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.