In California, Governor Gavin Newson recently signed an executive order ending capital punishment in the state.
The moratorium is set to take effect for the duration of his tenure in office.
Governor Newsom claimed that the cost of executing prisoners was too high. He also claimed that racial disparities in sentencing disproportionately targeted minorities. He cited these examples as reasons for ending the death penalty in his state.
Newsom said, “I know people think eye for eye, but if you rape, we don’t rape … and I think if someone kills, we don’t kill. We’re better than that.”
That is a weak defense. Using Newsom’s logic every crime would deserve a proportional response. If someone steals from a neighbor, then society should steal from them as a punishment. If a person is a kidnapper, then they should be kidnapped.
That is an amateurish argument. Taking the life of another human being is the ultimate crime and requires harsh justice.
Liberals are for abortion, but not the death penalty. They favor aborting a life that was never allowed to make decisions. Murderers were afforded the opportunity to live freely, and they forfeited that right by taking a life. That is a major distinction.
President Trump weighed in on Newsom’s order. He tweeted, “Defying voters, the governor of California will halt all death penalty executions of 737 stone cold killers. Friends and families of the always forgotten VICTIMS are not thrilled, and neither am I.”
Trump was referring to a 2016 ballot referendum that asked voters in California to decide if they wanted to end the death penalty. They chose not to end the death penalty. In fact, they voted to strengthen the death penalty. Voters in the Golden State supported expediting the process. They voted to speed up the executions of those on death row because the process often is slowed due to years of appeals.
By signing the order, Governor Newsom is out of touch with his fellow Californians.
That tells you how far left the Democrats in positions of power are. They are further left than voters in the most liberal states in America.
Exhibit A: The democratic brigade of presidential candidates.
The list of candidates running for the democratic nomination is too long to count. Each one is vying to be the most far left candidate.
And they are all doing their best to be the winner of the challenge.
Many of the candidates came out instantly in support of the governor’s moratorium.
The candidates include: Kamala Harris, Beto O’Rourke, Elizabeth Warren, Corey Booker and Kirsten Gillibrand.
It won’t be long until they all support the ending of the death penalty.
Good luck winning states like Texas with that policy. The Democrats think they have a legitimate shot at winning Texas in 2020, after Beto O’Rourke’s showing against Ted Cruz in the 2018 Senate race.
However, try running on a platform of ending the death penalty in Texas. See how that works for you, Democrats.
Comedian Ron White once quipped, “In Texas we have the death penalty, and WE USE IT !… That’s right! If you come to Texas and kill somebody, we will kill you back! That’s our policy!”
And they use it — a lot!
Texas uses the death penalty far more than any other state. The state has executed nearly 40% of death row inmates in the U.S. since 1976. They have executed 560 inmates, and four of the five counties with the most death penalty executions are in Texas.
This policy position may play well in their liberal elite social circle, but is unlikely to result in votes at the ballot box. The death penalty is still very popular in the middle of the country. However, that is “fly-over” country — they could care less. The democratic candidates live an echo chamber.
Law and order is an important issue to many Americans. The Democrats are perceived as soft on crime.
The outlawing of the death penalty in California lends credence to this view.