Our President Has a New Hobby

10 Dec
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As President Trump’s presidency begins its final days (Are they really?) Our President has decided to pick up the pace of federal executions by adding 5 executions to his administrations Thursday schedule, as in this Thursday December 10th.

All told that will be 13 federal executions carried out and completed since this past July when executions once again became a thing for presidential administrations to do! And that was after a 17 year break in federal executions going back to the Early administration of President Bush the second.

If he succeeds and the 5 executions go off as planned, President Trump will leave office (will he ever leave?) having executed 1/4 of all federal death row prisoners… making him the number one execution president in over 130 years! And his Attorney General, William Barr, says that the administration will most likely be scheduling more executions right up until President-elect, Joe Biden takes over.

Maybe we’ll even have an execution on inauguration day! Wouldn’t that be biblical? And dare I say appropriate in a macabre, ironic and evangelical sort of way? Ironic Especially since the President-elect has pledged to work towards ending the death penalty for federal prisoners. And evangelical because who is more Christian and Evangelical that our Bible reading and waving (more waving than reading…by a long shot!) than our President Trump?

And since Mr. Biden has pledged to work toward ending the death penalty once he becomes president, you can understand why our current President and his most avid supporters are in a hurry too. And if the 5 scheduled to be put to death on Thursday are indeed severed from this mortal coil then President T. needs only 2 more to top the last record of 14 set in 1896 by President Grover Cleveland. (from NJ of course…sorry C.C. We all know how much you wanted this to be you)

But to be fair and ironic it was Joe Biden, who was a Senator way back in 1994, who voted for a crime bill that added 60 federal crimes for which someone could be put to death. And he was there when The federal death penalty was reinstated in the modern era by the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988, also known as the “Drug King Pin” statute. No doubt it was reinstated to help fight the “War On Drugs” which we all know has been going very well for drugs and not too well for us…and I wonder how many drug “Kingpins” got the death penalty anyway?

However, executions on the federal level have been rare, and the government has put to death only three defendants since restoring the federal death penalty in 1988 and most Americans now lean towards life sentencing rather than death sentences for several reasons: 1, It’s cheaper because law suits on behalf of those sentenced to death drag on for years and cost the government a fortune to defend…up to 8 times more according to a 2008 government study. 2, The National Academy of Sciences determined that at least 4% of  people who are on death row were innocent. 3, statistics have proven that people of color are more likely to be sentenced to death and disproportionately so.

So why kill people with the public’s money when sentencing someone to life is cheaper, the risk of killing an innocent person for a crime he or she did not commit is ended and the egregious mistake of using racism as an excuse for such an extreme punishment is eliminated…not to mention that killing someone for killing someone else is…while sadly still debatable, a thing that I believe the human race should move beyond.

But hey, if you’re not a fan of lethal injection at U.S. penitentiaries because it’s too namby- pamby then you can take solace in the fact that the drug used to carry out death sentences is no longer readily available and our Justice Department has recently updated their protocols to allow for executions by firing squad and poison gas! I kid you not. So maybe there will be a firing squad plying its trade in Terre Haute, Indiana while at the same time our new president is sworn in, in Washington D.C.?… Could happen…

Critics of President Trump’s recent execution escalation have said that the restart of executions in an election year was politically motivated, helping the President to further his claim that he is the law-and-order president… but President Trump has always been a supporter of the death penalty and in a 90’s Playboy interview, he even described himself as a strong supporter of capital punishment, saying, “Either it will be brought back swiftly or our society will rot away.”

And he was a big supporter of the death penalty having been recommended for the “Central Park 5” who were convicted for the aggravated assault and rape of a white woman jogging through Central Park in New York City in April of 1989. The 5 convicted teenagers (black and Latino) who had maintained their innocence even after having signed written confessions, later had their convictions overturned when the real killer (a white man) was caught with the help of DNA evidence and confessed to that crime and a series of other murders.

In fact President Trump still maintains that the Central Park 5 should still be put to death because they confessed to the crime, (even though they were later proven to have been coerced and their crimes uncommitted)… because if you confess to a crime you should suffer the penalty… Now I would call that being Ultra-Biblical or maybe even Anti-Biblical depending upon which of the Testaments you prefer, but perhaps our President simply likes his confessors to not be living just like he likes his heroes to not be captured?

Anyway, it should also be noted that many states with death penalty laws have halted executions recently over concerns that the rampant spread of the coronavirus (remember that?) would put lawyers, witnesses and executioners at too great a risk but the Trump administration has decided to press on regardless of the danger, real or imagined, imposed by the virus, to anyone.

And it should also be mentioned that last year our state prisons carried out a combined 22 executions but as a consequence of the health precautions that states have taken this year, just seven prisoners have been executed in 2020 and none since July. So the Federal Government could out execute every state in the country this year, if they hurry, before time runs out and the prisoners catch the virus and die. Remember, convicted felons on death row are people too…until they are not.

So, only 41 days left until Inauguration Day 2021 when time runs out on the Trump administration (will it ever?) and their chance to execute our death row inmates before Covid19 does!

So Stay Tuned! Who will be the winner of this year’s title and crowned king of death? (at least for death row inmates)… Will it be the Grim Reaper or…

His Apprentice?

4 Responses to “Our President Has a New Hobby”

  1. ranu802 December 10, 2020 at 5:29 pm #

    I feel sad to read your post. 😦

  2. bikerchick57 December 10, 2020 at 5:41 pm #

    I will forever wonder about the people who insist on voting Republican to save unborn babies, but don’t bat an eye at executions, racial oppression or other social ills that threaten human life. It’s a terrible contradiction to what the Bible teaches, but then again, their idolization of a golden calf throws that all out the window.

    • ladysighs December 10, 2020 at 8:03 pm #

      I will forever wonder about the people who insist on voting Republican! 😉

  3. ladysighs December 10, 2020 at 8:01 pm #

    Why does Trump ever do anything? Because he can.

    (I like your little side questions.) I sat nodding my head up and down, side to side. The answers can’t come too soon.

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