Writes the worst column I have read in a month
This was printed in the "New York Times" by Ross Douthat:
Simply throwing up our hands and eliminating executions entirely, by contrast, could prove to be a form of moral evasion — a way to console ourselves with the knowledge that no innocents are ever executed, even as more pervasive abuses go unchecked.
Abolishing capital punishment in a kind of despair over its fallibility would send a very different message. It would tell the public that our laws and courts and juries are fundamentally incapable of delivering what most Americans consider genuine justice. It could encourage a more cynical and utilitarian view of why police forces and prisons exist, and what moral standards we should hold them to. And while it would put an end to wrongful executions, it might well lead to more overall injustice.
Young Master Douthat's conclusion?
That the ongoing execution of innocent people is justified because:
A) It sustains the necessary illusion among the masses that the American criminal justice system is not fundamentally brutal, broken and unfair, and;
B) It might one day somehow cause the same masses Young Master Douthat feels the need to lie to, to rise up and demand that we fix the fundamental brutality, brokenness and unfairness of the American criminal justice system.
Honestly, I've heard more coherent rhetoric being grabbed as last-ditch Hail Marys by novice high school debaters desperate to throw any-damned-thing into the air to fill up their allotted minutes with noises that sound vaguely topical.
Once again, Young Master Douthat's argument positively oozes that special, bloodless infantilism of milk-fed conservative veal dimwits trotting out yet another lazy, cruel dissertation on the need for little people to suffer from within yet another Wingnut Welfare Ivory Tower.
There is, in the end, nothing whatsoever to be learned from Young Master Douthat's malignant and spectacularly malinformed column that you do not already know:
There is a Club.
We are not in it.
Or, as commenter Dean Booth summarizes:
"The exports of Libya are numerous in amount. One thing they export is corn, or as the Indians call it, "maize". Another famous Indian was "Crazy Horse." In conclusion, Libya is a land of contrast. Thank you."