluntary process of alienating its Allies and Neighbors is absolutely priceless to Russia and China.
And you're welcome to feel that way. I won't say that you're wrong to be upset about those things, but it's important to understand that fear & anger are tightly coupled emotions in the human brain, and it's pretty common for anger to be a direct response to fear.
I'm a sucker for quotes, so I'll channel Yoda on this one: “Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering."
There's a lot more wisdom in that than most people realize.