Yesterday's execution of Troy Davis should never have happened, whether or not he was guilty. State-sanctioned killing is reminiscent of the gulag, and far from a mark of living in a civilized society. As I've argued ever since ninth grade, while debating my friend Todd, you can't kill people to show that killing people is wrong.
In the 2008 Presidential campaign, Michelle Obama was pilloried for saying that the nomination of Barack Obama was the first time in her adult lifetime she'd been proud to be an American. But I knew where she was coming from. What's to recommend a nation that thinks that justice equals the death chamber?