Good day, everyone. I have been in a bit of a hiatus over the last several weeks as I went through final exams and graduation. I look forward to catching up on the discussions that have occurred in my absence.
One discussion that I noticed has not come up is Senator Obama’s comments that he disagrees with the recent Supreme Court decision that further limits the death penalty. Personally, I disagree with the death penalty under any circumstance. I do not deny that some people deserve to be put to death, but I do not believe it is possible to implement a foolproof system that will ensure with certainty that no innocent people are put to death. As an economist, I see no evidence that indicates the death penalty is a deterrent to would-be murders. George Bush even said there is no other reason other than deterrence to maintain the death penalty. Barak Obama has been to the left of me on every issue with which I disagreed with him to date. Now, he suddenly takes a position light years to the right of me? Smacks of political pandering, not change. I still support him, but am rather disappointed in his statements.
My journey has begun. I am currently in San Diego being processed back onto active duty in the Navy. My plans for next week have changed, but I am not at liberty to discuss upcoming movements. While I served in the Persian Gulf during the first Gulf War, I have never been through this process of being activated as a reservist. It has been interesting thus far and I am taking notes of my experiences. I will continue to share whatever I can whenever I can share it.