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Of course there are many good reasons for capital punishment, but the foremost is justice. A life-taker destroys not only the life of his victim, but nearly always ruins the lives of the family of his prey. Until justice is served society is undermined and diminished by the anarchy of evil. If one wishes not to call capital punishment murder, then call it justifiable homicide. If the elected government can’t bring itself to do the deed, let a survivor, relative, friend of the family, or even a “interested” third party who may have always wanted to kill, but could find no social sanction.
Actually, a more reasonable course of action would be to “use” the Dennis Raders of this world to further our understanding of science. Dennis Rader should be condemned to spend the rest of his life paying back society. There are many ways he could do this, but considering his enormous crimes, he should pay an enormous penalty. Mr. Rader should be literally and figuratively dissected to try and find out what created this kind of monster and how to prevent them from acting out. That would be true justice for the victims and society. I would bet that other potential murderers knowing that their crimes would result in an anonymous death on some unknown laboratory table would probably think twice about the 15 minutes of fame involved fulfilling their evil fantasies.p>It is most important to prevent the life and gruesome death of the victims from becoming simply a horror story that Mr. Rader can glorify himself in narrating, or allow him to be admired and caressed by celebrity style interviews until he is finally called to hell. br> — J. W. Libra br> Santa Fe, New Mexico /p> p> I was glad they televised this moron’s hearing. In short time Hollywood or a TV writer will have a script and someone like Robert Blake will play the part and make him sympathetic. Those of us who had a chance to see the real deal know he was delusional wimp who somehow thought these horrific acts made him something else. Also, ladies, do not open your doors to strangers. br> — Annette Cwik br> The Villages, Florida /p>
Your piece is pretty heady food for thought.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?