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"And I come back to you now, at the turn of the tide"

Monday, December 12, 2005

"My only regret with Stanley 'Tookie' Williams is that he didn't go to the Southern Poverty Law Center"

Look, not to be a flower-eyed librul idealist about this, and not to come off as naive in the eyes of older, wiser, colder people and those frenzied about by the likes of Nancy Grace and her guilty-until-proven-guilty ilk, but I'm sick and tired of people who express opposition to the death penalty offering a threshold for when the death penalty would be justified, in spite of their personal, general view. To me, capital punishment is just like torture: either it's okay, or it's not. It's not contingent on the person and their crimes or their interrogative value, it's contingent on our action.

And we wonder why general, hypothetical opposition to the death penalty among a large segment of the population doesn't result in the waning of the practice.


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