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Friday, May 15, 2009

The death penalty, what some say, what do you say?

"As one whose husband and mother-in-law have both died the victims of murder assassination, I stand firmly and unequivocally opposed to the death penalty for those convicted of capital offenses. An evil deed is not redeemed by an evil deed of retaliation. Justice is never advanced in the taking of a human life. Morality is never upheld by legalized murder."
-- Coretta Scott King

I know something about killing. I don't like killing. And I don't think a state honors life by turning around and sanctioning killing. --John Kerry, 1996

Government can’t be trusted to control its own bureaucrats or collect taxes equitably or fill a pothole, much less decide which of its citizens to kill. --Helen Prejean, "Dead Man Walking"

How come life in prison doesn't mean life? Until it does, we're not ready to do away with the death penalty. Stop thinking in terms of "punishment" for a minute and think in terms of safeguarding innocent people from incorrigible murderers. -- JesseVentura, "I Ain't Got Time to Bleed"

What do you think?


Anonymous said...

I think I want to think about travel
or something lighter for a change

Anonymous said...

When are you going to get back to music and poetry?

MacDaddy said...

Anon1: I hear you about wanting to travel and think about something lighter for a change. And I plan to write about traveling again. But first, there's the little thing about a black man about to be executed on scant evidence. And there is this little ole question about whether the state should be in the business of executing someone at all. Forgive me if I steal a couple of more posts to consider those two questions. Come back after May 19th, okay?

Anon2: You don't seem to like it when I go away from music or poetry. That tells me what you like. What I like is to write about a variety of topics. I'm interested in a number of things going on in my world. How about you?

SagaciousHillbilly said...

Killing is barbaric. I suppose when confronted with a life and death situation, in a barbaric way, barbarism is the only option, but when given a moment to think and apply reason, there is no longer any need for barbarism.

SDG said...

I don't agree with it because it solves absolutely nothing. It is not a deterrent and it is so frighteningly arbitrary.

With such a racist and classist so called "justice system", there is too much room for error.

I don't even want to think about the numbers of ppl who have been mistakenly executed.