I'm tired of hearing about "pro-life" democrats or "tough on crime" democrats who don't actually do anything to advance their supposed beliefs. I understand in some cases they take whatever position will get them elected and so in fact they really aren't interested in the issue or might really believe the traditional left wing positons. But the fact is some of them must really believe it.
For those who are "pro death penalty" democrats; this Supreme Court ruling should rile you up and get you to thinking not only about the role of the courts, but also how we as a nation can better deal with some of the heinous crimes in our nation.
Cspan has video of the Supreme Court arguments in Kennedy v Louisiana
I think it is clear that the threat of the death penalty can deter murders and heinous crimes in some people. I believe if we extend that threat to other crimes we can improve our society.
The problems with the impositon of the death penalty today are:
1. the economic and racial injustice in the system makes the use of the penalty unfair and wrong today. It's clear to me, innocent people have been sentenced and most likely executed. That is unacceptable.
...but even when we verify the identity and guilt:
2. there are too many delays and appeals between the sentence and the actual execution. This limits the effectiveness of the procedure.
3. It is too selectively applied, as "regular murders" aren't generally available.
For these reasons, I am currently against the death penalty. We need to strengthen our laws and fight crime tougher. If we totally revamp our system, the death penalty can be a valuable tool in making life better and even possible for some innocent people.