Details? Sure, I got a few. Our illustrious opinionated Governor Dan Malloy was quoted as telling the legislators, and I quote, "Vote with your hearts." Wait. What? I thought they were supposed to vote FOR THE PEOPLE, not with their hearts or emotions. What the Front Yard is going on?
CT folks have repeatedly and overwhelmingly polled to KEEP the death penalty. A few results:
According to Yale Daily News: A Quinnipiac University poll released last week revealed that Connecticut voters largely support capital punishment. According to the poll, 62 percent of Connecticut voters surveyed said abolishing the death penalty is a “bad idea.”
According to NorthBranfordPathch: Women want Connecticut to keep the death penalty by a margin of 58-33 percent, men support the death penalty by a margin of 66-29 percent. Democrats surveyed supported repealing the death penalty by a margin of 48-44 percent, while those who classified themselves as "liberals" supported its abolition by a margin of 48-45 percent. All other groups surveyed supported the death penalty.So, if 62% of a voting block want a law to remain in place, where does the legislators get the power to ignore that? Isn't that illegal of them? If not, isn't it at least over-the-cliff unethical?
A cofusing argument, to me, is:
Sen. Edith Prague, D-Columbia, who opposed the bill last year following the home invasion case's death penalty phase, voted to support the repeal in the Senate. "I cannot stand the thought of being responsible for somebody being falsely accused and facing the death penalty," she said. "For me, this is a moral issue and realizing that mistakes are obviously made."So, let me get this straight. Our leaders are no afraid to make decisions because they might be wrong? Wow. If I lived my life that way, I'd still be clinging onto my mother's breasts. If you knew my mother, that is an utterly unappealing prospect, believe me. Let's be grown-up here. Yes, mistakes happen, and yes, when they happen they can be devastating. However, we are not talking about the "evidence" admitted back in Perry Mason's day. Now, we have this thing called DNA and lots of expensive science machines that go "ping" that can virtually point a finger at only one human being out of the 7,000,000,000 on the planet. Case in point was the infamous OJ trial. The 5 drops of blood tested showed OJ had an identical genetic type that occurs in about one out of 170 million African-Americans. To some folks, 170 Million to 1 may not be that impressive. However, when you consider that in 1995 the entire world population was 5.6 billion, and the population of the United States was 261 million with 33 Million African-Americans. Two other blood samples: The two samples share a combination of genetic characteristics that would occur in about one out of 9.7 billion Caucasians and about one out of 530 billion African-Americans. Both these stats should scream out at you that OJ's DNA was LESS THAN 1 out of the total number of African-Americans in the gene pool. Is Sen Prague afraid of the math or is she still stuck in Perry Mason's day? DNA, by the way, has freed more than 250 innocent folks who WERE in prison due to faulty or lacking scientific evidence. This argument of "we make mistakes" is simply a feeble weak person's way of shirking their actual duty of punishing the bad. Darn, just how nice are we going to be to these criminals?
How many of our lawmakers seriously think the eleven bad folks currently on death-row won't take this opportunity to re-convene their own cases at a huge public tax cost? What sense does it make to say that if you killed someone before Wednesday 04/11/2012, you die, but if you kill someone next week, we'll be happy to give you 3-square meals a day, provide better health care than the working middle class shmuck you killed had, and we will provide advanced education so you can be released back into society so you can thank each and every member of CT for doing that for you? I get cramps just thinking about this! I'm already ticked off at Dan Malloy for his idiotic (and I reserve that word for the most serious offenders of logic) comments made about teachers and his "educational reform". He actually stated that "...no teachers will leave the state..." due to his education package that actually decreases teacher pay (See my next post dedicated to the CT Educ Reform Bill...). Well, I'm one of them. Along with this death penalty repeal, decreasing my salary by up to 25% in the 3rd most expensive state, and the overall ridiculous tax rates and government waste here in CT, I'm gone.