>> February 28, 2009
I would like to start a new discussion-type category on my blog, where I talk about what I think... and then you tell me what you think. Heh. For this to work, obviously
my readers YOU would have to really reply and tell me what you think. So let's give it a try..
As I was doing homework for my POLI SCI class last night I had to contemplate the following question:
Is the death penalty a cruel and unusual punishment?This was my answer:
I hate this question!Sooo.. What do you think? WHAT'S YOUR OPINION?
I am never sure on my answer, so I'm going to just explain why I go back and forth on the issue. My initial answer is yes, it is cruel and unusual, and to me in my personal ethics I don't think it is our right to choose who lives, and who dies.
BUT at the same time, then I actually hear about certain crimes. Crimes that should be punishable by death.. because they are so heinous. Especially crimes against children. Or against masses and masses of people.. or crimes that are fully planned, and yeah. I don't know! Then I would say no, it's not that cruel and unusual, because they were cruel and unusual initially.
My last thought is that it is so expensive to keep these people that committed these awful crimes in prison. It drains the countries assets, and for what? So they can have good food and go to school for free? While I slave away at crappy retail jobs to pay for my higher education?
Yeah. It is a toss up for me.