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  •  That 60%~ (5+ / 0-)

    is the result of a LOT of hard work. If you click on the Gallup link attached to that stat, you will see that we only got to 60% after a long period of decline in support. We are at a low point right now.

    It's only reached this point, in my view, because of three types of situations. First, there's stuff like Illinois, where they suspended the death penalty after the governor learned that during one period, the state had executed 11 people and let 12 people off of death row. That's a batting average under .500. This is a very high profile and powerful way to show the failings of the system.

    Second, there are cases like that of Carla Faye Tucker, who was a highly sympathetic and high-profile death row inmate. She was killed in a highly calloused way - with GWB laughing during her clemency hearing - and she was a born-again Christian.

    Third, all of the reports of us killing people like Rick Ray Rector have changed public opinion. This is the guy who Clinton used politically. He had a VERY low IQ and was famous for not eating his pie with his meal every night. While on death row, he claimed he wanted to save it for the next morning. After his last meal, he neglected to eat his pie, presumably "leaving it for tomorrow." Many believe he couldn't comprehend that he was about to be killed. And some of us have a problem with killing a person who is so mentally retarded that he can't understand you when you say, "Tonight, you will die."

    "I believe that, as long as there is plenty, poverty is evil." ~Bobby Kennedy

    by Grizzard on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 08:24:59 AM PST

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