Wow… where to start
Death penalty: I honestly can’t say I agree with it. It’s an eye-for-an-eye remnant from ages past of unenlightened societies where the sole purpose is to exact vengeance for a perceived wrong. Being that we have exonerated hundreds of death row inmates with DNA evidence or additional information that has come to light amidst the appeals process, I don’t think it’s fair to say we should.
Prison crowding: the U.S. has double the per capita population in jail at over 2%. The next highest country is at 1%. It is because we persecute non-violent drug offenders and put them in jail instead of rehab. Once they go to prison, they have to join a gang to survive–where they ultimately commit more crimes. A harmless pothead often comes out a hardened gangster 5-10 years later… commits more crimes, goes right back in.
Abortion: Point 1– I know I’ll never convince you of this, but accidents happen. Even when using proper protection. These accidents can totally ruin peoples’ lives… cause them to drop out of college, force them away from their families, and lead them to financial ruin. Also, there are enough people in the world. I commend those who choose NOT to have kids (especially if they’re outright stupid).
Point 2– It’s not your body, it’s not your business. It might be against your religious principles, you might not agree with it, and you might not choose what many women do when put into that situation… but it doesn’t mean you have any right to decide for them. Circumstances are unique. And the freedom of choice is one of the many values that makes this country great.