January 8, 2008

We believe it at the NYT...So that makes it true.

I don't actually have a strong opinion on the death penalty itself.

But I despise utterly the thinking I encounter from "anti-death-penalty-activist" types. Of course I've only encountered some of them, there may be others I could respect. But from what I've seen, they are a scoundrelly and dishonest crowd.

This NYT editorial of yesterday is an example...

The Supreme Court hears arguments on Monday in a case about whether Kentucky’s use of a “cocktail” of injected poisons to carry out the death penalty is unconstitutional. We believe that the death penalty, no matter how it is administered, is unconstitutional and wrong. If a state does execute anyone, it must do so in a way that is humane and does not impose needless suffering. Kentucky’s method does not meet that standard...

First of all, this is flat-out dishonest, since there is no question that the death penalty is constitutional. As Matthew Hoy points out:

...Seriously, you’ve got to be a upper Manhattan liberal to read the constitution and come to the conclusion that the death penalty is unconstitutional. The Fifth Amendment clause “No person … shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law….” apparently doesn’t exist in the abridged version of the constitution found in the Times’ offices.....

But that isn't my biggest beef with these people. They write: "If a state does execute anyone, it must do so in a way that is humane and does not impose needless suffering." BUT, they are utterly indifferent to the suffering of the victims. Ice-heartedly indifferent. Did you ever notice how none of the candle-light vigil crowd ever mentions the names of the victims?

And I'm bothered even more by their utter indifference to the communities that are devastated by crime and drugs. How does the frustrated cop in gangland feel when Hollywood Leftists drool over Tookie? How do the neighbors of the victims feel? None of those self-satisfied suburban white people who go out for the candle-light vigil thingies gives a flying fuck about the poor and downtrodden. Unless they are murderers. The simple folk who are trying to get ahead and raise their children right get no support at all from the fake-Quakers and fake-Christians.

Posted by John Weidner at January 8, 2008 4:07 PM
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