Thoughts On The Government Murder Euphemistically Called Execution

 

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Executions kill the prisoner but cannot resurrect the victim.

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They only continue the cycle of violence.

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Numerous studies indicate a death penalty does not deter killing.

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A prisoner on death row has often acted in hot passion, perhaps under the spell of alcohol or toxic antidepressant drugs. But an execution judge murders with cold premeditation.

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What is a death qualified jury? An unconstitutionally constituted jury from which prosecutors exclude any compassionate abolitionists.

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In excluding abolitionists, prosecutors and judges deny the right of a defendant to a jury of his or her peers.
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The state cannot give life but demands the right to take it. -Frederick C Davis & Harry O Hoyt

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Why are African American jurors excluded by many prosecutors? Because they are more merciful.

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Judge no one, we are told. Only God is omniscient. No one else has all the data.

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Execution judges have their gavels and pens as murder weapons

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Like ancient Caesars they turn thumbs down on pleas for mercy.'

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As most who eat meat delegate the murder of the animal to a slaughterhouse worker, so most judges prosecutors and parole boards delegate the murder of a prisoner.

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Prosecutors have often put their careers ahead of ethics and have often executed innocent men and women.

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Now in the US for the first time those who oppose the death penalty are 60% of the population.

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Prosecutorial lynching included the use of jailhouse snitches, a term for cellmates or jailmates who will lie in order to receive favors such as early release from prison.

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War which is a death penalty sentence for millions desentizes to execution and vice versa

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Some state supreme courts have are composed entirely of whites. At least one parole board has been all white males, many employed by the privatized prison system.

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The current 6 Republican justices on SCOTUS define themselves as 'prolife'. They are in favor of fetal rights but not of the right to life of prisoners, victims of illegal wars, animals in slaughterhouses.

Supreme Court justices at present are unelected. They serve for life. These unelected persons can quash the will of the vast majority, hundreds of millions of sovereign individuals

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Executions cost a state millions of dollars. Former governor Robert Taft of Ohio, great grandson of President Taft, is one of many Republicans who have changed their minds because of factors such as the execution of innocents and the expense.

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Fewer will be guilty of contempt of the present Supreme Court when executions and ratification of torture cease, when money is no longer classified as speech, when wars are not rubber stamped.

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Agatha Christie: Judges murder within the law.

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Sister Helen Prejean: No one is the worst moment in his life.

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Elizabeth George: (the loved ones) of a murder victim like to project guilt onto someone else. Those who work to execute the killers of their loved ones are choosing the dead over their living loved ones. They keep rubbing the sore (of the crime) rather than engaging in healing.

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American Bar Association: Executions are racially and economically biased (the poor and not the rich who kill are executed).  The ABA found many to be incompetent in preserving DNA evidence while a death row inmate remains behind bars. There hasn't been police interrogations recorded and no state has met ABA standards inproviding counsel for indigent prisoners.

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A black man on death row is 3.8 times more likely than a white man to be executed.

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P G Wodehouse when responding to someone who used racist speech:
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Saint of Shirdi: Bullets do not eliminate darkness.
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Amnesty Internation:  UN opposition to death penalty grows.https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2020/12/un-opposition-to-the-death-penalty-continues-to-grow/

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As only 5 states, Alabama, Georgia, Missouri, Tennessee and Texas, all with Republican governors, only 10% of US states, executed prisoners in 2020. There were 13 federal executions, almost double the 4 in TX, and 1 each in the other 4 states. Internationally, only 20 of 195 countries murdered prisoners in 2020. It is time to elect 1 justice every 1 or 2 years . The US instituted direct election of US senators a century ago. It has long been time for direct election of justices.

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Whether one is a believer, agnostic or atheist, in every faith and ethical system are those who oppose death chambers.


Some Christians support politicians and judges who kill prisoners.


Jesus stopped an execution in progress. "Let him without sin cast the first stone."


David was never executed, though in lust he deliberately sent the husband of the woman he desired

to the front lines.

Cain was not executed for killing Abel in jealousy.

Moses was not executed for killing the Egyptian in anger.

Paul was not executed for killing Christians in obedience to a violent government.


Governor Jesse Ventura said when he ended Minnesota executions, as others had said before him "Thou shalt not kill is not asterisked with

exceptions."

 

God is infinite mercy.

 

 

 

deathpenaltyinfo.org
amnesty.org
tcadp.org
aclu.org

otse.org

ccadp.org

innocenceproject.org


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(Since 2004, the FDA has required a warning on all antidepressants because of their correlation to
homicides and suicides)

 

 

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Cascade's picture

You have certainly put a lot

You have certainly put a lot of time and thought into your writing here, dear poet. I have mixed feelings about the death penalty. I respect your views AND your ability to express them with great detail. Bravo

patriciajj's picture

I'm always impressed by how

I'm always impressed by how well-researched your takedowns of our draconian society are, and how deftly you anticipate every rebuttal. Because of its blatant hypocrisy, ineffectiveness in deterring crime (It's been proven!),  and inconsistency with the free world's definition of a civilized society, (The US is the last democracy to cling to government-sanctioned murder) I was opposed to the death penalty back when something like 70% of the population was in favor of it. I'm pleased to discover through your commentary that 60% now oppose. 

 

I love the quote by Sai Baba Shirdi. I don't care what anyone's justification for killing is. That's the last word. End of story. 

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Patricia, You are always

Patricia, You are always positive, kind and brilliant. Thank you



 

 

Starward's picture

To Saiom and Allets:  in my

To Saiom and Allets:  in my opinion, the comment time-stamped 4:59 on 18 January 2021 is inappropriate, and should not have posted.  To tell someone what they probably believe, instead of framing a query about what they believe, is discourteous and disrespectful.  To say it with an pejorative implication is crude.  A comment like this pretends to the level of public discourse, but descends to the cesspool of spiteful inanity.  It does not belong on postpoems, but on some fringeboard somewhere/


Starward

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Response

Dear J, Whether one is a believer, agnostic or atheist in every faith and ethical system are those who oppose death chambers.


Some Christians support politicians and judges who kill prisoners.


Jesus stopped an execution in progress. "Let him without sin cast the first stone."


David was never executed, though in lust he deliberately sent the husband of the woman he desired

to the front lines.

Cain was not executed for killing Abel in jealousy.

Moses was not executed for killing the Egyptian in anger.

Paul was not executed for killing Christians in obedience to a violent government.


Governor Jesse Ventura said when he ended Minnesota executions, as others had said before him "Thou shalt not kill is not asterisked with

exceptions."

 

God is infinite mercy.



 

 

Starward's picture

Agreed.  I applaud your

Agreed.  I applaud your Biblical citations.


Starward

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saiom's picture

    Thank you J. I agree that

 

 

Thank you J.

I agree that it might have been better for me  to frame a query than to proclaim opinions.



 

 

Starward's picture

Apparently, my clumsy comment

Apparently, my clumsy comment has caused confusion.  My first comment was not meant to criticize, in any way, the presentation of your material.  My comment was directed toward a previous comment---not your poem---and, to that end, I included the time stamp and date of the comment I though inappropriate.  I sincerely apologize if I caused any confusion.  


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word_man's picture

a vicious circle created by

a vicious circle created by man and carried out by man,can you see hillary administering the death drug


ron parrish

saiom's picture

  I guess there are people

 

I guess there are people who are Democrats, Republicans, and Trump supporting Republicans who support executions. They are now 40% of the population according to polls which report that for the first time a majority of Americans oppose execution.

 

Thank you RP



 

 

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you`re welcome,was just

you`re welcome,was just thinking about a criminal like hillary pulling the plug on someone

 


ron parrish

allets's picture

I Think Everyone

Who set foot inside the capitol knowing the window they entered by or by the forced open door were traitors. They earned the death penalty. I was surprised that the majority of death row evil doers are male caucasian. 

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Onyamaichi

 

saiom's picture

  The racist implementation

 

The racist implementation of the death penalty has been the subject of thousands of articles. Thanks for reviewing the post, A.



 

 

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It is not for me to speak on

It is not for me to speak on behalf of Allets, as she is more than capable of speaking eloquently for herself.  But, with all due respect to her, I have not seen where she has said all of the Innkeeper's supporters should be executed.  And I would say to the person or persons who raise that assertion that she has:  please cite an exact statement and its location.  I think her comment was directed toward those of the Innkeeper's supporters who engaged in insurrection; who, in their lack of logic, common sense, and decent courtesy, thought they could break laws in order to "uphold" the law.  They are the same sort of thugs to whom, in the twenties, the Nazi and Fascist Parties directed their recruitment efforts.  I think that each of them that can be identified should be prosecuted, convicted, and punished without clemency to the fullest extent of the law, for their attack was not just on a building but upon civil servants and upon the ideals and ideas on which this Nation was founded.  I can hardly believe that they wanted to lynch the Innkeeper's right hand man simply because he believed that the will of the Electorate should trump (excuse the intentional pun) the Trumps' empowerment schemes.  Those who were calling for his execution should be charged with attempted murder and conspiracy (a favored word among the Innkeepers' followers) to commit murder. 

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As for healing the divisions caused, agitated, and promoted by the Innkeeper during this last four years of the lowest kind of comedy, we should follow the words of the Greatest American:  malice toward none, charity toward all.  He also said we should bind up the wounds of the nation--and that is as needful now as it was then.  The Electorate who boldly and bravely dismissed the Innkeeper must be led by Father Abraham's timeless wisdom.  The ardent lover of Anne Rutledge and of the Union's ideals should still be our guide as he continues to teach us from the hallowed realms of our History. 


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"It is not for me to speak on behalf of Allets"

but you did.    You just cannot help yourself.  I guess you just thought the poor African American woman was just too helpless to defend herself.  Both the death penalty and abortion disproprtionately affect African Americans.  But more importantly, if there is a God, life and death is his sole domain.  So, the capitol mob does not deserve execution unless God smites them from above.

Starward's picture

You are not qualified to tell

I think calling another poet helpless---your term, not mine---suggests far more about you than about me or anyone else.


Starward

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Starward's picture

Is your comment

Is your comment meant to be part of civil discourse, or to extend our thirteen months' dispute into another Poet's comment section?  This is all of a reply I will offer.


Starward

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Stephen's picture

Civil discourse:

If you will study the history of our founding fathers, (Yes white men) discourse was pretty much uncivil most of the time.  Mr. Trump and I follow that tradition.

Starward's picture

Once again, you play the

Just because discourse was uncivil between the founders, the Yes white men, and their opponents does not mean license for you here, or the Innkeeper in Florida (on the golf course, swinging at little balls with other Yes white men)  to continue it here.  The founders were not members of postpoems; and they were in an extreme situation that would not be duplicated here.  Appealing to behavior in an extreme situation and in a culture significantly different than ours is fallacious both on its face and in the lack of merit of its argument.


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Stephen's picture

I reiterate:

Stella can take care of herself without your help.

Starward's picture

If I in any way implied that

If I in any way implied that Allets needed any help from me, or that I was qualified to give it, I apologize.  


Starward

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Stephen's picture

You probably also believe in murdering the unborn in the womb.

Abortion: Killing the victim.

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  Dear Stephen, I have never

 

Dear Stephen,


I have never had an abortion nor have I ever advised anyone to have one. Many believe that it is between a woman and God... women who have many children and no income, women who have violent husbands, women who have a history of lethal placental abruptions or toxemia or other liferisking aspects of pregnancy etc. 


 

Whether one is a believer, agnostic or atheist in every faith and ethical system are those who oppose death chambers.


Some Christians support politicians and judges who kill prisoners.


Jesus stopped an execution in progress. "Let him without sin cast the first stone."


David was never executed, though in lust he deliberately sent the husband of the woman he desired

to the front lines.

Cain was not executed for killing Abel in jealousy.

Moses was not executed for killing the Egyptian in anger.

Paul was not executed for killing Christians in obedience to a violent government.


Governor Jesse Ventura said when he ended Minnesota executions, as others had said before him "Thou shalt not kill is not asterisked with

exceptions."

 

God is infinite mercy.



 

 

Stephen's picture

I was replying to Stella's comment and not to your post.

Stella appears to think it is ok to execute white Trump supporters like me. I agree with you on the death penalty that it should be banned completely.