Utanian Presidential Debate 303

TOPIC: The Death Penalty
SUBTOPIC: For Utania?
Nystonia state has introduced the ultimate penalty for crime, a death penalty, despite strong opposition to it. Utani nationalists support it. And it was used forthrightly by the Guwimithian regime. Do you support the use of the death penalty, and would you introduce it to Utania?

Candidate
Name
Pres. George OKARVITS
Gov'r Edward R. HOPE
Kyle LANGLEY MP
Max BOORNAL MP
Cameron OLDS MP
Robert TALIN MP
.
President Okarvits
Gov. Edward Hope
Kyle Langley, MP
Max Boornal, MP
Cameron Olds, MP
Robert Talin, MP
Party's
policy
Peoples Party opposed
Utani Saedaj somewhat supportive
Cruisian Democrats strongly supportive
Conservatives are mixed
Strongly supports a death penalty Burovian world movement supports
Liberal Party opposes
Somewhat opposed, but some in party support Strongly opposes death penalty
Debate
points
Suggests a plan to not prohibit the penalty but to bring standards of proof for guilt into line with Utani and Cruisian tradition No reservations about executing the guilty
But, worst scenario is executing the innocent
Would, therefore, look for "realistic solutions"
Believes strongly President's plan likely to be right
Society has the right to be protected
"Life" sentence will mean literally life
Strongly supports death penalty for remorseless, major crimes
State has the right to protect itself against those who oppose it
Execution for murderers and would-be's is "reasonable"
But agrees that criteria should be "exacting"
Mixed views; supports in principle, but would moderate strongly
Views it as "unnecessary"
Would hold a plebiscite on the matter
Executing society cannot be called "modern"
Would outlaw penalty altogether, enshrined in constitution
Hope's "culture of life" cannot co-exist with execution
Best
Quote(s)
"[I would] make the penalty available, but make the legal evidence requirements exacting -- not to obstruct the justice process and frustrate the proponents of the death penalty, but to ensure that ONLY those about whom we have absolutely no shred of doubt are guilty, are executed." "I believe that we should calm the rhetoric down and look for realistic solutions we can all agree on. I think the President's plan has a strong sense of being right about it." "You belong to society as much as you belong to yourself. If you murder, rape and steal, without remorse, since there cannot be banishment anymore, we do reserve the right to remove you from society, permanently." "Execution of those who inflict or would inflict the very same on others is a perfectly rational and reasonable action." "I believe that in a modern society, with many options for punishment available, the death penalty is an unnecessary throw-back to our past." "How can any nation, any people, who take the life of even the worst of our society consider themselves to be a modern society?"
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Edited extract:

OKARVITS: My plan is open and well known, and represents the best solution to a difficult situation. On one hand, we have people who want to see life taken from dozens of the country's worst criminals, while others view taking the life of even such men by the state as nothing more than murder. Both sides use the Good Book as the basis of their justification, and I believe this is sensible.

My proposal is to take the sacred texts at their word, and reintroduce the ancient traditions of our people: to make the penalty available, but make the legal evidence requirements exacting -- not to obstruct the justice process and frustrate the proponents of the death penalty, but to ensure that ONLY those about whom we have absolutely no shred of doubt are guilty, are executed.

HOPE: I would have to agree with the President's sage advice, here... I have no reservations about executing the guilty, but I also want to be absolutely certain that the state is only executing those who are, without doubt guilty. I think the worst case scenario for Utania is that we find that we have executed someone that is innocent.

I believe that we should calm the rhetoric down and look for realistic solutions we can all agree on. I think the President's plan has a strong sense of being right about it.

LANGLEY: Society must have the right to be protected.

You belong to society as much as you belong to yourself. If you murder, rape and steal, without remorse, since there cannot be banishment anymore, we do reserve the right to remove you from society, permanently.

I also strongly support the idea that a life sentence means precisely that: "life". Not twenty years, not thirty or forty. Life means life.

If you forfeit your rights within society, if you raise your finger at this nation, at the people, and at our government through your crimes, live your days in expection that the state will respond, with the fullest force available to it!... Society will not suffer victimhood under my Presidency."

BOORNAL: The right of the state to protect itself from the worst offenders, those who stand in opposition to our very society, must be paramount. And execution of those who inflict or would inflict the very same on others is a perfectly rational and reasonable action."

TALIN: How can any nation, any people, who take the life of even the worst of our society consider themselves to be a "modern" society?

If elected President, the death penalty will not only be outlawed, I will work toward having its prohibition enshrined in the very constitution of this nation. For if we believe, as Gov. Hope suggests when he campaigns, in a culture of life, then we certainly cannot run about executing those we consider undesirable!

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