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Is Statism the new normal?

a href=”http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/lifestyle/general_lifestyle/january_2010/32_favor_marriage_law_that_punishes_verbal_abuse”Rasmussen: /a32% Favor Marriage Law That Punishes Verbal Abuse:br /br /blockquoteBut a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 32% of Americans say the United States should have a law that punishes individuals for verbal and psychological abuse of their spouses. Forty percent (40%) are opposed to such a law, and another 27% are not sure.br /br /Fifty-two percent (52%) of men are against a law that cracks down on arguing in marriages. Women are much more narrowly divided on the question. Adults ages 18 to 39 think the law’s a better idea than their elders do.br /br /Interestingly, married adults are less enthusiastic about a law against verbal and psychological abuse of spouses than unmarried adults are – by a 43% to 36% margin./blockquote br /br /When I read that 32% of people agreed that verbal and psychological abuse should be prosecuted and 27% are unsure, I really start to wonder about a society that even considers such draconian ideas. How did we get to this point? br /br /And why is it when someone threatens to kill others or harm others in institutions such as schools or in the military, that is okay–especially if they are politically correct about it? The worst that happens is a psychological evaluation, typically. Or is it is just the same old a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0684849577?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0684849577″war against boys (and men) /aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0684849577″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”” style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / that is really the key here? Or is statism just the new normal in the US?