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A few weeks ago, the White House announced a program called "We The People," in which people could create petitions, gather 5000 or more signatures, and have them considered by the Obama administration. At the time, I posted a diary about it and signed up on the whiteouse.gov site for notification of it's launch. Yesterday, I got an email with a link to sign up and create a petition.

In light of the sick feeling I still have over the killing of Troy Davis, I decided to create a petition to abolish the death penalty. I don't know if this "We The People" campaign will take off in any meaningful way. But if the administration says it's willing to consider petitions, it certainly can't hurt to create one and ask people to sign it. So...

It's far from perfect -- I'm not an accomplished writer, it's early in the morning and I'm tired -- but it says enough to get the point across. Would you please consider signing my petition to the Obama administration urging it to abolish the death penalty?

http://wh.gov/...

We petition the Obama administration to:
Abolish the death penalty.

Our criminal justice system is not perfect. Prosecutors, attorneys, defendants, judges and juries make mistakes. Since 1973, there have been 138 cases of prisoners who were exonerated and freed from death row. It stands to reason that there are other innocent people currently on death row awaiting execution.

Regardless of whether capital punishment is right or wrong, it is often applied unfairly, it cannot be applied with 100% accuracy and it is an irreversible sentence. The risk of killing an innocent person is far too great to risk employing capital punishment at all.

We urge you to abolish the death penalty. You should do it right away.


It needs 150 signatures to be searchable on whitehouse.gov, and 5000 or more to be considered by the administration.

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Comment Preferences

  •  I agree with the death penalty, (0+ / 0-)

    I think it takes the state (generally speaking) too long to execute people, but I don't believe in executing someone without due process. I believe that due process includes a fair trial with lots of direct evidence of the crime, DNA evidence and or direct eye witnesses.

    However my immediate reaction to this case was that the handling of Anthony Davis' trial, appeal and execution was a fucking farce. Everyone involved in executing Davis should be brought up on murder charges.

    Perhaps one day they will.

    •  Right or wrong, it's impossible to be certain, so (2+ / 0-)
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      allergywoman, Lujane

      caution must prevail.

      There are likely many Troy Davises and Cameron Todd Willinghams out there who don't have any way to prove their innocence. It's tragic enough to incarcerate an innocent person, but to kill an innocent person is inexcusable.

      Most people who are pro-death penalty are against the accidental killing (or framed conviction) of innocent people. Because there have been so many cases in which people have been exonerated after having been sentenced to death and spending years on death row, we simply can't risk executing anybody, no matter how sure we feel we are of his or her guilt.

      Do witnesses lie on the stand in order to get innocent people convicted? Are we not able to keep people in prison for the rest of their lives? What danger does someone who is locked up pose to society?

      Think about the Davis case. How much of an anomaly do you think it is? Could there be 2 more Troy Davises? 5? 10? 100?

      How many more Cameron Todd Willinghams will we kill despite knowing they are innocent? 2? 5? 10? 100? More?

      The more one ponders it, the more clear it becomes that we should abolish the death penalty. We should do it right away.

      •  I have signed your Petition (3+ / 0-)
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        joeschmeaux, worldlotus, Lujane

        I hope others will also do so.

        I am not against the death penalty. However, I realize that laws are enforced by humans and humans make mistakes all the time. I somewhat remember from my school days that: "It is better to free a thousand guilty persons than punish one innocent one."

        Hey dumb dumbs, if tax cuts created jobs, we would have so many jobs that we would glady let the illegals come in.

        by hkorens on Fri Sep 23, 2011 at 06:30:40 AM PDT

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  •  Rec'd and attempting to sign (4+ / 0-)

    Either the Whitehouse or my computer is having trouble getting me there. I'll keep trying.
    It's wrong to kill people who kill people to show that killing people is wrong.

    I want to go back to believing in everything and knowing nothing at all.

    by Audri on Fri Sep 23, 2011 at 07:31:07 AM PDT

  •  Signed. (4+ / 0-)

    Giving our government the power to kill us is just crazy.

    Power isn't something you are given. Power is something you TAKE.

    by lonelyutahdem15 on Fri Sep 23, 2011 at 07:46:12 AM PDT

  •  trust your government (1+ / 0-)
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    Lujane

    odd that the people who make the most political hay out of distrusting the government tend to be the ones most eager to hand it the power to kill them.

  •  Petition link doesn't work. (0+ / 0-)

    If it did, I'd be glad to sign it, but after two attempts and five minutes each of nothing coming up, I'd check your link if I were you.

    "This is about the human heart, and if that sounds corny, so be it." -- Keith Olbermann

    by allergywoman on Fri Sep 23, 2011 at 10:02:38 AM PDT

  •  Signed petition, joeschmeaux. I am concerned that (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Lujane

    your diary & others with petitions will be overlooked.  Do you think you should start a We The People petition group to offset this???

    That way, others could add their diaries to the group & hopefully be sticky so that more can easily participate.

    Just a thought.

  •  we the people petition (0+ / 0-)

    I want to sign the petition but am unable to create an account which would enable me to do so...the form is incomplete...it ends at where you type in the words/phrases to prove you're a human rather than a 'bot...there is no submit button!!! Several emails requesting help have gone unanswered...is anyone else having this problem?

    •  Perhaps you could try a different browser. (0+ / 0-)

      Firefox cut off some of the captcha box, but Safari worked just fine. The We The People site is quite buggy and slow. I imagine they'll be fixing the bugs over the next week. Pleas keep trying! Thanks for persevering!

  •  Done! (0+ / 0-)

    Science is hell bent on consensus. Dr. Michael Crichton said “Let’s be clear: The work of science has nothing to do with consensus... which is the business of politics. Science, on the contrary, requires only one investigator who happens to be right,”

    by Regina in a Sears Kit House on Tue Sep 27, 2011 at 04:14:27 PM PDT

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