INSANITY KILLED - LIFE AND DEATH REVISITED

INSANITY KILLED
LIFE AND DEATH REVISITED
A PLEA FOR SANITY
SHEDDING LIGHT ON DARKNESS
TAKING A SWING AT ONE BATTLE BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL

I AM GLAD FOB JAMES COMMUTED THE SENTENCE Of 'I'HAT WOMAN ON
DEATH ROW AND THAT NPR & TELEVISION AS WELL AS THE PRINT MEDIA HAS
CHRONICLED THIS SUBJECT HEAVILY IN THE LAST 60 DAYS. CONSIDERING
FOB JAMES COMMUTING THIS DEATH SENTENCE, IT SEEMS TO ME MORE OF A
SUBLIMINAL MESSAGE TO OUR SOCIETY THAT CHAUVINISM SHOULD BE OUR
STANDARD AND THAT WOMEN SHOULD BE TREATED DIFFERENTLY THAN MEN.
THERE ARE MANY MEN ON DEATH ROW BUT THERE WAS ONLY ONE WOMAN AND
SHE RECEIVED DIFFERENT TREATMENT. FOB JAMES IS PROBABLY THE ONLY
PERSON WHO REALLY KNOWS WHY.


CAPITAL PUNISHMENT IS ROOTED IN HUMAN HISTORY FROM THE OLD EYE
FOR AN EYE ETHIC TO SWORDS, GUNS, HANGINGS, GUILLOTINES, ELECTROCUTION
ETC. KILLING HAS BECOME AN ENGINEERING ART FORM FOR OUR GOVERNMENT.
I HOPE MY NEXT FEW PARAGRAPHS EFFECTIVELY COMMUNICATE JUST HOW MUCH
I BELIEVE WE ARE VICTIMIZING OURSELVES AS A SOCIETY BY HAVING
CAPITAL PUNISHMENT AS AN INTEGRAL PART OF OUR LAWS.
FIRST, CAPITAL PUNISHMENT DOES NOT SEEM TO BE A DETERRENT OF
MURDER. MOST ALL CRIMES ARE COMMITTED AND THE CONSEQUENCES ARE
DEALT WITH AFTERWARD. HENRY FORD MADE AN EXCELLANT STATEMENT
IN THIS REGARD AND I AGREE "CAPITAL PUNISHMENT IS AS FUNDAMENTALLY
WRONG AS A CURE FOR CRIME AS CHARITY IS WRONG AS A CURE FOR
POVERTY."

SECOND, ANOTHER GREAT AMERICAN ILLUSTRATED THE IMPERFECTION
OF OUR LEGAL SYSTEM WHICH CREATES A RATHER GIANT MORAL DILEMMA.
THOMAS JEFFERSON SAID HE WOULD NOT SUPPORT CAPITAL PUNISHMENT
UNTIL HUMAN KIND HAD BECOME "INFALLIBLE." IF OUR SYSTEM IS
IMPERFECT AND THE OPPORTUNITY EXISTS FOR EXECUTING SOMEONE WHO IS
INNOCENT THEN IT SEEMS TO BE AN INSANITY TO EVER RISK EXECUTING AN
INNOCENT PERSON. MODERN DNA TESTING AND INVESTIGATION IMPROVEMENTS
HAVE SHOWN THAT IN THE LAST HALF OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY THAT OVER
TWO DOZEN OF THE OVER 500 EXECUTIONS IN THE U S WERE INNOCENT. MY
POSITION HERE IS SIMPLE AND STRAIGHT FORWARD. ONE INNOCENT PERSON
EXECUTED IS TOO MUCH!  I WOULD VEHEMENTLY AGREE WITH THOMAS
JEFFERSON THAT ONE INNOCENT PERSONS DEATH IS A GRIEVOUS CRIME
PERPETRATED BY "WE, THE PEOPLE." IF SAID PERSON IS IN PRISON, THEN
SOME RECOMPENSE IS POSSIBLE. HOWEVER, IF WE HAVE KILLED THIS
PERSON, WHAT CAN WE SAY TO THAT FAMILY? WE CERTAINLY CANNOT
APOLOGIZE TO HIM OR HER.

THIS LOGIC LEADS US DIRECTLY TO ANOTHER SIGNIFICANT POINT WHICH
MUST BE SAID. DO OUR LAWS ON CAPITAL PUNISHMENT IN OUR SOCIETY
GIVE THE MESSAGE TO OUR CITIZENS THAT WE ARE HYPOCRITES? WHAT
SORT OF PERVERTED, ANCIENT LOGIC DO WE USE WHENEVER WE SAY TO OUR
CITIZENS THAT WE WANT THEM ALL TO HAVE REVERENCE FOR LIFE, SO MUCH
SO, THAT WE MAKE LAWS AGAINST KILLING. THEN WE TWIST THAT LOGIC
EXACTLY 180 DEGREES AND SAY THAT WE, AS A SOCIETY, WILL KILL THE
KILLER.

I WOULD LIKE TO DISGRESS FOR A MOMENT TO FURTHER SOLIDIFY
THE POINT JUST MADE. ONE OF THE MOST MORAL MEN TO GRACE OUR
CENTURY WAS ALBERT SCHWEITZER. IN 1915 DR. SCHWEITZER THOUGHT OF
THE PERFECT COMPLIMENT TO THE ETHIC OF JESUS i. e. REVERENCE FOR
LIFE. THIS SECULAR CHRISTIAN WAS NOT A CHRISTIAN BECAUSE OF WHAT
IT WOULD DO FOR HIM, BUT RATHER HE LOOKED TO THE LIFE OF JESUS AS
THE EXAMPLE OF WHAT WE OUGHT TO BE. HE WENT AND DID LIKEWISE. DO
WE, AS A SOCIETY, HOLD LIFE IN REVERENCE LIKE SCHWEITZER AND JESUS?
ARE WE NOT HYPOCRITES WHENEVER WE MAKE LAWS THAT SAY TO THE CRIMINAL,
THOU SHALT NOT KILL, BUT WE WILL KILL IF YOU DO? OUR LAWS REGARDING
CAPITAL PUNISHMENT PLACE US SQUARELY ON THE SIDE OF KILLERS AND IS
TOTALLY VOID OF REVERENCE FOR LIFE. I KNOW THAT THE LIFE OF JESUS
WILL ALWAYS BE UP FOR INTERPRETATION BUT WAS HE NOT KILLED BECAUSE
HE VEERED AWAY FROM THE ETHIC OF REVENGE LIKE THE HEBREW SCRIPTURES
POINT OUT REGARDING AN EYE FOR AN EYE? IT SEEMS TO ME THAT ALL
THESE PEOPLE ON THE RELIGIOUS, SELF-RIGHTEOUS SIDE OF OUR SOCIETY
THAT SUPPORT STATE KILLING SHOULD GET JESUS TO THROW THAT SWITCH
OR MAYBE SIMPLY STRANGLE OUR NEXT RECIPIENT OF CAPITAL PUNISHMENT
WITH JESUS OWN HANDS. THIS WILL NEVER HAPPEN, OF COURSE, AND I
CAN'T HELP BUT IMAGINE THAT JESUS WOULD BOW HIS HEAD OVER STATE
SANCTIONED KILLING. HE WOULD BE INTELLECTUALLY CRUCIFIED ANEW.

THE NEXT POINT I WISH TO MAKE IS THAT ANYONE WHO KILLS IS SICK.
PERHAPS THIS IS ALSO WHY WE HAVE A HIGH MURDER RATE IN OUR SOCIETY
BECAUSE WE HAVE A SICK ELEMENT IN OUR SOCIETIES LAWS THAT IS
WILLING TO KILL. IF WE AGREE THAT PEOPLE WHO KILL ARE SICK, DO
WE, AS A SOCIETY, NOT STAND AS KILLERS OF THE SICK? IF THIS IS SO
THEN PERHAPS WE SHOULD HAVE SOME OF OUR CITIZENS TO WALTZ THROUGH
THE HOSPITALS OF AMERICA WITH AK47S AND KILL ALL THE SICK PEOPLE.
LUDICROUS? YES! BUT DO WE WANT TO BE KNOWN AS THE COUNTRY WHICH
KILLS SICK PEOPLE? WAS NOT JESUS FOUND IN CONTEMPT BY HIS PEERS
FROM VEERING AWAY FROM THE EYE FOR AN EYE ETHIC THEY HAD BEEN
TRAINED FOR CENTURIES TO BELIEVE IN? I DO BELIEVE JESUS REVERED
LIFE. SHOULD ANY INDIVIDUAL OR ANY SOCIETY THAT REVERES LIFE MAKE
LAWS TO KILL?

NEXT, I WOULD LIKE TO ADDRESS MY OWN DEATH AND OR THAT OF A
LOVED ONE. LET ME START BY SAYING THAT THE CARD CARRYING NUN WHO
MADE NATIONAL NEWS LAST MONTH HAS MY ADMIRATION. SHE STARTED AN
ORGANIZATION IN WHICH THE MEMBERS VOW THEIR REVERENCE FOR LIFE AND
CARRY A CARD ON THEIR PERSON AT ALL TIMES STATING THAT IF THEY ARE
EVER MURDERED, REGARDLESS OF HOW HORRENDOUS SUCH EVENT WAS, THEY
DO NOT WANT THE PERPETRATOR OF SAID CRIME KILLED. PERHAPS THE
OLD ADAGE 'TWO WRONGS DO NOT MAKE A RIGHT' APPLIES HERE. IF THE
SPILLING OF BLOOD IS WRONG DOES SPILLING MORE BLOOD HELP IN ANY WAY?
IT MAY GIVE CERTAIN PEOPLE A SENSE OF REVENGE BUT FROM MY PERSPECTIVE
THAT IS SMALL MINDEDNESS PERSONIFIED.

THIS LAST POINT BRINGS ME AS CLOSE AS I CAN COME TO EVER CONDONING
CAPITAL PUNISHMENT BUT SINCE IT IS PURELY HYPOTHETICAL AND CAN NEVER
EXIST, I OFFER IT ONLY FOR CONTEMPLATION. CONSIDER JUSTICE. IS NOT
JUSTICE WHAT OUR LEGAL SYSTEM IS CHARGED WITH METERING OUT?  IF SO,
ONE OF THE PHRASES BANTERED ABOUT BY OUR LEGAL SYSTEM TODAY IS "TO
BE MADE WHOLE." IF SOMEONE IS VICTIMIZED AND HAS $1,000 STOLEN
FROM THEM BUT THE PERSON WHO COMMITTED SAID CRIME IS CAUGHT AND THE
$1,000 IS RETURNED PLUS COSTS, THEN THE VICTIM IS MADE WHOLE. FOR
THESE PEOPLE WHO SUPPORT CAPITAL PUNISHMENT I ASK 'HOW CAN JUSTICE
BE MET? HOW CAN THIS PERSON WHO WAS MURDERED GET THEIR LIFE BACK?
IF KILLING A KILLER WOULD GIVE THE VICTIM THEIR LIFE BACK, I WOULD
SUPPORT CAPITAL PUNISHMENT AS A REAL AND INSANE EXCEPTION TO ALL
THAT IS SANE AND DECENT. IF KILLING IS SICK, SHOULD WE AS A SOCIETY
FLAUNT OUR SICKNESS TO OUR CITIZENS?

IN CONCLUSION I MUST QUOTE MY HERO, ROBERT G. INGERSOLL,
"CAPITAL PUNISHMENT BRUTALIZES THE HEART OF AMERICA." MY
GOAL IS TO HOPEFULLY HELP HUMANIZE AND/OR SENSITIZE THE HEART
OF AMERICA.


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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