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"In Furman v. Georgia, the U.S. Supreme Court rules by a vote of 5-4 that capital punishment, as it is currently employed on the state and federal level, is unconstitutional. The majority held that, in violation of the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution, the death penalty qualified as “cruel and unusual punishment,” primarily because states employed execution in “arbitrary and capricious ways,” especially in regard to race. It was the first time that the nation’s highest court had ruled against capital punishment. However, because the Supreme Court suggested new legislation that could make death sentences constitutional again, such as the development of standardized guidelines for juries that decide sentences, it was not an outright victory for opponents of the death penalty.

In 1976, with 66 percent of Americans still supporting capital punishment, the Supreme Court acknowledged progress made in jury guidelines and reinstated the death penalty under a “model of guided discretion.” In 1977, Gary Gilmore, a career criminal who had murdered an elderly couple because they would not lend him their car, was the first person to be executed since the end of the ban. Defiantly facing a firing squad in Utah, Gilmore’s last words to his executioners before they shot him through the heart were, “Let’s do it.”"
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I am ashamed to admit it, but my early years growing up in DC, NY/NJ and VA/MD/DC with a side-trip to the USNA make it difficult for me to over-ride my knee-jerk reaction: no, the death penalty does not deter murder, but I still feel the instictive desire to say, given a forcible rapist, torturer, or sadistic murderer: shoot him.

The USA needs to have a systematic system of education which does not end up giving preferential education to the rich or to those (like myself) who were lucky enough to get into decent 'magnet' programs.

Then, perhaps, Americans will have the intellectual and emotional tools needed to deal with these problems.

Peace,
Shira "Holocene/Human Era" Destinie
30 June, 12015 HE
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From: [personal profile] meowdate
Thanks for your thought-provoking posts!

I'm not sure I would call the US education system 'socialistic' -each state funds according to its own model -some fairly well (like Massachussets) and others piss-poorly. Serious quality challenges. But I certainly learned my Pledge of Alegiance in public school! Oh wait, that is indoc... oh well.

USNA is the US Naval Academy.

No worries, Arlington Nat. Cemtry is the only part of VA I might consider worth visiting! Even that is heavily dosed with (or perhaps pure) progaganda.
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But "I got better" -well, kicked out, actually, but I did see the light! :-)
Shira "Human Era" Destinie,
11.7.12015 HE

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