The Politics of Pain: Florida Legislator Seeks To Bring Back Electric Chairs and Firing Squads For Executions

Rep. Brad Drake (R., Eucheeanna) wants to put the pain back into executions. The Florida Republican has filed a bill to require the use of electrocution or firing squads to execute people — saying that lethal injection is simply too easy a way out for convicted murderers.

Saying that the convicted should not “get off that easy” with lethal injection, Drake wants to see people fried or shot instead. He said the idea came to him at a Waffle House in talking to a constituent. He said that the electric chair or firing squad would make inmates more scared and think about their punishment “every morning.”

He helpfully put this idea into perspective: “I think if you ask a hundred people, not even talking to criminals, how would you like to die, if you were drowned, if you were shot, and if you say you were put to sleep, 90 percent of some of the people would say I want to be put to sleep. Let’s put our pants back on the right way.”

I previously wrote about the increasing use of politicized piety and now we have politicized pain as a draw for voters.

Well, if we are putting our pants on, perhaps we should not stop with electric chairs. As discussed in this column, we used to cook people in a “brazen bull.” The Romans punished parricide (murder of a parent) by putting the condemned into a sack with a dog, a rooster, a viper and an ape — then throwing the sack into the water. Now that would keep guys up at night.

Drake may want to visit Iran where Sharia judges mete out punishment on the same theory from pouring acid into eyes to throwing people in bags down hills with sharp rocks.

When politicians start to run on the promise of pain for convicted persons, we have finally de-evolved into an unrecognizable state. Of course, promising to terrify inmates and hurt them is probably preferred to dealing with social programs being shutdown and unemployment rising in the state. What is left is the promise of gratuitous pain to satisfy some deep need. Then again, maybe it was the waffles.

Source: MSNBC

49 thoughts on “The Politics of Pain: Florida Legislator Seeks To Bring Back Electric Chairs and Firing Squads For Executions

  1. Dredd: “He would probably withdraw the legislation if they would let him push the button a time or two.”

    Yea, I’m suspicion’n’ there’s a bit of that too. I would not want this man in office or near my family.

  2. Elaine M.
    1, October 14, 2011 at 5:09 pm
    What–no option to be hanged or stoned to death?
    it’s my understanding that it’s not possible to smoke that much.

    that’s what i hear anyway.

  3. otototot

    The Fourth Amendment just isn’t getting the respect it should:

    “Judge: Police need permission for cellphone data
    Ruling says judge’s OK needed to obtain suspect’s data, but not a warrant”

    “WASHINGTON — A federal judge says police need a judge’s permission, but not a warrant, to get cellphone companies to turn over data showing where a suspect used his cellphone.

    The order came down earlier this month from Royce Lamberth, chief judge of the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C.

    A lower court judge had ruled earlier that police needed a warrant before forcing a cellphone carrier to turn over records showing where a bank robbery suspect had used his phone. Cellphone carriers keep records of where cellphones are used by tracking the towers used to transmit signals.

    Lamberth ruled that police did not need a warrant. However, he did say police have to explain to a judge why that information is relevant to their investigation.”

  4. I completely agree with bringing the Chair back. You have a family member who is kidnapped, tortured, raped, TORTURED to their death. And then to have him raped her dead body, and chop her into pieces. Yea, this man deserves to be ‘put to sleep’ peacefully. BS. It’s made too easy for these serial, sick people who get the death penalty. When they’ve fully been shown to be the predator. Now, I’m speaking of the cases where it has been facted that the prisoner is the correct predator. Going to sleep? I think not. Light him up!!!!!

  5. Hello there! This post could not be written much better! Reading through this post reminds me of my previous roommate!
    He continually kept preaching about this. I will send this post to him.
    Fairly certain he’ll have a great read. Thank you for sharing!

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