Last year when the advisory referendum on the death penalty came to town I voted hell no. I have always had a problem with the state carrying out this ultimate act of aggression and power. In the past week or so I have reconsidered that position.
I think we have two main crime groups ; crime against the state and crime against the people. Crimes against the state would include the various (non-political) misdemeanors and felonies that states and local communities deal with day in and day out. The use of the death penalty for these types of crimes is immoral, inhumane, and an unjust use of power by the State. Crimes against the people is an entirely different matter entirely. This would include the briberies and extortion that occur on a daily basis in the White House and state houses across the country. This would include those that out CIA agents, or attempt to cover for the president. What I’m trying to say is China is on the right track.
Recently George Bush made a mockery out of our justice system by pardoning an enemy of the people. China when faced with a government official accepting bribes of less that $900,000 was sentenced to death. That’s what I call getting serious about government corruption. In the U.S. $900,000 is just seen as the cost of having breakfast with a politician.
Prior to his execution these were Zheng Xiaoyu last words,
Thinking back on what has happened these years, I start to see the problems clearly. Why are the friends who gave me money all the bosses of pharmaceutical companies? Obviously because I was in charge of drug administration. I am confessing here that I loosened self-discipline, ignored the bottom line.
Two countries, two messages. In one the message was sent loud and clear that corruption and cronyism will not be tolerated. In the other the message was sent that no matter how hideous the crime or how great the betrayal to the American people, corruption and cronyism will be rewarded at the highest level.