CALIFORNIA—There is an interval of about a week from the time I must post this column to its publication and last month I predicted that, by the time it would be read, that
Stanley "Tookie" Williams would have already been executed. Sadly, I was correct, and it is even more certain that, by the time that anyone reads this, that Clarence Ray Allen will have also been executed.
And before my next column is printed, it is also a safe bet that Judge Samuel Alito will already be a member of the US Supreme Court.
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Since I am opposed to abortion, a reader might think that I would be happy about Judge Alito's appointment, since he is also (supposedly) opposed to abortion. But I am not.
Having studied this question carefully I know that the combination of Chief Justice Roberts and Samuel Alito with other Supreme Court members who oppose Roe v Wade will not be sufficient to overturn that iniquitous law. Yet one more appointment would be needed and besides, whatever Alito's REAL position on Roe might be, Roberts has said that he considers it "settled law."
And this fits with George W. Bush's REAL "anti-abortion" policies. He has said that he doesn't want to have Roe overturned and the policies that he really favors (e.g. a law against so-called "partial birth abortion") can be little more than cosmetic, so long as Roe v Wade remains the law of the land.
But so long as the Democrats continue with their rigid, "woman's right to choose" stance, they are certain to continue to lose ground because the Republicans have found a "moral issue" behind which they can hide their real agenda; which can be clearly discerned in the positions which Judge Alito has taken on such issues as presidential powers, affirmative action and the rights of workers to a safe workplace.
It is such issues as these that concern me and I know that it will always be the poor and wage workers and racial minorities and indeed WOMEN, in terms of issues such as their rights in the workplace, who will suffer from appointments such as that of Judge Samuel Alito.
But, unfortunately, there is nothing that can be done about that now. Meantime, there is another "Culture of Life" issue upon which I think that most Canyon News readers will be more apt to be willing to unite with me; the fight for a Death Penalty Moratorium which I am proud to say, is being by the representative of "the district of my birth", Assemblyman Paul Koretz.
As I have said before, I really don't have any sympathy for such brutal killers as "Tookie" Williams and Clarence Ray Allen. To be frank, I really do believe that such heinous criminals deserve to death.
But I also believe that I am a better person than they are and that the same goes for the rest of the decent citizens of my home state. And how can we say that we are better people than Williams and Allen, when we allow the State to act on our behalf, to kill such people in cold blood, because they killed others in hot blood?
And the spectacle of a blind, crippled, feeble old man being dragged into the Death Chamber is especially horrific and it makes us look like barbarians to the rest of the civilized world, e.g. Ireland and all EU countries, Canada, Mexico, etc.
Arnold Schwarzenegger slithered into the State House claiming to be a "moderate." But he has proved yet again to be a tool of the hard right and the appellation "Governor Terminator" is no longer a joke. And with the appeals process running out for more than a dozen Death Row residents,
California is in danger of becoming a "death penalty conveyer belt state" under Schwarzenegger, just as
Texas was under Bush.
So, everyone should support Paul Koretz's Moratorium proposal and also do what they can to "Terminate the Terminator" next November. We should all unite to end the Death Penalty, just as we should unite around calls for the earliest possible end to Bush's unjust Iraq War, which is also a "Culture of Life" issue.
But I hope also that, as people campaign for Paul Koretz's Moratorium and against Schwarzenegger, they will also become more open to ANOTHER "Culture of Life" issue; an end to abortion in