As is their standard practice, the Democrats have once again attempted to slide possibly volatile legislation out of view of the American public under the cover of legislative darkness: those times in which there is not much going on in Congress, late on Fridays of holiday weekends, and during major holiday periods of every sort.
The Democrats have long been masters of how to lie, and the Democrats have long been Chess Masters while the Republicans are still struggling to master the finer points of checkers.
One recent and truly great example is a bill entitled: "A Bill To Abolish the Death Penalty Under Federal Law" aka: H.R. 3741, introduced by Maryland Democrat Rep. Donna Edwards and seven other Democrats, earlier this year.
Please allow me to place all my cards on the table: I fully support the Death Penalty.
What I find so outrageous about H.R. 3741 is that as is their way, the Democrats have wrapped what sounds high and mighty around a broken sewer pipe; not unlike the "Affordable Care Act" - that Abomination of Legislation that resulted in a massive lack of care which is not affordable by most folks.
I look at every piece of Democratic introduced legislation like a five hundred year old serving of that great Chinese menu item: "Sticky Rice."
For those not familiar with the dish, it is served as a lump about the size of your fist, in which a lotus leave is wrapped around a slightly sweet and cohesive rice, wrapped around a small amount of very flavorful meat; typically pork. If you have never tried it, find a good family owned and operated Chinese restaurant and treat yourself.
Now envision that delightful dish at five hundred years of age. Peel off the shiny lotus leaf and find what may well look like something someone had already ingested and deposited back into the lotus leaf.
Before I am bombarded by all manners of righteousness, let me outline why I support the Death Penalty.
Throughout History: The Death Penalty has been a component of human culture for all time; the ultimate statement that certain actions were not acceptable for any reason within a society.
The Old Testament speaks of "stoning," whereby members of the community offended by an individual's actions would throw heavy stones at the individual until the individual was dead and half buried. This was probably the most popular form of execution because it involved the public and served as a lesson to society at large. Obviously, the Electric Chair had not been invented yet.
Societies as a whole began to oppose the death penalty when those who would rule other men chose to use the death penalty to eliminate political opposition.
Case in point, Jesus Christ was executed by crucifixion, the most public and painful method of the era, to emphasize the cost of political opposition.
As a child (age eight or nine or so), we - as a family - did on occasion visit the public hangings in the local market place (no, not in this country). Those experiences left two lessons forever embedded in my mind:
- There are actions that are horrendously offensive to any given society; things that I certainly did not want to do.
- There was a great deal of satisfaction in a society that would never again have to worry about that particular individual repeating their unacceptable actions.
NO, for the record, I do not feel that I was "traumatized" by those experiences.
As an adult - I worked in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for a couple of years; working for the then-Prince-Now-King Abdullah. Saudi Arabia has the death penalty.
Saudi Arabia has what may be the world's lowest recidivism (repeat offender) rate of any country in the world for crimes unacceptable in their society.
Yes, as a taxpayer, I am painfully aware that the estimated cost of maintaining a person serving a life sentence in prison is Four-Million-Five-Hundred Dollars ($4,500,000). As of 2007 (latest statistics I could find), there were in excess of 128,000 (and more) people in our prison system serving life sentences. You do the math.
So let me tell you why I find "A Bill To Abolish the Death Penalty Under Federal Law", aka: H.R. 3741 unacceptable.
- Removing the Death Penalty from certain actions is making the statement that THESE ACTIVITIES ARE NOW DEEMED ACCEPTABLE IN OUR SOCIETY without qualification?
- This bill DOES NOT SUGGEST THE UNIVERSAL ABOLITION OF THE DEATH PENALTY.
- This bill ONLY proposes to abolish the death penalty for certain specific crimes - AND THEREIN LIES THE CLUE, that this bill is yet another serving of Five-Hundred-Year-Old-Sticky-Rice, served up the the Democrats.
There are two parts to this bill:
- "Part A" which lists 38 different "Homicide-Related Offenses."
- "Part B" which lists only 2 "Non-Homicide-Related Offenses" - Espionage and Treason
To many American Patriots, Barack Obama is undeniably guilty of treason and those complicit in his treason are equally guilty. The fact that he has appointed a number of members of the Muslim Brotherhood to sensitive positions in his administration, to include positions related to national defense opens the discussion of potential espionage being carried out by his appointees.
To me, this legislation has one purpose: To cover the backsides of numerous members of the illegal Obama Regime - NOW and in the FUTURE.
In order to conserve space, I have only commented on ten of the 38 offenses cited in "Part A" of this bill.
My question to you is: Why should American citizens be denied the full measure of justice for anyone convicted of any of the crimes listed in this bill?
NONE of the politicians ever do anything openly when it comes to legislation; all the better to hide pork and corruption from We The People, who fund them, and what they do with our tax dollars.
1. Murder Related to the Smuggling of Aliens
Really? Does anyone recall someone by the name of Brian Terry? Does this not open the gates for an argument that Brian Terry was not killed in conjunction with drug smuggling, but instead was killed in conjunction with the smuggling of illegal aliens? Is this not a precaution in light of the inevitability that when the facts come out, a bureaucrat could be charged with murder?
2. Destruction of Aircraft, Motor Vehicles, or Related Facilities Resulting in Death.
Really? Is this not an attempt to fully legalize terrorist related murders; i.e. the bombings of airplanes, buses and bus stations, trains and subways and train and subway stations, etc. etc.? Barack Obama has been quite open about his support of the Muslim Brotherhood; ergo is this not the laying down of a red carpet to the terrorists?
3. Murder Committed During a Drug-Related Drive-By Shooting
Really? So it is fine to impose the death sentence for murders committed via a drive-by shooting because someone was not invited to a particular party, so long as drugs are not involved? Can someone please explain the logic of this one to me?
4. Murder Committed at an Airport Serving International Civil Aviation
Really? My brain is beginning to implode. So, because the TSA Agent shot at LAX was done in "An Airport Serving International Civil Aviation," the shooter cannot face the Death Penalty, but someone committing murder at a private or semi-private "Airport not Serving International Civil Aviation" (but often serving the rich and powerful) can face the Death Penalty?
5. Murder Committed Using Chemical Weapons
Really? Does this not blatantly conflict with the "War Crimes Act"? (18 U.S. Code § 2441(a)) Then why would they include this very specific item? In a word (or two):
Tear Gas. For anybody who has not experienced the joy of tear gas, and I have in training and in combat, let me just say that the experience is not normally found on anyone's top ten list of fun things to do. Actually it can be lethal.
As I am sure many can recall, the government has been fond of using tear gas against those prone to "civil disobedience" and it is conceivable that anyone with breathing problems could suffer a fatal event when exposed to tear gas and being aware of this fact could precipitate charges of murder.
6. Civil Rights Offenses Resulting in Death
Now why would the Democrats cite this exception to the Death Penalty? Could it be that... they fully intend to violate the civil rights of We The People?
Perhaps civil rights related to freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, illegal search and seizure and any others that crop up?
7. Murder of a member of Congress, an important executive official, or a Supreme Court Justice
There may be some folks who would not find this item a bad thing given their attitudes towards members of our illustrious "representatives" and certain Supreme Court justices. And whose definition of "important" do we get to use? Then again, the Democrats may well be planning to do this very thing in an attempt to establish a dictatorship and only wish to cover their evil backsides should their plans fall through at some point.
8. Death Resulting From Offenses Involving Transportation of Explosives, Destruction of Government Property,
or Destruction of Property Related to Foreign or Interstate Commerce
Think about this one! They are saying that if someone is killed by someone involved in transporting explosives, or someone is killed by a person involved in destroying Government Property, or someone is killed by a person involved in the destruction of property related to foreign or interstate commerce - the person responsible any such murders cannot face the Death Penalty. To be put more simply, anyone attempting to take over our ports by force will not face the Death Penalty for killing those tasked with the defense of those facilities.
9. Murder committed by use of a Firearm or Armor Piercing Ammunition During Commission of a Crime of Violence or a Drug Trafficking Crime
At the risk of repeating myself, re: #1 above...Really? Does anyone recall someone by the name of Brian Terry? Recent articles have indicated that one or more FBI personnel are directly responsible for the death of Border Guard Brian Terry. Are the Democrats attempting to protect one of their own, or are they attempting to protect all of their own should the crap hit the fan?
Now I know that we are no longer in Kansas Toto! According to this bill, neither Saddam Hussein nor Adolph Eichmann or Adolph Hitler should have had to face the Death Penalty? Really? By definition, genocide is: The deliberate and systematic extermination of a national, racial, political, or cultural group.
Perhaps the Democrats are planning some genocide of their own and want to make damned sure they will not face the Death Penalty at some point in the future?
Here is the complete list of Part "A" Homicide Related Offenses:
- MURDER RELATED TO THE SMUGGLING OF ALIENS
- DESTRUCTION OF AIRCRAFT, MOTOR VEHICLES, OR RELATED FACILITIES RESULTING IN DEATH
- MURDER COMMITTED DURING A DRUG-RE LATED DRIVE-BY SHOOTING
- MURDER COMMITTED AT AN AIRPORT SERVING INTERNATIONAL CIVIL AVIATION
- MURDER COMMITTED USING CHEMICAL WEAPONS
- CIVIL RIGHTS OFFENSES RESULTING IN DEATH
- MURDER OF A MEMBER OF CONGRESS, AN IMPORTANT EXECUTIVE OFFICIAL, OR A SUPREME COURT JUSTICE
- DEATH RESULTING FROM OFFENSES INVOLVING TRANSPORTATION OF EXPLOSIVES, DESTRUCTION OF GOVERNMENT PROPERTY, OR DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY RELATED TO FOREIGN OR INTERSTATE COMMERCE
- MURDER COMMITTED BY USE OF A FIREARM OR ARMOR PIERCING AMMUNITION DURING COMMISSION OF A CRIME OF VIOLENCE OR A DRUG TRAFFICKING CRIME
- FIRST DEGREE MURDER
- MURDER BY A FEDERAL PRISONER
- MURDER OF A STATE OR LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIAL OR OTHER PERSON AIDING IN A FEDERAL INVESTIGATION; MURDER OF A STATE CORRECTIONAL OFFICER
- MURDER DURING A KIDNAPPING.
- MURDER DURING A HOSTAGE-TAKING.
- MURDER WITH THE INTENT OF PRE-VENTING TESTIMONY BY A WITNESS, VICTIM, OR INFORMANT.
- MAILING OF INJURIOUS ARTICLES WITH INTENT TO KILL OR RESULTING IN DEATH.
- ASSASSINATION OR KIDNAPPING RESULTING IN THE DEATH OF THE PRESIDENT OR VICE PRESIDENT.
- MURDER FOR HIRE
- MURDER INVOLVED IN A RACKETEERING OFFENSE.
- WILLFUL WRECKING OF A TRAIN RESULTING IN DEATH
- BANK ROBBERY-RELATED MURDER OR KIDNAPPING.
- MURDER RELATED TO A CARJACKING.
- MURDER RELATED TO AGGRAVATED CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE
- MURDER RELATED TO SEXUAL ABUSE
- MURDER RELATED TO SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN.
- MURDER COMMITTED DURING AN OFFENSE AGAINST MARITIME NAVIGATION.
- MURDER COMMITTED DURING AN OFFENSE AGAINST A MARITIME FIXED PLATFORM
- MURDER USING DEVICES OR DANGEROUS SUBSTANCES IN WATERS OF THE UNITED STATES
- MURDER INVOLVING THE TRANSPORTATION OF EXPLOSIVE, BIOLOGICAL, CHEMICAL, OR RADIOACTIVE OR NUCLEAR MATERIALS.
- MURDER INVOLVING THE DESTRUCTION OF VESSEL OR MARITIME FACILITY.
- MURDER OF A UNITED STATES NATIONAL IN ANOTHER COUNTRY.
- MURDER BY THE USE OF A WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION.
- MURDER BY ACT OF TERRORISM TRANSCENDING NATIONAL BOUNDARIES.
- MURDER INVOLVING TORTURE.
- MURDER INVOLVING A WAR CRIME.
- MURDER RELATED TO A CONTINUING CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE OR RELATED MURDER OF A FEDERAL, STATE, OR LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER.
- DEATH RESULTING FROM AIRCRAFT HIJACKING