Executive Speech 233: Repeal Of Capital Punishment

President Cincinnati Eleden gave this speech on August 15, 2007 to the American public on primetime television.

"I am here to speak to you tonight about the death penalty and its deleterious effects on our society. Simply put, the death penalty has never worked to provide anything but revenge and that is a business the government should not be in. Ending another person’s life will never restore things to the way they were and it will never heal the hurt the victims’ family feels. Furthermore, recent DNA evidence has exonerated over 100 death row prisoners, casting grave doubts about its error-rate. Even one innocent person executed is too many to justify its use, to say nothing of its cost in moral terms. Are we a society that condemns revenge killings like those of the Biblical era? Shall we stay in the company of other nations that inflict the death penalty, such as China, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia or Nigeria? Or shall we join the enlightened societies that have done away with this deplorable act, nations like England, France, Germany and Canada? Most importantly, there is no correlation between the death penalty and lowered crime rates, if anything capital punishment serves as a reflection on the brutality of a society that would implement it. Life imprisonment is more than sufficient punishment for criminals that have taken another life or committed horrible atrocities. They should be forced to live with the guilt, shame and regret of their actions for the rest of their lives. To take their lives would make our society no better than them and for this reason I call on Congress to repeal the death penalty in our nation. Thank you and goodnight."