The White House Weighs in on 'Botched Executions'
Recently, the Obama White House weighed in on the "botched execution" of Clayton Lockett, the 38-year-old man who was sentenced to die by lethal injection for the 1999 crime of shooting a 19-year-old woman in the head with a sawed-off shotgun and burying her alive after raping her friend.
According to eyewitnesses, “for three minutes after the first drugs were delivered Lockett struggled violently, groaned and writhed, lifting his shoulders and head from the gurney.”
In response, and on behalf of the man who has zero problem with letting babies die without warmth, hydration, or oxygen if born alive in a "botched" abortion, White House press secretary Jay Carney had this to say: “We have a fundamental standard in this country that even when the death penalty is justified, it must be carried out humanely. And I think everyone would recognize that this case fell short of that standard.”
Wait! Is the White House concerned that justified executions for crimes committed against innocent people be carried out humanely, but unconcerned that unjust executions carried out on helpless unborn babies be brutally administered as long as it gets the job done?
Lockett grimaced and tensed his body several times over a three-minute period before the execution was shielded from the press. After being declared unconscious ten minutes into the process, Lockett spoke at three separate moments. The first two were inaudible, however the third time he spoke; Lockett said the word ‘man.’
Clayton Lockett's lawyer, David Autry, described the execution as being “like torture. This was botched. It was difficult to watch.” After 43 minutes of writhing in pain, Lockett succumbed to a massive heart attack.
While capital punishment is certainly called for as justice for crimes such as the heinous one committed by Clayton Lockett against Stephanie Neiman, torturing someone to death isn’t something most Americans feel comfortable with.
Still, once again, an obvious double standard comes into play because some of those who support the scalding, dismembering, and suctioning with a vacuum aspirator of 3,000 unborn babies a day seem mortified over the manner of death endured by a cold-blooded killer.
As a result, those administering Lockett’s untested midazolam, vecuronium bromide, and potassium chloride cocktail are now being called bungling incompetents by death-penalty opponents.
Ironically, anti-capital punishment types are typically the ones standing on same side of the political aisle with those who lionize late-term abortion doctors like the late George Tiller, LeRoy Carhart (at whose hands two women have died as a result of botched abortions), Warren Hern of Colorado, and California executioners Susan Robinson and Shelley Sella.
Clayton Lockett may have endured 43 minutes of pain, but the same is certainly true for pre-born babies awaiting death on abortion row.
Supposedly to spare the fetus pain, late-term abortion doctors inject a lethal dose of digoxin through the mother’s abdominal wall into the fetus’s heart. The shot causes the condemned child to endure an agonizing fatal heart attack similar to the one Clayton Lockett experienced that reportedly caused his death.
Yet, to date, late-term abortion supporter Barack Obama’s spokesperson, Jay Carney, has not commented on the inhumane practice of ramming a needle through the beating heart of a fully formed viable human being.
Then again, this is a president who accused the Bush administration of losing its “moral bearings” for waterboarding terrorists in an effort to prevent another 9/11. That’s why it’s not surprising that Obama’s spokesperson would speak out on the president’s behalf, decrying a murderer’s suffering while funding and promoting the painful termination of over a million babies a year.
Speaking of 9/11, this administration talks about “fundamental standards” when it comes to executing a psychopath like Clayton Lockett. Meanwhile, Obama and company are trying to avoid discussing the torture and murder – i.e., "botched execution" – of an American ambassador to Libya, as well as the deaths of three other Americans. Not to mention pro-abortion advocate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton responding to questions about the massacre in Libya with the words “What difference, at this point, does it make?”
Obviously to Hillary, dead is dead, so “What difference, at this point, does it make?” should also apply to whatever took place that ended up with Mr. Lockett being zipped into a body bag.
And what about those who strongly condemn death by lethal injection as cruel but say nothing about U.S. military veterans slumped over in emergency rooms of veterans’ hospitals waiting to be seen, or cancer patients suddenly finding themselves facing excruciating misery after being dropped, unable to afford, or denied treatment thanks to newfangled quasi-socialized government altruism in the form of ObamaCare?
Taking all those travesties into consideration, it seems that even though Clayton Lockett was cruelly denied a high-priced steak dinner as his final meal, all in all, he had it much better than a pre-born child thrashing about in the womb for three days during a saline abortion.
Lockett also fared much better than poor Christopher Stevens, who was reportedly sodomized and tortured before possibly being given a lethal injection, which caused his death.
Ziva Branstetter of MSNBC said Lockett’s body was “sort of bucking. He was clenching his jaw,” which is probably how U.S. Navy veteran Thomas Breen suffered while dying of Stage 4 bladder cancer after waiting until it was too late for an appointment at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care System. Thomas’s daughter-in-law Sally said that “[a]t the end is when he suffered. He screamed. He cried… He cried in the kitchen right here. ‘Don't let me die.’”
Barack Obama, by way of Jay Carney, has expressed concern over a “fundamental standard” of humanity being applied to completely justified capital punishment. Maybe someday soon the president will also explain his callous dismissal of the inhumane manner of death suffered by those who are completely innocent.
Jeannie also hosts a blog at www.jeannie-ology.com.