The California Republican

This blog was created in order to report on a streak of conservatism currently taking hold in California. Recent events, and voting records show much of the same here in California, but the trend is one that is certainly in our favor.

Thursday, January 20, 2005

Pro-Lifers Who Support the Death Penalty... but don't?!? Huh?

My new piece at the Stumping Grounds.

The answer, of course, is morality. If you believe as I do, that God's laws are to be obeyed and that ignorance is no excuse, how can we justify an imperfect system where a mistake inevitably equates to the death of an innocent? I believe that any decision that can lead to an irrevocable outcome must be made in a fashion that preserves the sanctity of life in case a mistake is made. The only time that I feel a death is warranted, be it abortion or the death penalty, is when the situation is one of self-defense. This could be in the forum of a mother choosing her life over her child's, or a homeowner defending his family from a would-be rapist. In both cases, the decision to kill, not murder, was made by someone fit to make such a decision. What makes our system imperfect is that there are several degrees of separation between an act that justifies the death penalty and the jury of peers which ultimately decides his or her fate. Thus, a jury is unfit to sentence a person to their death.