Thursday, February 22, 2007

The Death Penalty

In the February 19 issue of America Magazine, page 5 includes an article on the death penalty. While I know the Catholic Church is adamantly opposed to the death penalty, in some cases a political state, or rather, a society of humanity has the need to defend itself from those who would want or choose to destroy that society.

On the other hand the death penalty ends a human life. Whether or not human life is sacred (it is), this ends the potential time that a person may "correct" their behavior; most prisons are under the codename "Department of Corrections". And if the person is guilty, as I'm sure the vast majority are, then I have a hard time thinking of a better penalty than letting the prisoner sit in prison and "think" about why they are there, what they have done, and to come to the resolution that they can't get out, get free, and perform a second crime.

I'd much rather have the prisoner come to the resolution that they are a bad person and that they are dangerous to society rather than just kill them. Yes, it is cheaper and faster, but its not having the Department of Corrections try to correct the individual.


Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Political news

Hillary Clinton is taking a fairly moderate and a potentially risky adventure of not saying that she was sorry for her Iraq vote. I think that its well worth-while though - and although Hillary is number three out three potential candidates to vote for President, last week I had just two potential candidates.

Its a fairly classic Moderate versus Liberal stand. The last one that was seen was Liebermann versus Lamont - where Liebermann lost the primary but won the final election. Then again, New England and the entire North Atlantic is known for being decidedly Liberal. She's willing to bet that there are more moderate and conservative democrats throughout the rest of the nation.

Jack Murtha has also proposed that no Guardsman or Reservist is sent to Iraq for more than a year, that no Guardman or Reservist serves longer than one year, and that every Guardsman and Reservist is properly trained. I agree, I applaud, and I'm well happy with that resolution. Its a nice common sense approach to the "over-extended army" problem. Unfortunately neither the Congress nor the President have been well known for having common sense.