Let Us Kill

With the execution of Henry Hays and the probable death
sentence of Timothy McVeigh, it seems our society is positive in
its affirmation of revenge as a justifiable motive. If so, this
may be one of the greatest negatives our system of justice can
meter out. If we support the violence and killing of capital
punishment, is it not an indictment of us as a society saying that
we value revenge as a motive? Personally, it seems to me that
revenge is the most wretched motive of all and it elevates the
condemned to some form of equality (i.e., they kill and they get
equal treatment). Hays and McVeigh are sick, pathetic characters.
I do not want to elevate their sicker, more pathetic existence to
anything other than acknowledge just that. They are sick and
pathetic. Should we as a society kill people who are sick? If
not, then why do we condone capital punishment?


Whenever we, as a society promote killing, what does that say
about us? Does it not place us squarely in the position of revenge
killers?

I really do not ever recall our killing a killer and a victim
came back to life. If this possibility should ever exist, I want
to be the first to stand forth in favor of capital punishment.
Do we, as a society, send subliminal messages to the
emotionally sick that we support violence? After all, we as a
society are not above seeking revenge and killing. I really do not
see how two wrongs make justice. Does the might to mete out
capital punishment make right? Certainly not. If we want to
announce to our citizens "Thou shalt not kill" then it only seems
logical that this sound moral principal should begin with us.
Does violence beget violence? Probably. Few people are
strong enough to do as Jesus apparently taught and turn the other
cheek. Can we, as a society, elevate our society by supporting
such an ethic?

If I may be so bold, if we are going to have a society that
supports capital punishment, maybe we should reinstitute
crucifixion and have Jesus drive the stakes. How's that for
perspective?

Collectively, our guilt as a society for supporting killing
may be diluted and diminished because we as individuals do not feel
guilt individually. After all, "Thou shalt not kill" means "you
should not kill", so this ethic has no relationship to us because
it is society that carries out capital punishment, not individuals.
However, if we found ourselves in the back of a runaway dynamite
truck going downhill toward a city, consider the options. We could
jump the back gate and distance ourselves from an unbelievable
crash and explosion. Thus, it will have little impact on us but
the city and its citizens face horrendous peril. Secondly, we
could throw out boxes of dynamite as we go downhill and maybe save
many lives and still jump to safety before the certain crash.

If capital punishment is indicative of sick baggage being
carried by our society, I would suggest we throw it out. It is not
good for us now and it will only get worse the further down the
road we go. Yes, we as individual s can impact the whole of
society.

I know of the recent boasting of a decrease in violent crimes
in America. Are we so naive as to believe capital punishment is
responsible or could our collective euphoria over a good economy be
more responsible for our more placid collective national mindset?
Should we exist nationally with a collective mindset like a child?
Should our good behavior be bought by our local, state and federal
budgets, Alan Greenspan, the federal reserve, etc.? Is this not
analogous to children being controlled by an allowance, i.e. ,
misbehave and you won't get your allowance? Then you will really
have something to rebel and get violent over ....
It is with utmost respect that I challenge the reader to
consider moving us closer to a truly less violent society by saying
stop the killing i stop capital punishment. Society is a collection
of individuals like you and me. Let us make a collective statement
that we oppose violence and that one grand place to make such a
statement is to oppose capital punishment. It is the only civil
thing to do.

Ross Sloan


If you would like to have a 10 min. video to possibly give a more comprehensive view of my position on societal improvement via the elimination of capital punishment, my 10 min segment in the debate seemed to steal the show.

2 comments:

  1. Hi Roswell,
    Could it be that capital punishment is just that, punishment? A judgment, perpetrated toward an individual who commits the vilest act against the society in which he/she lives, the murder of its people and in some cases the theft of purity of its children through rape. I would call it pedophilia but that is such a clean clinical word. Once it has been proven beyond a shadow of doubt that the convicted did indeed commit the atrocity for which he/she is accuse, should that same society provide for the care and livelihood of that convicted individual? Heavens no. That person should be eradicated from the society in which he/she perpetrated their crime against.
    Here is the caveat, beyond a shadow of doubt. In a society where the fallacy of human error exists, prejudices, reward for high conviction rates, malfeasance in office, jury tampering, jury nullification, political ambition, and so on; is it just to kill?

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  2. I know the lady that wrote this and its seems over simplified. I do deplore the taking of anyones life and see anonymous as short sided. If we could convice the killer or murderer of anyone, I am not sure the killing of that person would help make a better society. I love the fact that I live in America and that our constitution has so many safe guards to help keep the execution of anyone from a capital crime that could be or was innocent of said crime. Same has been done with the best of intentions for approximately 2 dozens capital crimes before even though they were proven innocent. What a horrific crime on the part of our society. Let us prevent possible error. Let us NOT execute anyone. Could that make us a bit more civilized?

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