I do not hide the fact that I am unalterably against the death penalty, arguing that, regardless of anyone’s philosophical beliefs, it simply doesn’t work.  Instead, it makes pawns of the victims, seldom gives them finality, and often requires them to relive the tragedy that occurred many years ago through retrials.  So now the present administration has announced – as the 2020 presidential election is getting into full swing – that it is reviving the federal death penalty.  “Hey I have an idea, let’s cater to our base in this election and get more votes by killing five people” is the message.  And, I hope every civilized person in our great country would agree, that is an obscenity!

                If the current president had originally campaigned upon implementing the death penalty and had won the election and had then proceeded to re-establish it, I would have disagreed but would not have argued that the action was political.  But that is not what has happened.  And even if the president was of that belief, why wait until the upcoming election season?  No, it is inescapable that this life and death issue is being used simply in an effort to attract votes.  Can you imagine anything more corruptive to the American name, and to what we stand for?  So, please, hold this administration accountable for this decision!  Take it upon yourself to write to the White House, every member of Congress you can come up with, as well as the media, and stop this wrongly-conceived policy in its tracks, at least until after the 2020 election.  We will not use death to garner votes – at least not on my watch!

Motto for the week:  “Never grow a wishbone where a backbone ought to be.”

Judge Jim Gray (Ret.)
2012 Libertarian candidate for Vice President, along with
Governor Gary Johnson as the candidate for President