John David Dyche is well-known as a conservative Republican, especially by readers of his columns in the The Courier-Journal and the local Fox television station.
His recent column, “Conservatives Against the death penalty,” praises Republican State Representatives, David Floyd and Julie Raque Adams, for filing a bill to repeal the death penalty and keep in place life without parole.
He notes that the U. S. Supreme Court has not yet declared it an unconstitutional practice, and then adds,
But just because a practice passes constitutional muster does not make it a good idea. Many conservatives are coming to realize that the death penalty is a bad one.
He goes on to speak about Conservatives Concerned About The Death Penalty and quotes from several well-known conservatives who oppose state-sanctioned killing.
At the end he writes:
As we have seen on issues like gay marriage, public attitudes can change rapidly on even hot button topics. To paraphrase Victor Hugo, there is nothing so powerful as an idea whose time has come.
Abolition of the death penalty is such an idea, and its time has come for conservatives. Kentuckians owe a debt of gratitude to the conservative leaders like Floyd and Adams who are taking action on the issue.
You can listen to him and read the text of his column by clicking here.
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