Posted by: Jim | August 15, 2007

Carry on, carry on as if nothing really matters


Certain authorities in our federal government now have the ability to cut through the red tape and hasten executions.

After all, if there’s one thing our government isn’t doing fast enough, it’s killing people.



  1. Wow! It’s so refreshing that important, landmark legislation is being created and the impossibly slow wheels of government are being greased.

    Global warming? Nah, needs more study. Potential corporate sacrifices too costly. Election reform? Nah, too difficult and threatens the status quo. Health care reform? Nah, too expensive and threatens the medical/insurance cartel. Besides, that’s a slippery slope to Stalinism, don’t you know?

    But when it comes to executing people more expediently, well, how could anyone not be on board for that? After all, these are bad guys! Think of all the money we’ll save by not feeding them for six more months! Man, push that legislation through!

    Because if there’s one thing I can’t stand, it’s all that time they give people to try and save their own lives by appealing and possibly proving their innocence. Because we all know that if they’re in there, they’re guilty, right? The government is always right.

    Especially since, with BushCo rapidly redefining ‘civil disobedience’ as ‘terrorism’, soon we’ll ALL be in there.

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  2. So? In whose hands would you rather see this power wielded? Admittedly, I couldn’t pull the switch to kill anyone unless I had watched them do the deed with my own two eyes, and I would be pissed to the nth degree if our flawed legal system allowed an appeals process to go on for 10, 15, 20 years. It happens.

    “Such powers were previously held by federal judges, but a provision of the USA Patriot Act reauthorization bill approved by Congress last year hands the authority to the attorney general.”

  3. Todd, you admit that the legal system is flawed, and yet you trust it with a person’s LIFE (not YOUR life, of course, but somebody ELSE’s life).

    You admit you couldn’t kill someone, and yet you support a system that routinely does that dirty work FOR you, so you can pretend your hands are clean.

    A 20-year appeals process? Yes, it does happen — but we’re talking about EXECUTING someone, man. You might not be so pissed if it were YOUR death sentence that was being appealed.

    In whose hands would I rather see this power wielded? Why, Todd, I’m disappointed in you; you should know the answer to that: NOBODY. Do you realize that we are one of the very few first world nations that still executes people? We also have the highest percentage of our own citizens incarcerated. I know you drank the Kool-Aid and all; I know you think that the good ol’ USA is the greatest country on Earth, blah blah blah — but if we’re so great, please tell me why other countries can find a way to not have to kill people (and imprison everybody else), and yet they manage to maintain civil and economic order, in some cases a lot better than we do?

    You seem to think you’re a perfect and obedient little subject of a perfect and just society, and you can’t conceive of a world in which someone like yourself could be tossed in jail and convicted of something you didn’t do (or something that shouldn’t be a crime), but in the real world, where your admittedly ‘flawed’ legal system does just that every day, it’s incumbent that we follow the lead of more enlightened nations (yes, it’s true; there ARE more enlightened nations), and quit killing people.

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  4. Todd, you’re killing me. Figuratively.

    If the US is going to have the death penalty, which amounts to something worse than a lottery, in terms of who gets it, then, maybe they should incorporate a genuine lottery – every convicted murderer gets a ticket, and once a year, the draw is made, and a certain percentage “win” a trip to the chair, gas chamber, lethal injection, etc. (There could also be some ‘win a thorough review of your case’ prizes, too)

    While unseemly, this would actually be fairer than the present system, where African Americans, who comprise around 13% of the population make up around 42% of the people on death row. And chances are every single one of them had an overworked public defender in their corner.

    Naturally, I would prefer no death penalty, we abolished it in the UK long ago, I don’t see what purpose it serves, and it does mean that if new evidence comes to light, the person who might benefit may already have been killed. Unless you have 100% faith in the justice system to get it right every time, I feel it’s a no-brainer.

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