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Changing the Law System - The first step for a "healthy" Country

Updated on September 21, 2011

I was looking at questions in HP, and this one caught my attention: "How many small laws are broken daily by nice people as you?".

It's something that has been on my mind lately. If you watch the news, you may come across some news about my country, Portugal, and the problems we're facing now in terms of economy.We've reached a very uncomfortable place, and while there are several factors that have made us reach this state, I think that the main one is problems in the Law system.

I will answer this question with my point of view, of what I see in my Country. Everyday I see small laws being broken. Most of them are in traffic (exceeding speed limits, running on some red signs, bad parking, ...), but nowadays, in Portugal, I think that there's a sense of impunity... People think that they can do what they want and nothing will happen.

Law: It should be a countries pilar

I think that the law system should be a strong base pilar for each country! With a good law system, people would feel safe, would understand that there's consequences for their acts, will think twice before doing anything...

Nowadays you open a Portuguese newspaper and most of the news related to crimes (being thefts, economical crimes, or something else) end with everyone being released and not persecuted... Or having a sentence like "two years of suspended jail time"...

You finish reading the news and you get the sensation that crime does pay off...

Small laws are still laws...

Do people know that when they're breaking a lay, even a "small" one, they're still breaking a law? I really don't think that happens here, people just don't care if they're breaking the law while exceeding speed limits, or doing works without invoicing... These are just small examples that I see everyday!

What example do you give to your kids if they see you everyday committing these small crimes? Yes, crimes, because that's what they are! Traffic crimes, white collar crimes, robbery, ..., each and every one of them is a crime!

It's clear that they know that they're committing a crime, but they have the sensation that nothing will happen to them, and unfortunately most of times it doesn't... So people keep doing this with a smile on their faces...

We need changes, now!

It's clear that we need urgent changes in our law system! The new government is trying to change some things but the law lobby is very big and powerfull... Every small thing that they try to change, faces a very strong opposition from lawyers, judges and everyone related to the law system...

It's a very complex system and it's very difficult to start reforming it... It takes lots of courage and power of will to start implementing the necessary changes!

I'm very curious to see what this new government can do but to be honest, I'm not betting on their success...

I really hope they can pull it trough.. I think it's the first place where they should focus to get our country back on it's feet! In my opinion, a good and reliable law system brings with it great stuff!

What can you do?

And what can we, ordinary people, do, to help changing things? We need to be better cittizens, to keep in mind the consequences of breaking the law, to do our best, to teach and show our childrens that we do need to obbey the law!

Even the small examples can cause a great impact on our children and other people!

What's your thoughts on this matter? Do people have the sensation of impunity in your country also? What's the importance of the law system for you?

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    • Dreamlin profile image

      Dreamlin 

      7 years ago from New Jersey, USA

      Changes always come slowly, if they come at all. I agree with you that law should be reinforced. However, laws are manmade, and they serve certain groups as they seize the need, not necessarily for the benefit of the mass majority. That’s why, in my opinion, it is difficult to reinforce them to the teeth. As lawful citizens, our best bet is to raise our own moral standards, and teach our children accordingly, distinguish right from wrong, and so in the next generation, our world can become a better place to live for all of us.

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      Luis Bivar Ramos 

      7 years ago from Porto, Portugal

      But, at least here, it's difficult to start changing, there're a lot of lobby's behind the scenes that want to prevent these changes at any cost...

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      myinjuryattorney 

      7 years ago from Los Angeles, California, USA

      I do agree with you, if we really want to have a healthy and progressive country, we really need to changed our law system.

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      Sajib 

      7 years ago from Bangladesh

      Yes, your are absolutely right...Law, should be a countries pillar. But I think, government has apply it properly.

    • lbramos profile imageAUTHOR

      Luis Bivar Ramos 

      7 years ago from Porto, Portugal

      Thanks for adding that point! I completely agree with you!

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      Syed Hunbbel Meer 

      7 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      Good, thought provoking hub. Though I am not aware of Portugal's situation but I can relate to law and order situation as I live in a similar bedlam.

      One more point I would like to mention that laws and corruption go hand in hand. If there are laws, there should be not be any sort of corruption to make those laws effective. People should not be given an opportunity to slide through the back door by breaking the law and then corrupting the upper class and authorities.

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