Upping the ante

Dear Senator Phil Berger:

I read today that you're eager to get North Carolina's Death Machine back into gear. Good on ya!

Sen. Phil Berger hopes to get the death penalty back on track. The Senate Republican leader has again filed a bill that would end a de facto moratorium on capital punishment in North Carolina. (snip) Berger's bill would forbid any group from disciplining a doctor for attending at an execution.

I, for one, am enthralled with your passion for killing, and encourage you to take your zeal to the next level. I hope you'll add an amendment to your bill requiring all executions to take place at high noon in the public square. If North Carolina's doctors get to attend the dark festivities, why shouldn't the rest of us?

If you succeed with your legislation, our state will be on track to resume executions. But why should we carry out those glorious deeds in the dark of night? What are we ashamed of? If, as you seem to argue, the death penalty is a deterrent to other criminals, shouldn't those criminals have the opportunity to witness that deterrent in all of its glory?

I am dead serious. Please put your considerable weight behind this important request. People are dying because our elected officials don't have the strength of character to stand behind their convictions to kill murderers with extreme prejudice. As a long-time advocate for law and order, you can lead the way on resuming public executions.

Thank you.

Comments

Just think of the revenue potential

We could charge for admission ... and also license broadcast rights to teevee news organizations. Betcha we could close that durn budget deficit with just a couple of high profile executions.

Agreed

I hope you'll add an amendment to your bill requiring all executions to take place at high noon in the public square. If North Carolina's doctors get to attend the dark festivities, why shouldn't the rest of us?

The GOP hack shows only that he truly doesn't believe the death penalty is a deterrent since he didn't include such a provision in his bill.

Put up or shut up, Minority Leader Berger.

 

But wait ... there's more!

If we can also criminalize abortion, that means all women who have abortions would be premeditated murderers, which would qualify them for the death penalty too.

Putting a few thousand mothers to death (I'm thinking guillotine) would definitely get those deterrent juices flowing. No?

If I didn't know better, James -

I'd go all Jersey on you right now! You can get inside their heads a little too well.

Jeebus. These are scary folks. They don't want doctors policing themselves. The NC Medical Board says that doctors can't be a part of the death penalty process, which means that we've had (thank the gods) a de facto moratorium on the death penalty. NC law requires a doctor to be present at all executions. Instead of trying to change that law, he's trying to tell the Medical Board that they can't police their members. If the Medical Board doesn't police their members, who will? Berger? When did he get his medical degree?

I hate the way they try to slip sideways into things. They know that public won't go for it unless we're tricked into it.

Feh.

Channeling Berger

If we're going to have people executed in our name (that's right ... every execution is done on behalf of We the People) then we ought to face the harsh reality of what we're doing.

I'm against the death penalty. But if we're going to have it, let the blood lust shine. It's sick, I know.