No man is an iland, intire of it selfe; every man is a peece of the continent, a part of the maine; if a Clod bee washed away by the Sea, Europe is the lesse, as well as if a Promontorie were, as well as if a Mannor of thy friends or of thine owne were; any mans death diminishes me, because I anm involved in Mankinde; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee. ~John Donne

My feelings about the death penalty are poetically expressed by John Donne. This is my sense of humanity, & my morals.

My position is equally supported by logic & credible information.
Copious arguments for it, (false premises), can be abrogated one by one.

The death penalty is murder by the State. It is premeditated murder by law. The "Justice System" is a misnomer from the start. Lack of representation, (due to lack of finances, as well as racial & other bias), has been the cause of the deaths of innocent men, as well as some who were imprisoned, & discovered to be innocent through DNA after the majority of their lives had been irrevocably lost.

It has never been a deterrent. If one considers the state of mind of 'impulsive' killing, i.e., passion, greed, reactive, much less the plotting psychopathic mind, it would be ludicrous to believe the first thought is: "Oh dearie me! I'd better not! If I get caught I'll get the DP!" The first, & very only thought is to kill.

When we oppose this legal premeditated murder, there are no exceptions. It has been said there must be some crimes so heinous that killing the person is justified. This would require definition. We know that definitions vary. The degree of the crime determined by whom? Thus, this would be subjective. While it may be difficult for some, putting aside personal feelings is possible; this would be objective. In my opinion, subjectivity is not the appropriate basis for legal decision making. It's essential to be objective in so crucial an issue as our moral responsibility regarding the death penalty, & what it does to our national consciousness.

I think about the countries who do not have the death penalty. The U.S. seems, like individuals, to have a 'personality.' It tends towards violence as 'solutions.'

A prominent defense attorney agreed with me on a basic analogy: I have what I consider valid reason to believe my son fatally crushed my daughters' head. By subjective principle, I will therefore crush his head to 'show' him, & to deter such action in others that it is wrong. Illogical & ineffective.

Our 'Justice' system needs substantial restructuring. I doubt this will happen. Truth be told, the U.S. is pro-death, pro-violence, & lack of wisdom abounds.

Perhaps the greatest motivation in individuals who are pro-death is vengeance, which has nothing to do with justice.

Returning to picnics in the town square for a hanging would even better serve the blood lust. Stoning might be an option, too. Intrigued by the bizarre, how about drawing & quartering?

"A death sentence is no favour to anyone. It is an affront to a civilized society. One person who is unjustly executed is one person too many. No just execution can exclude the possibility of such miscarriage of justice, as we believe the conviction of all we execute & testify to the horror of the crimes which are the rational base of such executions. There are more expedient, economical, & reparative punishments...those who cannot see beyond a quick solution based on the narrow views of justice & revenge..." ~Father Al

This last quote surpasses anything I've said. My dear & much loved friend, Father Al, who recently passed. After/if anyone makes comments, I'd also like to include three (Multiply) comments from my very good friend George who also passed last year.