The Constitution guarantees to the People that no one can be deprived of Life or Liberty without due process of Law, and expressly forbids cruel or unusual punishment.
I ask the following question: What is the difference between “Life without the possibility of parole” and “Death by imprisonment”? Either way, the Government is taking away ALL of someone’s life.
For me, there is no real difference, other than YOUR definition of “Cruelty”.
“It is ‘Cruelty’ to put someone in a box and then feed, clothe, and provide health care for that person until they die of old age.
It is ‘Cruelty’ to the People of the United States to risk their very lives should some day, for some reason, that person is put on the street and kills again.
It is ‘Cruelty’ to the loved ones of the victims to force them to live with waiting for the person who took the life of their loved one to finally be punished for what they did.
It is ‘Cruelty’ to everyone to use ‘Fear’ that the Government will require the release of prisoners due to budget cuts as a way to increase taxes”.
Being a Representative of the People “is” being responsible for the lives of the people, both now and in the future.
If someone attacks the United States, it is the responsibility of the Government to take life from those that attack us to protect the citizens of our country.
If someone rapes and kills a child, is caught, and convicted of the crime, it is the responsibility of the Government to take the life from those who attack the innocent to protect the citizens of the United States.
If someone kills a prison guard doing his or her duty of protecting the public from criminals that would kill again if allowed on the streets, it is the responsibility of the Government to take life from those who obviously will kill again to protect the citizens of the United States.
And if you do not have the Guts to be a Responsible Representative of the People of the State of Oregon and the United States of America, then get out of office.