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Lyric Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-26-08 01:49 PM
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127. You're absolutely right, Bertha.
It's not a question of how "sick" a person is, or how "horrible" a crime is. Those are emotional, subjective issues that have no bearing on the real question at hand. Should the government have the power to kill? NO. NO. NO.

War and execution are the same beast, when you get down to the basic gist of them. Both are government-approved and initiated means of murdering people, in order to (ostensibly) "protect" the American people and their interests. I don't trust the government's word when they say that war is "justice"--why the hell would I trust the government's word that an execution is "justice"?

Until we are able to mete out perfect, unstained justice, we have NO RIGHT to kill as punishment. If someone is wrongly convicted and put in jail, it's possible to let that person back out again and make at least partial amends to them. If someone is executed wrongly...then WE ALL are murderers. Everyone who supports the system that killed an innocent person. We become precisely what we strive to defeat.

It's wrong, and it needs to stop. It disgusts me that no political leader is willing to be courageous enough to take this issue to the people and explain to them how horrible it truly is. It breaks my heart that so many of my fellow Dems believe that the government can and should be trusted with the right to kill.
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