Obama's final year to-do list include death penalty review

President Obama’s final months in office are going to unleash what many are anticipating will be a torrent of aggressions.  He’s got an agenda, and we all know what it is.  With that in mind, this headline caught my eye: “Obama struggles with stance on the death penalty.”

Brace yourselves for another “evolution,” such as he had on gay marriage.  In this case, his true, long-held beliefs against the death penalty will come to light.  And so he has started to introduce language that opens the door.  The AP reports that “Obama has hinted that his support for capital punishment is eroding, but he has refused to discuss what he might call for.”  According to Obama: “I have not traditionally been opposed to the death penalty in theory, but in practice it’s deeply troubling.”

Obama also claims he was influenced by the pope’s remarks this past September, when the pope spoke before Congress and said the United States should abolish the death penalty.  Boy, did the pope ever hand the left a boatload of validation for all manner of things during that visit.

Meanwhile, no discussion on such a topic would be complete without Hillary Clinton weighing in, pandering to the black community, hoping to score points along the way: “We have a lot of experience now that the death penalty has been too frequently applied and, very unfortunately, oftentimes in a discriminatory way. So I think we have to take a hard look at it.”

This issue is extraordinarily serious, particularly with respect to sentencing terrorists, as the AP report notes:

White House officials caution that any presidential statement disputing the effectiveness or constitutionality of the death penalty would have legal consequences.

For example, would the administration then commute the sentences of the 62 people currently on federal death row to life in prison?

Every lawyer representing a death row inmate would make that case in an appeal, said Douglas Berman, criminal law professor at Ohio State University's Moritz College of Law. Among those inmates: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, convicted of murder in the Boston Marathon bombing.

"There's not been a president who in the modern use of the federal death penalty has indicated a disaffinity for it," Berman said. "And if this one were to say, 'I don't think it's something we ought to be doing,' that's a policy statement and personal statement, but it is also one that indisputably would be put in the legal papers and would require courts to grapple with its significance."

If Obama went further, perhaps formalizing the federal freeze, it could affect other major terrorism cases. The Justice Department has yet to decide whether to seek the death penalty in the prosecution of the man charged in the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, for example.

So we don’t fight jihadists with any conviction.  We are poised to admit Middle Eastern Muslims en masse.  We prosecute terrorists as if they were garden-variety criminals.  We release jihadists from Gitmo.  And now the president and the Democratic frontrunner for president are setting out on the path to ease the public into the idea that we should abolish the death penalty and likely give life back to those who stole so many.

Sounds about right for the left.

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