As a former young Republican (not the club, but literally speaking), I used to support the death penalty. Over time, I have had my doubts about the value of the death penalty. My reasoning was that it may prevent some people from going over the top and committing a serious crime knowing that they may get a lethal injection as a result. I think my analysis was wrong.
As a pro-lifer, I value life. Be that a newborn baby, or a crook. God sees value and potential in everyone, and who am I to decide whether or not someone should have their life terminated because they murdered someone? The problem with the death penalty is that it relies on human instinct and knowledge. There have been at least a handful of people who suffered the fate of the death penalty, only after they were killed did it come out that they were, in fact, innocent.
Maybe as a person with a more conservative stance, this seems odd. Actually, for a conservative, it shouldn’t be. Because of the amount of time spent on death row, it actually costs the state more than it would were we to place them in the normal prison population.
On the other hand, if I am in a situation where I need to protect my family, I will not hesitate to do so. If that means the perp gets killed, then so be it. There’s a huge difference between protecting my family and the government deciding whether or not someone is worthy enough to live.
Assisted suicide is another issue. Sorry, I value life, and because someone is struggling with something, this does not give the doctor the right to play God. Besides, who is to say some sort of cure won’t be developed the next day?
We all know that abortion is a death sentence. The cruelest of sins that this nation has ever committed. God will judge, and it will be judged mightily. Because a child is deemed an inconvenience, Americans have the right to murder an unborn baby.