Hillary Clinton has come out in favor of not abolishing the death penalty, but, during remarks at a Wednesday campaign stop in New Hampshire, said she thinks the application of it needs to be re-examined.
I have to confess that’s just about my own personal view.
Intellectually, I’m opposed to the death penalty, so in that way I’m in line with many of my progressive friends. But emotionally, there are cases where I can’t help but feel the convicted criminal’s crime is so heinous that he has given up the right to continue living. And I have to be honest with myself and my friends and admit that’s my deep, gut reaction.
If the death penalty were abolished, I wouldn’t complain. I wouldn’t agitate to bring it back. I’m just saying, for now, there are times I feel death is warranted. I can’t help what I feel.
The other problem — the biggest problem — with capital punishment in America is the undeniable racism apparent in how it’s applied. That, more than anything else, is the best reason for a moratorium on the death penalty until the issue can be addressed.