|Lecture: Wrong Target, Sec Check|
|Ron the Researcher|
Hubbard speaks of petty criminals in DC getting sentenced to St. Elizabeths.
Well, the government is so busy being a social worker, you see? It hasn't any time to arrest anybody or take care of the law. Get the idea? Can't - can't round up criminals. Well, why can't it round up criminals? Well, because they have to send them to jail. What has sending them to jail got to do with handling crime? "Well, we're not quite sure, but that's the way it's done. But of course, we can't send them to jail, because as soon as we try to send them to jail.
(This is Washington, DC which has the highest crime rate, I think, in the world, including Port Said, right now.)
You see, that's an interesting comment on a government, you know? I mean, that its capital city has the world's highest crime rate. That's really getting there, you know? Here's the center of law and order which has the world's highest crime rate. Fantastic! You can't get the cops over there to arrest anybody. They won't arrest anybody. And the reason they won't arrest anybody is the people "bug out." And "bug out" is a new cop piece of slang meaning: they go up, they get sentenced to St. Elizabeth by reason of insanity, you see? They parked overtime by reason of insanity, you see, and the judge - psychiatrist rushes in, rushes him over to St. Elizabeths. They spend a few days in St. Elizabeths and they're released without any punishment at all. And the cops have gotten to a point where they just won't do their job, that's all. Why? That's because the government is so deeply enmeshed in social work that it hasn't any time to govern, you see?
— L. Ron Hubbard
Lecture 29 June 1961: Wrong Target, Sec Check
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