Remember how I referred to the GOP as the “cult of death?” 

Courtesy of NBC News:

Attorney General William Barr has ordered the reinstatement of the federal death penalty after a 16-year pause, the Department of Justice announced Thursday.

Barr also directed the Federal Bureau of Prisons to schedule the executions of five death-row inmates convicted of murder, the Justice Department said in a news release.

The executions are slated to take place in December 2019 and January 2020.

“Congress has expressly authorized the death penalty through legislation adopted by the people’s representatives in both houses of Congress and signed by the President,” Barr said in a statement.

“The Justice Department upholds the rule of law — and we owe it to the victims and their families to carry forward the sentence imposed by our justice system,” he added.

The last federal execution occurred in 2003, when Louis Jones Jr. was put to death for raping and murdering a 19-year-old female soldier.

It is common to want somebody to suffer, or even die, for horrendous criminal behavior.

However as a nation we should be above all of that and instead be able to incarcerate dangerous people in order to keep the rest of our citizens safe without resorting to government sanctioned murder. 

Having said that the idea that this administration would return to such barbaric practice is in no way surprising.