By S.A. Prince
For those who like sports start here:
Pete Rose should never get into Cooperstown. Don’t get me wrong, Pete Rose was an excellent player, arguably one of the best to put on a baseball uniform, but he broke the rules. The rules have to mean something; they must stand for a higher purpose and enforce the integrity of the league.
The first time you are caught using performance enhancing drugs, you should receive a lifetime ban from the sport. Football, basketball, baseball, they should all be in harmony and of one accord on this. If they truly want to protect the integrity and the image of the league, then they should enforce “zero tolerance.” One time, the first time, when you offend you’re banned.
But we all know why they won’t do this. Money. Banning popular players would cut into their profits, affecting everything from ticket sales to merchandising and marketing. Instead of doing the right thing and levying a lifetime ban, these leagues generally half-step, simply offering a slap on the wrist of a suspension or a fine.
What kind of message does that send? Keep offending…
Everyone else can start here:
Sunday afternoon I was shocked out of my sleep. Both of my phones and my Kindle Fire were all going off, all at once.
That’s something you never want to see, like the attack on Pearl Harbor, or the vicious terrorist attack on the World Trade Center fall on September 11. It leaves an empty and bottomless feeling in your soul. You know, the dream where you’re falling down a never-ending black hole, desperately searching for something to grab hold to but finding nothing to grasp. That’s the feeling.
“Go check your local news,” it said.
It could have also said, “Go check your Facebook timeline feed.” Information travels incredibly fast, and though I don’t like Facebook, I have to admit it’s an excellent medium for information exchange. This is especially true in time-sensitive situations like Amber Alerts.
A 21-month baby went missing. Her name was Maddox, and her life was cut short, presumably by her father. I won’t recap the story. If you want to read all about it, CLICK HERE.
Let’s get to the point. After the father is tried and convicted, capital punishment should be immediately and irrevocably levied against him by the state.
As a matter of fact, the government’s only purpose is the rational protection of its citizens’ natural rights.
“The proper functions of government fall into three broad categories, all of them involving the issues of physical force and the protection of men’s rights: the police, to protect me from criminals- the armed services, to protect men from foreign invader- the law courts, to settle disputes among men according to objective laws.” – Ayn Rand
Now, there may be some who say that capital punishment isn’t a rational response, and I would agree. If you rob a bank, or steal a car, or get caught using drugs, then capital punishment is not rational response.
But if you commit a heinous act like killing an innocent baby, then capital punishment should be unceremoniously and mercilessly enforced. These offenders shouldn’t be allowed to serve life sentences in jail, rotting away at the expense of taxpayers.
This would include Bill Cosby. If found guilty, meaning that there is no reasonable doubt, then he too should experience capital punishment.
Can we be honest? I am not a psychologist that studies the mental capacity of those that commit heinous acts. I don’t know what drives them, and though I should care, part of me doesn’t. The fact remains that those who commit heinous acts violate other’s right to life.
There will be those who say, “Give them another chance,” or “We are not barbaric like them,” and I hear that. I believe in second chances and forgiveness, but do their victims get a second chance at life?
There are stats that say that show imprisonment, as oppose to the death penalty is cheaper (CLICK HERE). And if that is the argument, then like the sports leagues, the government is concerned with the bottom line, instead of the integrity of law and maintaining order.
Long-term imprisonment and lifetime sentences are a slap on the wrist to heinous criminals. As a matter of fact, in some states many murders are eligible for parole (See article, CLICK HERE).
How much longer must we watch innocent people’s lives be ripped away, only to have their offender live out the rest of their lives in prison? Is that fair?
What kind of message does that send? Keep offending…and you’ll just be sent to prison, possibly being paroled someday.