“Torture would most certainly NOT be enough punishment for this guy. But much better than living the rest of his life on our dime (warm bed, 3 meals a day, ect...). For the people dead and injured, and their families, no punishment will right the wrong done here.”
Lady Lucifer on Apr 23, 2013 at 12:07:54
“"No punishment will right the wrong done here." That's because punishment is never about undoing the offense, or even about getting revenge -- at least not in a post-barbarian, grown-up world. It's about protecting the civil liberties of the general public from elements that infringe upon those liberties. An elected government has no business doing any more than is necessary to meet this standard; and a government that exploits public bloodlust by claiming the power to unnecessarily torture and execute is inherently tyrannical (even if the voters don't realize what they've given up by supporting it).
Anyone who feels pain at the thought of Tsarnaev being properly tried and humanely incarcerated should have caught him themselves and satisfied their primitive urges then. But now that he's in the hands of law enforcement, those same people should hope *only* to be safe, not to be avenged. And yes, the use of tax money to house and feed convicted felons is just something you accept when you live in a society. If you want to cut costs, look at the needless overcrowding of prisons resulting from our irrational enforcement of marijuana laws. You'll do much more for society by reforming that aspect of the system.”