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Sunday, April 5, 2015

Congratulations, Missouri! You kill me!

Check out these statistics on "corporal punishment"--the oh-so-polite word for state-sanctioned murder, execution of the convicted:

America Ranks in the Top 5 Globally—for Putting Its Citizens to Death

That one, that statistic, by itself, is bad enough, sure.That's awful.

Look at the company we're with, for pity's sake---only China, Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia executed more.

This is the company we want to keep? These are the people we want to share this with? This is the kind of people we want to be? This is what we want to be known for?

I mean, I knew we incarcerated more people than any other nation in the world, sure:

And that, by itself, is horrific enough but I didn't know we were also in the top 5 for killing our own citizens. 

And I figure you know China has to be in there by sheer numbers, the size of its population but all the rest of the nations in the top 5, including and especially us? That's just wrong. 

Then, to take it one step further, check this out, Missouri and fellow Missourians, from this article--

The overwhelming majority of those executions—nearly 90 percent—took place in four states: Texas, Missouri, Florida and Oklahoma.
And not to be outdone, it seems Utah may want to get into the top 5 states that execute, with their latest move, too. Seems lethal injection just wasn't effective, dependable--or barbaric?--enough for them:

Utah Senate OKs execution by firing squads

So kudos, America and congratulations to you, Missouri. Hats off to you, state sanctioned killers that you are.

When you put all this together with the fact that we grossly outspend all other nations on the planet, in the world, in and on defense spending, it's pretty eye-opening.

It seems clear, with all this information and all these statistics, America is fully wrapped up in the death and killing business.

And here you thought we were a "peace-loving people."

1 comment:

Sevesteen said...

We have the largest prison population, largely because of drug arrests. Somehow prison is less harmful than even heroin?

If an adult is taking whatever drugs privately without endangering others it shouldn't be up to the government to enforce the morals of busybodies. If you aren't willing to legalize drugs and other victimless crimes, you've got no moral right to complain about high prison populations. There is no way that using even heroin is worse than prison--and even if it is, one is a voluntary choice, the other is forced.

And just so there is no confusion, we do have way too many people in prison, and I don't want to do drugs myself.

The reason Utah is authorizing a return to firing squads is that the typical drugs used in lethal injection are made in Europe who refuses to allow them to be sold for executions. I'm in general against the death penalty, with the exception of someone already serving an effective life sentence who commits another serious violent felony.