Are we becoming Euro-assimilated? Here is a statement by the Secretary General of the Council of Europe (think “Hall of Justice” with bad teeth and breath that reeks of Chateau Mouton Rothschild):
Capital punishment in the UnitedÃ‚Â States of America is on its deathbed after the ruling by a court in California to the effect that a lethal injection is unconstitutional and the decision by the Governor of Florida to suspend all executions after the terrible experience of the last execution in this State.
Judge Fogel in California may still think that the death penalty can be fixed, but these decisions nevertheless mark the definitive beginning of the end. It may take another couple of years, but the United States of America is on its way to join the rest of the civilized world where this inhuman and barbaric punishment has already been rejected. I have no doubt that this trend is welcomed by a lot of Americans who, given a proper choice, prefer just security to cruel revenge.
Europe seems to be taking a huge interest in U.S. policy, and the U.S. seems to be listening. The next thing you know, we’ll be drivingÃ‚Â in the other laneÃ‚Â (that Nicole Richie is quite the trendsetter), and the United States will be so pasteurized and passive that we’ll be unable to save Europe the next time the Germans have too much to drink. Oh well, so be it.
And why does Europe take such an interest? It’s not because they’re passive observers. Europe knows that many American judges actually look to Europe instead of the U.S. Constitution when pulling their decisions out of a hat.
Consider as a shining example Anthony Kennedy of the U.S. Supreme Court. While many issues decided by the Court can and should be debated, often it’s their reasoning, or lack thereof, that we should find most troubling. For example, when the Supreme Court decided that juveniles cannot be executed,Ã‚Â Justice Kennedy wrote in the majority opinion in the case, and blurted out this gem:
The stark reality is that the United States is the only country in the world that continues to give official sanction to the juvenile death penalty. It is proper that we acknowledge the overwhelming weight of international opinion against the juvenile death penalty.
Who loosened the wheels on the intellectual Hoverounds of these coots?
“The United States is the only country in the world that gives sanction to …”?
What does the U.S. Constitution say? Who cares? As long as nobody in the world cries “sacre bleu,” all too many American judged think they’ve done their jobs.
Legal rulings in the U.S.Ã‚Â that lend credence toÃ‚Â European opinion most certainly do not go unnoticed in Europe. They have pull now in the U.S. courts, and they know it.
So,Ã‚Â concerning the issue of theÃ‚Â death penalty. It’s not that I’m for it as much as I hate Europe sticking a crumpet-covered nose in our business, which is due to continue as long as there are judges like Anthony Kennedy looking to the world and not to the U.S. Constitution. Ironically, in the “old school” United States,Ã‚Â this wasÃ‚Â a crime that could have been punishable by hanging, so it’s no wonder so many globalistÃ‚Â judges in the U.S.Ã‚Â oppose the death penalty.
I used to be gung-ho about the death penalty, but givenÃ‚Â its current status in many of the 38 states where it’s still legal, I’d rather scrap it and just have the convicts keep on making license plates. Why? Two reasons. First, by the time the decades-longÃ‚Â appeals process is exhausted, we’ve forgotten what it was the guy was on death-row for. Secondly, I’ve come to the realization that as long as there are prosecutors such as Mike Nifong running around, there’s always a chance that we couldÃ‚Â be puttingÃ‚Â innocent people to death.
All I ask is this: if we get rid of the death penalty across the board,Ã‚Â don’t tell Europe. Let ‘em sweat this one out. As a matter of fact, let’s use the opportunity to “clean house.” Tell the Council of Europe that we’ve decided to expand capital punishment laws to include more minor crimes –Ã‚Â such as being a shoplifter or aÃ‚Â foreignÃ‚Â telemarketer –Ã‚Â and our new method of execution is throwing a plugged-inÃ‚Â toaster in the bathtub.
Let them know that this will happen unless, of course, Europe wants to save all of our condemned prisoners by accepting them with openÃ‚Â armsÃ‚Â into their countries. Goodbye, prison overcrowding.
Come on, Europe. Only you can save the United States from itself. Accept our prisoners now! Just to close the deal, weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll throw in Anthony Kennedy and CaliforniaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s entire Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Note: If you’re seeing only this post, the entire blog can be accessed at DougPowers.com