The Death Penalty
My position on the death penalty is simple: I’m against it.
Although the lyrics of this song have nothing to do with abolition of the death penalty specifically, no one expresses my feelings like the Ramones:
I often read arguments for abolition which point out the disproportionate racial balance of death row inmates, or the fact that some innocent ones actually have been executed and later exonerated by DNA analysis. Abolitionists love to point out that some of these guys are mentally retarded or mentally ill or both. For me all these things are beside the point, the point being that killing is wrong, period. And that includes state sanctioned killing.
All this came to mind when I read this fascinating article in the LA Times.