RANT: On the “death penalty”

http://m.spokesman.com/blogs/boise/2012/jun/12/reinke-not-normal-day/

Reinke: ‘This is not a normal day’ – Eye On Boise – Spokesman …

Reinke: ‘This is not a normal day’
Posted by Betsy
June 12, 2012 8:10 a.m. – Updated: 8:11 a.m.

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“We’re here today to carry out the court order,” Idaho state Corrections Director Brent Reinke announced to the press this morning at an early-morning briefing, …

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Nuremberg is a city in the German state of Bavaria, in the administrative region of Middle Franconia. Situated on the Pegnitz river and the Rhine–Main–Danube.

The Nuremberg defense: “I was just following orders.”

Didn’t work for the Nazis!

I follow the news about all my “kinsmen”. While not the most uncommon name in the world, I don’t know ANY other related “reinke’s”. And, only a few unrelated Jaspers who share the name. (I try not to embarrass them for the purposes of a Google search.)

This saddens me.

Where does the State ever get right to kill its “citizens” in cold blood? One libertarian philosopher I read once made the case that in RARE  instances, it might be justifiable, if the human represented a “clear and present” danger to society (i.e., a Doctor Hannibal Lecture that was too dangerous to confine). But that would be an extreme rarity. 

I’m hard pressed to find this comparable to that.

IF faced with such a “duty”, I’d have to resign.

Makes me think of Saint Thomas Moore.

“And when we die, and you are sent to heaven for doing your conscience, and I am sent to hell for not doing mine, will you come with me, for fellowship?” Paul Scofield as Thomas More in “A Man for All Seasons” (1966)

So would you, could you kill a fellow human being, no matter how flawed. If the Eastern philosophers are correct, we are all but “fingers” on the same “hand”.

Would you cut off one of your fingers without a very very very good reason?

And the death penalty is as final as we can get. No eraser can make it right.

Nope, sorry, this is “wrong” by any standard I can find.

And, if an individual doesn’t have the right to do it, then creating a mob or a Gooferment doesn’t change the calculus.

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