CAPITAL PUNISHMENT IS NATURALLY RIGHT

CAPITAL PUNISHMENT IS NATURALLY RIGHT

WHOEVER CREATED OUR WORLD SET FORTH SOME BASIC LAWS WE CALL
THE LAWS OF NATURE. PROBABLY THE FIRST LAW THAT MUST BE ACKNOWLEDGED IS THAT LIFE IS TOUGH BECAUSE NATURE IS RULED BY FANG AND CLAW. EVERYWHERE IN NATURE IT IS EAT AND BE EATEN. IT IS THIS
RATHER BLOODY ASPECT OF NATURE THAT IS BASIC TO THE EXISTENCE OF
ALL LIFE. HUMAN BEINGS ARE NO LESS SUSCEPTIBLE TO THE LAWS OF
NATURE THAN ANY OTHER CREATURE. HOWEVER, IN THE QUEST FOR CONTROL
AND THE SUBSEQUENT BUILDING OF A SOCIETY, IT WAS NECESSARY TO
SUPPRESS THIS BRUTE ASPECT OF US HUMANS. THUS WE MADE LAWS. ONE
OF THE MOSAIC LAWS WAS "THOU SHALT NOT KILL. ENOUGH SAID! IF
PEOPLE FOLLOWED THE LAW, CAPITAL PUNISHMENT WOULD BE A MOOT POINT
AT BEST.


SINCE PEOPLE ARE COMPLEX AND NOT ALWAYS CONSIDERING CONQUENCES,
IT SEEMS THIS EFFORT TO STIFLE RAGE, ANGER, REVENGE AND THE COMPLETE SPECTRUM OF PASSIONS LEAVES GAPS TO THE FURTHER ADVANCEMENT OF CIVILIZATION.

MANY YEARS AGO I WAS A YOUNG FRESHMAN IN COLLEGE AND TOOK THE
HISTORY OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION 101. I LEARNED OF THE BABYLONIANS, THE CODE OF HAMMURABI, THE GREEKS, THE ROMANS, THE CRUSADES, THE DARK AGES, THE RENAISSANCE, AND THE HORRENDOUS WARS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY. ALONG THIS LINE OF DEVELOPMENT IT SEEMS WE MAY HAVE LEARNED A LOT BUT BEING CIVILIZED WAS NOT AN ACHIEVED GOAL. HITLER, STALIN AND MAO TSE TUNG WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR APPROXIMATELY 130 MILLION DEATHS IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY. THIS DOESN'T SOUND CIVILIZED TO ME.

ANOTHER LESSON THAT WESTERN CIVILIZATION 101 TAUGHT WAS THAT IF
WE DID NOT LOOK BACK AND STUDY THE TIDES OR MOMENTUMS OF HISTORY,
IT WOULD BE ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO SEE INTO THE FUTURE; WE WOULD THEN BE CONDEMNED TO MAKE THE SAME MISTAKES.

OUR FUTURE SHOULD CONCERN ALL OF US ALIVE TODAY AS WELL AS
HOW OUR DECISIONS IMPACT FUTURE GENERATIONS. THUS I WANT TO AGREE
WITH FORMER PRESIDENT GEORGE BUSH WHENEVER HE STATED THAT WE NEEDED A "KINDER, GENTLER AMERICA."

IN MARCH, "60 MINUTES" INTERVIEWED CONVICTED OKLAHOMA CITY BOMBER, TIMOTHY McVEIGH AND WHEN QUESTIONED HOW COULD HE JUSTIFY SUCH A VIOLENT ATROCITY, HE REPLIED, "WE LIVE IN A VIOLENT SOCIETY; LOOK AT AFGHANISTAN, VIET NAM AND THE DEATH PENALTY." THUS IT DOES SEEM THAT OUR BRUTISHNESS IN CAPITAL PUNISHMENT IMPACTS PEOPLE. PERHAPS IT IS TRUE THAT VIOLENCE BEGETS VIOLENCE.

IN CONCLUSION I WANT TO THROW MY HAT IN THE RING FAVORING JESUS
POSITION OF TURNING THE OTHER CHEEK. I AGREE THAT SOCIETY NEEDS TO PROTECT ITSELF FROM SOCIOPATHS, MURDERERS, RAPISTS ETC. BUT CAN'T WE LOCK THESE PEOPLE UP RATHER THAN GOING BACK TO OUR BRUTISH "EYE FOR AN EYE ETHIC." 

UNTIL WE ARE GENTLER AS A SOCIETY, CAN WE EXPECT OUR PEOPLE TO
BE SO? IT MAY BE A SICK DEED TO KILL SOMEONE BUT IT MAYBE EQUALLY
AS SICK TO DESIRE THAT PERSONS DEATH. IF WE WISH SUCH, WE MAY BE
VICTIMIZING OURSELVES AND OUR SOCIETY AND ITS FUTURE. DO YOU SUPPOSE THE VIOLENT ASPECTS OF OUR SOCIETY HAS CONTRIBUTED TO THE SCHOOL SHOOTINGS OF RECENT TIMES. GOVERNOR GEORGE BUSH JRS STATE OF TEXAS HAS EXECUTED MORE PEOPLE THAN THE NEXT TWO STATES COMBINED IN STATE KILLINGS. I WONDER, HOW MANY PSYCHOLOGISTS OR PSYCHIATRIST'S WOULD SAY THAT WANTING TO KILL ANYONE IS MENTALLY HEALTHY.

THE FIRST REAL STEP TO GOOD MENTAL HEALTH IS ACCEPTING THIS WORLD
AS IT IS BUT THE NEXT, PERHAPS MOST MERITORIOUS STEP SHOULD BE SEEING IT AS IT SHOULD BE. LET US STRIVE TO BE MORE CIVILIZED AND HELP BUILD A BETTER FUTURE FOR ALL. LET US KILL ALL STATE KILLINGS. WE, THE PEOPLE,SHOULD DEMAND CIVILITY.

ROSS SLOAN
3-28-2000


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.

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