Well done governor. You did the right thing.

Until we end state-sanctioned execution in this country, we are diminished as a people. It’s a stain on our national character, a moral failure. Death at the hand of the state is the very hallmark of tyranny, and has no place in a modern open society.

So good for Governor Kitzhaber of Oregon, who just stopped executions in his state by executive order.

Gov. John Kitzhaber announced today he will not allow the execution of Gary Haugen — or any death row inmate— to take place while he is in office. The death penalty is morally wrong and unjustly administered, Kitzhaber said.

“In my mind it is a perversion of justice,” he said at an emotional news conference in Salem.

8 responses to “Well done governor. You did the right thing.

  1. So good for Governor Kitzhaber of Oregon, who just stopped executions in his state by executive order.

    First, I am no supporter of the death penalty.

    Death at the hand of the state is the very hallmark of tyranny, and has no place in a modern open society.

    This is not true. There are actions so heinous that death is justified. The morals of the State are not the same as the morals of the individual.

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    • Donald’s point is a good one – “acheives no purpose that can’t be served by incarceration”.

      Morals? I don’t know. What the state has is responsibilities – in this case to protect us from these people. Forever, if it’s called for.

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  2. Once again, Oregon leads the way. Any justification for the death penalty — and there are many — is a slippery slope toward tyranny. It serves no purpose that can not also be achieved by incarceration, and killing done in the name of the people reduces us all as human beings.

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  3. “acheives no purpose that can’t be served by incarceration”

    Not true. Vengeance is a top priority among authoritarian types

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  4. Gary Haugen has been against the advice of his lawyers trying to stop all appeals and be executed ASAP. I’m learning of this twist from you.

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  5. Yeah, I’m very happy and proud of our Governor for making this decision. Of course there have been some upset people here, with Dr. Kitzhaber getting called “a petty tyrant” (since Oregon voters in the past have supported the death penalty) and a few calls for him to get recalled. I doubt this will gather much steam, though. I can understand where he is coming from — if I were the Governor, I would not want to be responsible for life and death like this.

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  6. I don’t see how two wrongs make a right. As such, I think we should abolish the death penalty. It should go the same as slavery.

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