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The Death Penalty

I cannot support politicians who support the death penalty. It is barbaric and applied primarily to minorities and the poor. This is yet another reason I have siginficant issues with Obama and the democrats.
I was just reading Amy Goodman's story about Troy Davis and his death row situation ( http://www.commondreams.org/view/2008/09/25-9). She quoted Georgia Congressman John Lewis who discussing racism and the death penalty said this when Amy pointed out that Sen. Obama himself supports the death penalty: "It is troublesome. You know ... someplace along the way, some of us must have the courage to say-and I'm moving closer and closer to this point-that in good conscience, I cannot and will not support people who support the death penalty. I think it's barbaric, and it represents the Dark Ages. .... I don't think as human beings, I don't think as a nation, I don't think as a state, we have the right to take the life of another person. That should be left for the Almighty to do."

"I cannot and will not support people who support the death penalty."

I would go on to add:

** I cannot and will not support people who support war and the military industrial complex.
** I cannot and will not support people who oppose a woman's right to choose a safe and legal abortion.
** I cannot and will not support people who limit civil rights and freedom.
** I cannot and will not support people who do not support universal health care.


I'm more torn in the election than ever. I would love to find a reason to support Obama beyond the "He's not McCain" but I really worry that he's just more of the same and doesn't support the progressive values and ideals I hold dear. I'm still very much undecided and heavily lean towards Cynthia McKinney because I know unequivically where she stands on these issues and is entirely aligned with my values and beliefs.

will add 26.Sep.2008 10:12

gk

I agree with all, and will add I cannot support any candidate who receives funds from AIPAC or who supports nuclear power.