Today before the Supreme Court arguments are being made about whether Kentucky’s lethal injection is too painful for the prisoners who are being put to death.
Are we really concerned about the safety or comfort of people we’re trying to kill? Or is this whole farce really about sanitizing the death penalty, making it "painless" not for the prisoners but for us, the people in whose name our our government executes felons? Attempts to make the death penalty painless is a whitewash of state-sanctioned murder and nothing more than wool being pulled over our eyes. Murder is murder – painful or not, state-approved or not.
If we’re going to be a nation that kills in the name of justice, I say we bring back the guillotine and place it in the public square. If we’re going to kill people, let’s do it out in the open and show the world what kind of people we truly are. We proudly display and flaunt our freedoms, our democracy, our scientific know-how, our economic and industrial strength . . . so why not our system of justice? After all, if this is what we believe in, we should be eager to show it off.