Re: Death Penalty (was Re: Didn't need no welfare state)

From: Zero Powers (
Date: Tue Apr 18 2000 - 18:37:56 MDT

>From: "Gina Miller" <>
>I have a feeling that one day in the future, we will consider capitol
>punishment just as barbaric as foreign countries see us now, (Europe seems
>to look down on our electric chair) or as we now view the guillotine. I
>acknowledge that I have extreme viewpoints towards hypocritical punishment.
>Here's our government "we do not allow killing, it is wrong, so we will
>you". To me, (and I know not a lot will agree, here's where I throw in a
>disclaimer: people can use physical punishment towards their own children,
>that's their family, their business, and their choice, although I would
>chose not to") it is just as ironic as if I had a child (say Timmy), that
>was hitting the neighbor kid , 'little Cindy' from down the street, and I
>said "Timmy it's wrong to hit other's" and proceeded to hit him 'as
>punishment'. I know that not everyone will agree with this, but I think
>exact punishments, tend to escalate the action. If we kill murder's, does
>this prevent any further murders?

Although I tend toward the "bleeding heart" end of the spectrum, I look at
capital punishment as a cost vs. benefit analysis. You got a human scum
(say, Charlie Manson) who has amply demonstrated that he will never be good
for anything except warming a prison cell. Do we keep him alive for no good
reason until he wastes away, at a cost of umpteen thousand dollars per year,
or do we put him and us out of our mutual misery by killing and cremating
him at a cost of a few thousand and be done with it? The answer to me seems


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