Phil Wyman is a Republican candidate running for Attorney General in the Golden State, and he's proposing that "state lawmakers who are found guilty of crimes that endanger the lives of others should face the death penalty" as reported by The Associated Press: "Wyman . . . said he was motivated by the case of Democratic Sen. Leland Yee" who "faces federal charges that include an attempt to coordinate an international gun-running scheme from the Philippines."
This blog long has called for the death penalty against government officals upon their criminal convictions. The real threat to the United States is not from the occasional terrorist but the pervasive corruption that undermines the public's faith in its governing institutions. Bribe-taking politicians, evidence-planting cops and case-fixing judges do far more damage to the United States than any bomb-making terrorist ever could hope to inflict. Corruption of the government is tantamount to treason against the nation, and the death penalty is warranted for both crimes.
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