Kicking and struggling, the United States takes another small step toward becoming a civilized civilization. The funny thing is, in some quarters the best thing you can say about the death penalty --- and about the execution of minors and the mentally retarded in particular --- is that it is considered barbaric by Europeans. For these kinds of death-penalty supporters, the only fate worse than death is becoming an effete, espresso-drinking (see previous post) Euro-weenie. This point of view was ably expressed by Justice Antonin Scalia, who was reportedly sharpening knives on a treadle-operated grindstone in a little room behind Supreme Court chambers when he came out to say that the propriety of capital punishment should be determined by individual states, not "the subjective views of five members of this court and like-minded foreigners." Why associate with those malcontent Europeans when you can rub shoulders with the likes of Iran, Pakistan, China and Saudi Arabia, death-penalty supporters all?
One small step