Thursday, May 04, 2006

Don't Tread on Me.....

I believe in the death penalty. I do not believe that it should be a blanket penalty however; I feel that it should be handled on a case by case basis. It should be reserved for the most heinest of crimes, and the most despicable of people who truly can not be rehabilitated. I do believe there is a difference between an addict, strung out on drugs who kills someone - and the Jeffrey Dahmers of the world. The crime is no less violent - the victim no less important. I just do have the hopes that people can change given certain circumstances. People like Jeffrey Dahmer, John Wayne Gacy, Ted Bundy, and many others - do not. There are a number of cases that I can site where I believe the death penalty should've been exercised here in Massachusetts alone, let alone nationwide.

But what infuriates me, is that a jury of Americans - people supposedly representative of being my peers - could have the opportunity to exercise the death penalty on Zacarias Moussaoui and opt not to.
I understand the "forgiveness" aspect in opposition to the death penalty. I understand that while he's considered the "20th hijacker" - he didn't actually get on a plane and go - so he's truly only an "accessory to" the crimes. However, he has a fundamental and flagrant disrespect and disgust for our country and all that we stand for....all that we are. I don't care if he was abused by his father as a child and manipulated by Al'Queda. I have no sympathy, no compassion for him. There are far better people in this world than he, who have been treated far worse - and they do not revel in the grisly demise of innocent people. And I'm sorry - is he not an "illegal alien" - therefore he shouldn't be allowed the benefits of protection by our laws? I can understand trying him here, as he committed a crime here - and I can understand not deporting him; why send him back out to do more harm.

But why should we allow him to stay here, alive?
Why give him life in prison? So we can control him? We can't control him or his communications any more on the inside than we can on the "outside". There are always communications between gangs, mobsters and other walks of life from within the confines of a prison. So tell me, what would be the point.

Let's say for arguements sake, he's kept in solitary confinement, which I would be very surprised to see happen - there's still communication with the outside world. They're still allowed letters. And people like him are patient. They lie in wait....the letters may seem benign but I assure you they would regurgitate the disdain and contempt for the very country and the likes of who kept him alive. He is not protected by my first amendment right.

Why should my tax money pay to support the likes of him in a federal prison? Why should he be afforded the comforts of "three hots and a cot" on my back? Why should he be allowed to be in a prison to live out his days protected by the very Constitution on which he spits upon....

Upon leaving the courtroom yesterday, Moussaoui said, "America, you lose. I win."

And you know what? I think he may very well be right.

9 comments:

martie said...

He is RIGHT! To have the country that he despises, protect him and feed him until his death is absurd as I see it. And the American people have to financially support him.....another illegal alien!! Wake up and smell the coffee, America!

chesneygirl said...

You are so right, Rebecca and I couldn't have said it better myself!

My very first thought when I heard they chose not to give him the death penalty was "why yes, lets let our tax dollars, including those taxes of the family members of those that died in his horrific scheme, pay to support him for the next 20 years...that makes perfect sense"

I was appalled!!! I just don't get it...I just don't!!

Dr. Cissa Fireheart said...

I heartily agree with you Rebecca. I think those Jurors must have been high or something. He needs to die.

clew said...

You SO said this better than I did. I'm just too mad I guess. I'm going to direct everyone here. ;)

clew said...

(Later) I totally rewrote my post today because it was making me nuts just talking about it. LOL!!! Still directed everyone to you in the comments though. ;)

Great minds think alike as usual, eh sistah?

XOXOXO

Shayna said...

Rebecca,

How about this theory. Death initially, would have been my sentence of choice, but then I thought about it a bit. We are so humane when putting death row inmates to death. Lethal injection and you fall asleep. Big deal! How long do you think he will actually make it in the prison system, before something happens? Knowing the type of facility he is going to and who his "Roomies" are going to be and their loathing for certain crimes that are committed.....I would say not long at all. As each day passes before his demise, he will be watching his butt and the rest of his anatomy 24/7. I still believe that in the end.....this dog will have his day and suffer during the process!

bigwhitehat said...

This should have been a Dallas jury. We employ the death penalty down here. He may talk a good game about this martyr stuff, but he would cry his eyes out at the sight of old drippy.

McSwain said...

I don't think he won by any means. I do believe in the death penalty, but if he'd gotten it, he'd have years of appeals and lots of press ahead of him. This way he rots silently, with nothing but concrete walls to listen to his terrorist rants. Death would have been good, but this is okay.

gunngirl said...

I believe that what somone does to someone else should be done to them, but we don't live in that kind of world. I read about some of the tortures Sadaam and his sons did to people, it makes my stomach hurt.

I'd like to dole out that kind of pain to them over a looong period of time.

I'm for the death penalty too, but I think living long and suffering violently should be the order of the day.