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Against the death penalty, won't say why

Debra Saunders of the SF Chronicle has this post on her Token Conservative blog.

Advocates for Proposition 34, the ballot measure to end California's death penalty, came to the Chronicle editorial board Tuesday. Their argument is pretty simple. They say the death penalty is dysfunctional and a poor use of taxpayer dollars. They tried very hard to stay on message, so I asked them, "Are you morally opposed to the death penalty?"

Two of the advocates wouldn't answer the question.

Proposition 34 campaign manager Natasha Minsker would not answer the question. When I asked her for a yes or now answer, she responded, "It's not really my view of the issue."
Huh?  I've debated Minsker on this issue more than once.  She's totally opposed to the death penalty.


Why be evasive? Wouldn't most people assume that the people spearheading the effort to abolish the death penalty would be opposed to the death penalty? I think they are hurting their cause by being evasive and petulant about it.

I think what's going on is that the other side wants to come off as merely befriending good, frugal government. They know they've been losing for years with the "It's immoral!" pitch, and now want to portray themselves as having no moral overload. Hey, they're just out to save us some bucks! Dontcha know.

These people can't walk away from deceit even when it wouldn't hurt them all that much. Really something.

Being opposed and being "morally" opposed are not the same. Many proponents are against the death penalty solely for "practical" reasons. Even these, however, are misguided because they are based upon arguments that are exaggerated at best and, in most cases, misleading and erroneous. Get the facts at and supporting evidence at http://cadeathpenalty.webs.com and http://waiting4justice.org/.

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