In other Supreme Court news, a 5-4 margin (thanks to "Swing" Kennedy) ruled that the death penalty is not a "proportional punishment" for someone convicted of raping a child. Let the outrage begin!
Starting the "won't someone think of the children" parade, Alabama Attorney General Troy King. "Anybody in the country who cares about children should be outraged that we have a Supreme Court that would issue a decision like this…" So, if you don't like the death penalty, you hate children. If you can't bring yourself to support "an eye for an eye" you hate children, and probably America as well.
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindahl called the decision "a clear abuse of judicial authority." Hmm, isn't deciding if a law is Constitutional or not sort of the definition of judicial authority?
Even John McCain was able to find some glowing embers of outrage in his normally placid soul. He suggested the ruling was "an assault on law enforcement's efforts to punish these heinous felons for the most despicable crime."
Interestingly, rape, domestic violence and children's advocates (at least those with no religious affiliations) were almost unanimously in favor of the Court's decision. They pointed out that most of these awful crimes are done by family members or close friends. So, why not add to the poor child's trauma by letting them know that Uncle Dean is going to fry for what he did to you. Apparently, children hate children as well! Actually, if you have ever taught 6th grade you already sort of knew that.
Look, this outrage is crocodile tears. There are exactly 2 cases where someone was facing the death penalty for this crime, and 44 States already prohibit the death penalty in this crime. This is really about posturing and allowing the conservatives to bemoan the degradation of America.
Now, if we can just get the Supreme Court to realize what most of the rest of the world already knows, that the death penalty is not a viable deterrent or solution, it's just a temporary panacea to feed our queer national desire for blood.
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