I realise that long responses to the Kleinheider are generally the province of Feline Little Britches, but I couldn’t pass this one up. (My apologies, fair Auntie.)
Deep in the heart of his reflection on the execution of Sedley Alley (A man who beat, stabbed and repeatedly sexually assaulted a 19 year old servicewoman), Adam ribs us with this little nugget:
I am a bit ambivalent on the death penalty. While I have no problem morally wilth a man dying for spilling blood, I do have a problem with giving the State the power over the life and death of its citizens.
Back to the whole my-mom-was-a-teacher thing from earlier……Her pet peeve was when students would say “Mrs. B failed me in English.” Unfailingly, for forty years her reply was always “you got the grade you earned.”
American citizens have their own power of life and death. Don’t commit a capital crime. If you do commit a capital crime, offer a defense when tried by the jury of your peers. And when going through the many-tiered mandatory appeals process.
The state of Tennessee has no power over the life and death of me or (hopefully) you, because we are not walking into a restaurant and shooting the kids who are there to earn money for their car insurance and college educations. You and I are not going to shove a stick so far up a woman’s vagina that it pierces her liver. These actions represent a choices made by free citizens. The death penalty is merely the State’s response to those wrong choices.