The perverse effects of judicial activism
The Supreme Court has decided to review whether lethal injections constitute “cruel and unusual punishment” in capital crimes cases.
I believe this to be a denigration of our Constitution and the disparagement of our entire judicial system. When the Constitution was ratified, executions by hanging and the firing squad were almost daily occurrences in the states. Those methods were obviously not in violation of the Constitution. By comparison, lethal injections today are as humane as possible for the condemned.
Obviously, there is something much more sinister going on here, and that something is judicial activism, rule by judicial fiat and a not-so-subtle methodology that prostitutes the entire judicial system for the advancement of political goals. In this case, the goal is clearly the total abolition of capital punishment in spite of the will of the American people.
Whenever our courts issue rulings, they are always couched in such legal terminology that they are almost impossible for the common man to understand or comprehend. I believe that is intentional.
Our Constitution was drafted by men of great wisdom as a written contract between the people of the United States and their government. It means what it says. That's what a contract is. It was written not to give the people rights, but to restrict the power of government in our lives. It was framed to allow for reasonable adjustments as opposed to absurd interpretations.
Criminals have rights, but so do victims, their families and the American people. Even if this court should ultimately rule in favor of those states utilizing lethal injection, the damage to clear precepts in the Constitution has again been done. It is truly a sad day to see our Constitution and our form of government so abused through judicial activism, something our Founding Fathers never intended or envisioned. James D. Cool U.S. Secret Service, retired Johns Creek, Georgia