So where does this logic end anyway? Does ANY punishment or government authority create fear in the citizens?
And again, this is an isolated punishment, only murderers need to be afraid of it. It's not the nature of the punishment that submits citizens into fear or thier government it's the centeralization of the system, i.e. authoritarian communist states or fascist dictatorships. It's the fear of unchecked power, not the severity of issued punishments.
I don't think twice about anything when I see a cop, I have nothing to hide from them.I mean on a smaller scale, how many people actually see a cop car and think "oh good, if there's a cop around I'm safe"?
GOOD! Thier purpose is effective then.personally I think "sheet, sheet, how fast am I going?"
Then what the hell are they? Drinking buddies?government and authority shouldn't be viewed as punitive or disciplinary figures
To protect liberty from those who wish to violate others. Ontop of that list is murderers.--at least, not first and foremost. hopefully citizens remember that gov't is here primarily to serve.
Do you really think the difference between the death penalty and life in prison is causing the average person who might have accidently forgot to put thier seat belt on or is speeding or something to think when they see a cop "OH MY GOD I"AM GONNA DIE, TEH GOVENMENTS GONNA KILL ME! MUST....SUBMIT...ALL....WILL.....TO AUTHORITY!"