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View Diary: Rick Perry had an innocent man executed, and should be made to answer (286 comments)

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  •  The problem with the death penalty (1+ / 0-)
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    is that it's fundamentally unjust because it is selective. If the penalty for a Murder 1 conviction was always death under all circumstances, you might argue that it was fair, since fair = consistent and commensurate with the severity of the crime. That fact that a relative handful of murderers are put to death is ipso facto evidence of its injustice. In other words, the death penalty is obviously unusual and cruel because it is capriciously applied. Thus, unconstitutional. You'd think the originalists on the Supreme Court would get that. In 27 years in this country, I have never ceased to be amazed at how cruel and vindictive Americans be, even while they proclaim their virtuous nature to the world.

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