Monday, August 11, 2008

Benefits of the Death Penalty

Here is a clinching argument in favor of the death penalty: Jose Medellin, recently executed for raping and killing 16-year-old Elizabeth Pena and 14-year-old Jennifer Ertman.

Simply put, there was no other just response to the crime. Anything less would have been a profound miscarriage of justice: The kind that disheartens the good people of a society, and gives courage to the criminals and to those who "deconstruct" outdated notions like law, morality, justice, the notion that some crimes are heinous....

When these concepts are thoroughly deconstructed in the public mind, the result is a civilization without confidence in its own value system, or in the idea of objective truth. I think it is fair to say that the ruling classes of Europe are rife with this malady.

Which is why I add that the execution of this man had an incidental benefit, beyond its obvious justice: It was a slap in the face to the ideas of those who undermine the notion that there is such a thing as justice.

There's something satisfying about irritating all the right people, and Jose Medellin's execution irritated exactly the sort of "deconstructed people" described above. Persons of exactly this type representing Mexico, where Medellin became a bit of a folk hero, appealed through the International Court of Justice.

I was deeply satisfied to hear that the State of Texas responded to this appeal in a fashion which, while couched in the usual legal niceties, amounted to offering Medellin's apologists a fork, a knife, and a plate containing their Texas-sized undershorts.

God Bless the People, Governor, and Spirit of Texas.

15 Comments:

At 9:17 PM , Anonymous Joe said...

Hey "RC"

I know we have our good-natured economic debates at Inside Catholic, but here you and I agree 100%.

Just thought I would second your take on this matter. Stories such as these are painful to absorb.

 
At 2:24 PM , Anonymous R.C. said...

Thanks, Joe!

 
At 2:31 PM , Anonymous Fred said...

An eye for an eye? The death penalty isn't a crime deterrent at all. Plus wouldn't it be better to watch the guy rot behind bars for the rest of his life instead of giving him the easy way out? That way would also be cheaper.

 
At 1:53 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

And how did the killing of another person relief the pain of the relatives of the girl?
How does this help the raping and killing to stop

 
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