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And it doesn't get much darker than Charles Davenport Jr.:
Several weeks ago, North Carolina Rep. Justin Burr took to his Facebook page and advocated for a return of capital punishment. Opponents of the death penalty have hammered Burr ever since, not only on Facebook (where several responses are childishly profane), but also in the pages of this newspaper and Raleigh’s News & Observer. National magazines, including The Hill and Newsweek, have picked up the story.
But according to nearly every reputable poll, most North Carolinians continue to support capital punishment. This despite a relentless, years-long campaign against the death penalty from almost every mainstream news source.
What explains the majority’s stubborn, unrelenting support for capital punishment?
Maybe our priorities and those of the media elite are not the same. Among our top priorities is the preservation of order, which necessitates a reverence for and protection of the innocent and defenseless. The deliberate taking of such a life is incomprehensibly cruel and unforgivable. The ultimate punishment for such offenses is not only justified, but necessary: the offender receives punishment that is proportionate to his offense, and society sends a message that is unmistakable.
And Rep. Burr is correct: North Carolina needs to resolve its legal quagmire and resume executions. Our death row is occupied by 145 people. The oldest, Blanche Taylor Moore, is now in her mid-80s, and has eluded justice for a quarter-century.
And that last paragraph goes to the heart of much of the logical disconnect that plagues people on the right. Blanche Taylor Moore has been in prison for that quarter-century, which is about the farthest thing from "eluding" justice as you could get. But idiots like Davenport are more concerned about bloodsport than they are justice, and would gladly allow some innocent people to die to slake that thirst.
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I found out firsthand what can happen when voters in municipal elections don't know who you are.
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but between 2004 and 2006 a lot of those same corporations were also taking part in the Prime Mortgage fiasco that brought about the Recession. Freed from regulations that used to prohibit such activities, these corporations tried to "enhance" their retirement portfolios by buying 1,000 mortgage contract "tranches," which had been built by increasingly risky home loans. At one time, General Motors actually owned several entire communities in places like Baton Rouge, that would see a future foreclosure rate of 35% or more.
The truth is, when these companies do get their hands on big piles of money, they rarely invest it in building said company, it's just pissed away or pocketed.