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Support for the Death Penalty from an Unexpected Source

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Michael Moore is, in my view, a malevolent buffoon.  I won't even go into his antics and years of rancid anti-Americanism.  Still, as they say, every blind pig finds an acorn, and Mr. Moore seems to have found his.  Thus, as the Washington Examiner recounts:

Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore believes that whoever was responsible at General Motors for failing to recall a faulty ignition switch deserves death.

"I am opposed to the death penalty, but to every rule there is usually an exception, and in this case I hope the criminals at General Motors will be arrested and made to pay for their pre-meditated decision to take human lives for a lousy ten bucks," he wrote.

I cannot agree that the death penalty is  warranted  in this case on the facts thus far known. But if even Michael Moore can understand that there are some cases so grotesque and hideous that only the death penalty can suffice, there may yet be hope for abolitionists.

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It would have to be a federal crime.
Moore has made clear that he votes for anti-death penalty blokes, ridiculing the rest, and bragging about Michigan's historic ban.

M. Moore on Michigan’s long-standing ban:
“We are one of only ten states in America that refuse to participate in state-sanctioned murder.
All attempts to introduce the death penalty in Michigan have been beaten down by overwhelming margins.
Even the right-wingnut governor is anti-death penalty.”

M. Moore on Michigan’s long-standing ban:
“I abhor the death penalty. It is the ultimate act of evil.
Not simply because it is the premeditated taking of a human life,
but because it is an act of the State, a cold and calculated, sanctioned act
done in your name and mine. It reduces all of us to the gutter level of the low-life
scum who commit murder for revenge, greed, or fun.

Actually, we're worse. Because we, and our elected government, are supposed
to be acting with a sense of moral purpose, to seek solutions to conflicts with
a rational head, to be an example to our children and the rest of the world that
there is a higher purpose to our lives. Instead, because we detest killing, we
kill. Because we think it is wrong to take another's life, we take another's life.

We are clueless to the fact that we are the laughing stock of the rest of the
civilized world (over 110 countries have outlawed the death penalty since we
brought it back 20+ years ago).

Yes, we have a right -- a duty -- to protect ourselves from those who would
do us harm. That's called locking them up, and in some cases, throwing
away the key. If it's punishment we are seeking, then, in addition to life
sentences, have them perform functions in prison that benefit the society.
But if we simply want blood, well, I'm sorry, not on my dime and not on
my hands …”


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