With the exception of a rebellious few, the majority of us are devout followers of long-term traditions. We fit into the norm. We do what is expected in terms of whatever an auspicious day or event calls for. Whether it’s tearing open Christmas gifts or hunting for brightly colored boiled eggs, we hop right into it the way we’ve been taught to do.
As our nation sits back and observes a presidential transition that should not be taking place, it’s customary, during this time, for the still sitting president to back away from a few things. Let the next poor slob handle it.
It’s safe to say that Donald Trump is no traditionalist. Very safe. He doesn’t follow bridge jumpers. But the tradition he’s breaking right now tops the gonad chart. It’s been standing firmly in place for 130 years.
During times of transition, presidents in the past have always paused the execution of death row inmates slated to sizzle and fry. Presently, nationwide, should Trump issue a stay of execution, it would affect five inmates. But he hasn’t. And it’s doubtful he will.
Should Trump allow their death marches to proceed as initially intended, he will have earned the legacy of being America’s most prolific execution president in close to a century and a half. He will have overseen the executions of 13 American convicts receiving their just rewards, all of them, since only July of this year.
Brandon Bernard, 40, and 56-year-old Alfred Bourgeois, both convicted murderers, are scheduled to take the dead man walk of shame this week in Terre Haute, Indiana. When asked, Attorney General William Barr said the justice department is not going to waver from upholding the law.
Critics of Barr, and the Trump administration as a whole, are concerned about the motives driving the rush of executions just prior to Joe Biden taking office in Jan 2021. They can only assume it is because Biden has vowed to end the death penalty, even for child and/or serial killers. He’s such a nice old senile man…
Ngozi Ndulue, director of research at the non-partisan Death Penalty Information Center, was stunned when he remarked, “This is really outside the norm, in a pretty extreme way.”
But considering the victims whose lives were snuffed out before their times, and the loved ones left behind to pick up the pieces and grieve for all of eternity, it isn’t extreme at all. All five of the inmates committed senseless and ruthless acts beyond the scope of normal imagination. And furthermore, who cares? Don’t do the crime and all of that rubbish.
The formerly abolished federal death penalty was reinstated in 1988 by the US Supreme Court, but even so, it’s remained rare for the federal government to get involved on any kind of a national level. Between 1988 and the time Trump took office, only three federal executions had taken place.
It’s interesting to note how all three of these executions were carried out under chief helmsman George W. Bush. Of course, no one in America shed a tear when Bush oversaw Timothy McVeigh being forced to swallow his tongue in Oklahoma City in 2003, and he was one of the three. McVeigh was also the last one federally ordered to take a seat in old sparky since that time.
Individual states have continued executing prisoners to the tune of 22 in 2019, but public outcry has states reconsidering their laws knowing a new sheriff named Biden is coming to town.
In July 2019, William Barr publically announced the scheduled executions of five death row inmates in July of 2019. He did this with disregard to public outcry and customary practices.
“Congress has expressly authorized the death penalty,” said one of the nations leading legal officials. “The justice department upholds the rule of law – and we owe it to the victims and their families to carry forward the sentence imposed by our justice system.”
It would be fair to point out that these death row inmates have been found guilty of murdering or raping children and the elderly, Bill Barr went on to explain. It’s also fair to say that if any of the people crying foul were to one day be affected by any of these heinous type crimes they’d be whistling a different tune.
So on behalf of all of the families and loved ones of the unfortunate victims of these hideous non-deserving murderers and child rapists, we say this. Come on Trump, you’ve only got until Jan 20. Stomp down on the gas.