Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Cruel and Unusual -- and Barbaric -- Punishment

It took nearly 90 minutes of invasive poking and prodding for a team of inept state-employed killers to find a suitable vein in the body of convicted murderer Joseph Clark before they could finally inject enough chemicals to snuff him.

Clark reportedly cried out in pain during the excruciatingly tedious procedure, and at one point said, "It don't work."

The death penalty, as I have argued before, is both cruel and unusual -- if not in its fequency, in its application. And, as Clark said before he died, "it don't work".

It is especially cruel in a case like this. It is also barbaric, and it has no place in a civilized society. It does not do what it is allegedly supposed to do, which is deter others from committing similar crimes. If it did, Texas ought to have nobody on death row, since that state is the king of killing, the earl of executions, the duke of death... and so on.

But it evidently hasn't stopped the murders and other death-penalty crimes in Texas, has it?

It's about time we recognized it for what it really is: Revenge killing -- a concept that was personally known to and accepted by the "founding fathers" at the time this country was established, but has long been outlawed for people like you and me -- which our own government gleefully perpetrates on what seems like a weekly basis somewhere in this country.

Let's put a stop to it. Not that it's going to stop as long as the party of god, guns and good ole "family values" is in power. Yet another reason to elect progressive Democrats to congress this fall.


Granny said...

I've been an opponent of capital punishment since the days of Chessman in California.

Have you noticed the crowds that gather at the prisons? It's a circus and has nothing to do with justice.

I will never forget the d.j. in Florida who played the sound of bacon frying the night of Bundy's execution.

Bundy was a monster but so was the disc jockey.

Anonymous said...

I personally don't have a problem with the revenge factor in Death Penalty cases. I have a big problem with the application of the Death Penalty in this country. If you are rich and white you can be assured you will not get the Death Penalty. You will probably get a life sentence with the possibility of parole. If you are well connected you could probably get the D.A's office to knock it down to 2nd degree murder or manslaughter and you will do some jail time and probably get paroled in the near future.
If you are poor, a minority or retarded, you will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. There will be no extenuating circumstances. You are automatically deemed a threat to society and deserving of the Death Penalty.
I agree that there is no evidence that the Death Penalty works in preventing murder. Texas would be the safest state in the Union, not. I especially hate it when I hear Death Penalty proponents use the argument that it prevents that particular murderer from murdering again. Like keeping them in jail for life without the possibility of parole wouldn't accomplish the same thing. Also, it is much cheaper for the tax payer to keep a murderer in prison for life than to put them to death. When you sentence a person to death, they get automatic appeals that big time law firms use to rack up multi-million dollar fees that they bill to the state. A lot of money and political power is made off of demagoguing the Death Penalty issue.
I believe that life without the possibility of parole is a just sentence.
So these are some of the reasons why I am against the Death Penalty.