So, I’ve had some people ask how I feel about Pres. Trump’s proposal to implement the death penalty for convicted drug dealers. I have put a great deal of thought into this. I knew that when I started this blog, I absolutely would want to discuss the current prevalence of drugs in the world today, along with the ensuing political issues. I specifically did not want there to be a disconnect between my thoughts of drug use and addiction, and then politics. One of my biggest interests has always been politics. The overly-slanted, chilling bureaucratic sway to the legislative process in our country these days is almost nauseating. And political correctness will actually force me to vomit (most likely in a projectile fashion, too).
This blog is not going to be a place where I condone the actions of certain politicians, or express specific political views. Partisanship, I think, would really taint this blog, and its mission. However, if some sort of event or issue comes up in the news that is related to the nation’s current problem with opioid/opiate addiction, I absolutely feel inclined to discuss it.
Personally speaking, I would have to disagree with the president’s proposal to enact the death penalty for convicted drug dealers. To be honest, I think I feel this way mostly because I’ve recently decided, literally after years of quiet reflection, that I just don’t go for the death penalty no matter what the conviction is. Maybe it’s the Catholic in me. I actually watch a ton of true crime stuff on TV, and I read loads of books about various murder cases. That stuff tests my fear and I actually love it. But I digress. My point is that I have seen some really gruesome, totally evil offenses. I just do not feel the death penalty is the answer, ever. First of all, many states have outlawed the death penalty. Moreover, if one does get sentenced to death, it is not uncommon for the process to be drawn out, and often times the prisoner will die at God’s hands as opposed to the respective state’s.
Really though, the death penalty, in my opinion, is too soft and gentle. Ultimately, they’re usually put to death via lethal injection. It’s a fact that that is a peaceful process. Typically, the person has plenty of time to reflect and repent if necessary. I highly doubt that recognized killers allow for their victims to reflect before the execution is, well, executed. Mercy isn’t even a thought. So, why should people on death row be shown ANY mercy at all? Furthermore, I do believe that “living” life in solitary confinement seems to be probably the worst type of living condition ever realized. No sane person would ever say that he doesn’t mind being locked in a 4×4 cell all day with no visitors or plausible entertainment. I’ve heard some people say that they generally don’t agree with the death penalty, and that it should only apply in the most severe, egregious cases. I used to think that way, but the law is black and white. This mode of thinking holds no water in my opinion; having that mindset, to me, denotes that the person is ultimately executed as a form of retribution. However, justice, in this country, is delivered via due process—not emotion.
So, at the end of the day, it’s not that I don’t support the death penalty for convicted dealers, it truly is that I just don’t support capital punishment at all.
Thanks for reading, as usual;