Should Capital Punishment Be Prohibited All Throughout the US?

Should Capital Punishment Be Prohibited All Throughout the US?

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There are a large number of conclusions about capital punishment. The death penalty is a topic that has made the news lines across America. I had the pleasure of speaking with a correction officer. This officer shared his own personal view on the topic. Due to weight of the situation, the officer wanted to remain anonymous. His uncle committed a crime that ended up getting him capital punishment. The correction officer’s uncle did a crime that involved him being at the wrong place at the wrong time. The correction officer said something to me that stood out, he said “The law did not even give him a chance to make things right and they just killed him.” I was stunned by what he said. All I could do was give him a hug, as the tears rolled down his face.

In what manner would we be able to, as people, legitimize who lives and who bites the dust? According to this article, “Know the Facts About Capital Punishment," the death penalty does not work. There is an abundance of mounting proof that demonstrates this reality. Capital punishment in the U.S. and around the globe, is oppressive and is utilized excessively against poor people, minorities and individuals from racial, ethnic and religious groups. While reading this article it made me think of the correction officer and whether or not his uncle was executed based on the color of his skin or was it because of his wrongful doing or both? The death penalty in my opinion should be prohibited throughout the united states.

Year after year, prisons are getting more and more inmates and are becoming more and more overcrowded. The death penalty would be a great alternative to regulating the influx of inmates in our prisons, right? I just look at this as another way to kill off a small part of our population and that is not fair. The death penalty is getting out of hand. John Grisham is an American bestselling writer, attorney, politician, and activist best known for his popular legal thrillers’ once stated, I’m not in favor of the death penalty. But I'm in favor of locking these people away in maximum security units where they can never get out.” (www.brainyquote) I concur with him. I believe they need to be held accountable to their crimes by getting longer sentencing, not by nonchalantly taking their lives away. There’s a large number of individuals who are getting capital punishment and they didn’t even carry out the crime. Despite the fact that capital punishment is legal, in all actuality, it is still murder. A very famous Man once said, “He who is without sin can cast the first stone."

In this day in age we spend a lot of time of focusing on the bad, and in the end we up forgetting our humanity. This topic is a very touching topic because we are talking about someone’s life; someone who could be a father or a mother. No one deserves to have their life taken by another person. Despite the crime that the person may have committed, time in jail should be the only option because if the crime was severe enough they could get life in prison as opposed to the death penalty. What does that make us if we killed someone who killed someone else? We as a country must look at the bigger picture. Two wrongs do not make a right.

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To The Parent Who Chose Addiction

Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.

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When I was younger I resented you, I hated every ounce of you, and I used to question why God would give me a parent like you. Not now. Now I see the beauty and the blessings behind having an addict for a parent. If you're reading this, it isn't meant to hurt you, but rather to thank you.

Thank you for choosing your addiction over me.

Throughout my life, you have always chosen the addiction over my programs, my swim meets or even a simple movie night. You joke about it now or act as if I never questioned if you would wake up the next morning from your pill and alcohol-induced sleep, but I thank you for this. I thank you because I gained a relationship with God. The amount of time I spent praying for you strengthened our relationship in ways I could never explain.

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Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.

The amount of hurt and disappointment our family has gone through has brought us closer together. I have a relationship with Nanny and Pop that would never be as strong as it is today if you had been in the picture from day one. That in itself is a blessing.

Thank you for showing me how to love.

From your absence, I have learned how to love unconditionally. I want you to know that even though you weren't here, I love you most of all. No matter the amount of heartbreak, tears, and pain I've felt, you will always be my greatest love.

Thank you for making me strong.

Thank you for leaving and for showing me how to be independent. From you, I have learned that I do not need anyone else to prove to me that I am worthy of being loved. From you, I have learned that life is always hard, but you shouldn't give into the things that make you feel good for a short while, but should search for the real happiness in life.

Most of all, thank you for showing me how to turn my hurt into motivation.

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Thank you for choosing the addiction over me because you've made me stronger, wiser, and loving than I ever could've been before.

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Dear Nancy Pelosi, 16-Year-Olds Should Not Be Able To Vote

Because I'm sure every sixteen year old wants to be rushing to the voting booth on their birthday instead of the BMV, anyways.

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Recent politicians such as Nancy Pelosi have put the voting age on the political agenda in the past few weeks. In doing so, some are advocating for the voting age in the United States to be lowered from eighteen to sixteen- Here's why it is ludicrous.

According to a study done by "Circle" regarding voter turnout in the 2018 midterms, 31% of eligible people between the ages of 18 and 29 voted. Thus, nowhere near half of the eligible voters between 18 and 29 actually voted. To anyone who thinks the voting age should be lowered to sixteen, in relevance to the data, it is pointless. If the combination of people who can vote from the legal voting age of eighteen to eleven years later is solely 31%, it is doubtful that many sixteen-year-olds would exercise their right to vote. To go through such a tedious process of amending the Constitution to change the voting age by two years when the evidence doesn't support that many sixteen-year-olds would make use of the new change (assuming it would pass) to vote is idiotic.

The argument can be made that if someone can operate heavy machinery (I.e. drive a car) at sixteen, they should be able to vote. Just because a sixteen-year-old can (in most places) now drive a car and work at a job, does not mean that they should be able to vote. At the age of sixteen, many students have not had fundamental classes such as government or economics to fully understand the political world. Sadly, going into these classes there are students that had mere knowledge of simple political knowledge such as the number of branches of government. Well, there are people above the age of eighteen who are uneducated but they can still vote, so what does it matter if sixteen-year-olds don't know everything about politics and still vote? At least they're voting. Although this is true, it's highly doubtful that someone who is past the age of eighteen, is uninformed about politics, and has to work on election day will care that much to make it to the booths. In contrast, sixteen-year-olds may be excited since it's the first time they can vote, and likely don't have too much of a tight schedule on election day, so they still may vote. The United States does not need people to vote if their votes are going to be uneducated.

But there are some sixteen-year-olds who are educated on issues and want to vote, so that's unfair to them. Well, there are other ways to participate in government besides voting. If a sixteen-year-old feels passionate about something on the political agenda but can't vote, there are other ways of getting involved. They can canvas for politicians whom they agree with, or become active in the notorious "Get Out The Vote" campaign to increase registered voter participation or help register those who already aren't. Best yet, they can politically socialize their peers with political information so that when the time comes for all of them to be eighteen and vote, more eighteen-year-olds will be educated and likely to vote.

If you're a sixteen-year-old and feel hopeless, you're not. As the 2016 election cycle approached, I was seventeen and felt useless because I had no vote. Although voting is arguably one of the easiest ways to participate in politics, it's not the only one. Since the majority of the current young adult population don't exercise their right to vote, helping inform them of how to stay informed and why voting is important, in my eyes is as essential as voting.

Sorry, Speaker Pelosi and all the others who think the voting age should be lowered. I'd rather not have to pay a plethora of taxes in my later years because in 2020 sixteen-year-olds act like sheep and blindly vote for people like Bernie Sanders who support the free college.

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