I suspect a great here at RedState will disagree, but I don’t care. All I want are for folks to listen to my points of argument. Like I said before, my libertarian journey took me a number of months to get (probably 8 or 9 to be exact). Though even after that there were issues of which I didn’t have much of a true opinion on or just didn’t focus on a whole lot. Though I got interested in the death penalty issue when I came across a fairly new group called Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty or CCADP.
Now before everybody starts throwing accusations around that it’s just another liberal/progressive group masquerading as conservative, I suggest you visit their site and look at their about page where it lists conservatives/libertarians as opposed to the death penalty. Some of the people listed are no surprise like former Rep. Ron Paul, Sen. Rand Paul, Julie Borowski, Austin Peterson to name a few. Though there were a number who I was shocked to find are opposed or at least skeptical of the death penalty. If I listed would fill out several paragraphs worth so I suggest you check it out yourself.
The website talks about cost and the very lengthy process it takes to carry out an execution. Sometimes when the death penalty is pursued it’s not imposed. Then there’s the morality question of is it morally sound to take a person’s life? Should we trust the same government that can’t run a flipping website (let alone a major sector of the economy) to execute a human being even if that person is guilty? Now proponents say it’s a deterrent in crime, but that doesn’t stand against statistics. According to deathpenaltyinfo.org, the murder rate in death penalty states versus non-death penalty has been consistently higher since the early 90s.
I think something else that has affected me on death penalty is my overall pro-life philosophy. People when they think pro-life they often think of abortion, but it should be consistently applied to other situations as well. Now as someone who’s doesn’t anyone who was killed, I can’t imagine what it’s like to lose a loved one that way (and hope I never have too). My heart and prayers goes out to those who did. But at the same time the state shouldn’t be given this kind of power to kill someone aside from war and other violent situations. A human life is a human life in the end regardless of guilt or innocence.
Like I said I’m not demanding anybody agree (Gallup’s most recent tracking puts support at 60% which is down from a high of 80 in 1994), I’m just asking tough questions of which should get people skeptical. I recently watched an episode of Penn & Teller: Bull$hit! on YouTube talking about the death penalty which I highly recommend you check out as well. I encourage some skepticism if nothing more. Thanks for listening. (note I can’t post comments)
Update: As I’m writing this there’s been 27 comments posted which is more than what I would’ve expected since my last few diaries have received little/no comments. But some of the comments are somewhat interesting since they drew religious parallels from Biblical scripture whether it’s for/against the death penalty. To clear up, I wasn’t necessarily trying to draw the Bible into this conversation. I was only making a practical argument for opposing the death penalty. Though I very much welcome both sides drawing this perspective into this debate. From what I can get at, seems like the overall feeling in the comments is very mixed. Some comments fully agree, some completely disagree and then some are in the middle or somewhat skeptical. I think it’s unique to bring the abortion argument into perspective so as to get some tough thinking out there. If you agree terrific. If not fine enough. I just want you to listen and I want to listen as well.