I've rediscovered a lot of truths recently. I don't remember people being so manipulative, hypocritical and cruel in the late 60's, 70's and early 80's when I was growing up, except with my family who made me feel like dirt every chance they got, but it seems that most Americans just can't mind their own business. If someone wants to sell drugs to someone who wants to buy drugs, what business is it of mine? If they want to hire a woman to have sex and the prostitute is not forced into it, that's their business.
I think most of it started with Reagan's escalation of the Drug War, and the incredible stupidity of mandatory sentencing for non-violent crimes and RICO statutes. He also ushered in this holier-than-thou self-righteous BS we see so much of these days. The pastors who bitch about someone else visiting a prostitute when they often do the same, or worse, molest a child often do more harm than their "sinner" targets. The Eliot Spitzers and Jimmy Swaggarts of the world. Funny how RICO became law under Nixon, Mr. Paranoid.
The people who've wreaked the most havoc in my life are considered absolutely law-abiding by local police or the cops themselves, even as examples to follow. Like the cops who lie their asses off in courts, knowing the judges go right along with it, or the ones who discharge their weapons accidentally or use excessive force and hardly even get a slap on the wrist.