Thursday, February 19, 2009
The Principles of a Politician
Edward Bell is scheduled to be executed tonight for the murder of Winchester, Va. police sergeant Ricky Timbrook. Bell shot Sgt. Timbrook at close range in the face as Timbrook attempted to arrest him on an outstanding warrant.
Bell previously had his execution stayed while gov. Tim Kaine hoped and prayed the federal courts would find lethal injection to be unconstitutional. Kaine believes the death penalty is immoral and opposes it on religious grounds.
Now that the injection issue is off the table, Kaine will have to man up and decide if he will act according to his principles which view the death penalty as little more than state murder, and commute Bell's sentence to life imprisonment, or cynically sign the death warrant and remove the final barrier to the carrying out of Bell's sentence.
So far, Kaine's record: eight death warrants signed, to only one commutation. According to his own beliefs, Kaine has violated his own deeply held personal convictions eight times and been directly responsible for what he views as the immoral killings of eight men. Yet in each case, he could have commuted the sentence, an absolute and unfettered privilege of the executive in Virginia.
Wow, there's principles for you!
Nevertheless, for the sake of justice and to punish the horrific murder of Sgt. Timbrook, who left behind a pregnant wife when he was killed, I hope Kaine stays true to form and forsakes his own conscience for the public good.