Friday, February 09, 2007
Barack Obama and the death penalty
But this post does cause a roll of the eyes. "(H)e is also pro-let's not execute the wrong guy"??? (sarcasm)Wow, how brave.(/sarcasm) It's not comprehensible how a guy who was the prez of the Harvard Law Review and who went through the Illinois experience and who worked the streets of the South Side of Chicago as a community organizer could possibly be pro-death penalty.
By the way, is Hillary's campaign busily trying to scare up a brain-damaged inmate to execute?
a similar article on another possible candidate, wes clark: http://www.talkleft.com/story/2003/11/24/425/03288
You don't have to share Street's radicalism to see the truth in what he's saying. His analysis speaks to liberals and progressive democrats. Liberals shouldn't be falling for Obama's (or Edwards or Clintons) charade.
I don't see the point of people being so hung over him.
I can't at this time come to a final decision on Obama. I was a supporter until I heard about the capital punishment stance. This is not the only factor to my decision. I feel that the belief of the president dosn't always persude the belief of the people. So, we could have a Obama presidency and still have a fighting chance at overturning the death penalty in good time. If we want it overturned then we must focus on education. I feel that Obama is still the best "viable" choice in helping our education system.
In my younger days, the death penalty was a deal breaker issue when I voted, even for president (Did not vote for Clinton or Gore). Now that I am older and wiser the death penalty is my # 1 deal breaker. The death penalty is immoral, classist and racist, and for these reasons I am NOT an Obama-Edwards-Clinton supporter
Lance Del Goebel
So we can't get everything all at once, are we going to refuse to support the most reasonable candidate on the issue?
I like so many others are pro an or would be pro death penalty, however, the idea that someone can be put to death and or has been put to the death over a crime they never committed is a moral compass jerker... No one wants to be responsible for putting someone to death and then finding out they were not the on responsible for the acts that were placed around their neck... Until and unless all avenues of making sure that the actual and factual person is paying for the crime they have been charged with have been exhausted... no one should be put to death... but it doesn't mean that a person like me can't be pro death penalty because after all, I am...
They are already, now, so emotionally attached to him that they will turn the thinking part of their brain off to deny the reality that he is so fundamentally unjust on this issue.
I'm opposed to the death penalty in all circumstances.
When did politics become all-or-nothing? Politics is ALL about compromise, negotiations, timing, blending leadership with representation.
So is John McCain and 90% of the politicians in Washington. Of those running for the Democratic or GOP nomination, only Dennis Kucinich and Mike Gravel were opposed to the death penalty.
To his credit, Senator Obama has at least mentioned the Illinois experience with innocent men on death row in his speeches. That is more than most politicians are willing to do.
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