L. Neil Smith's
THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE
Number 117, April 16, 2001
"Declare The Pennies On Your Eyes"
by Bill St. Clair
Special to TLE
I've been reading Lever Action: Essays on Liberty by L. Neil Smith, which I got as a bonus for subscribing to Vin Suprynowicz's Privacy Alert newsletter. I highly recommend both of them. Go to www.thespiritof76.com/privacyalert.html to get your very own copy and subscription.
I had grown complacent of late, having not remembered for a while that "Bill and his boys killed 82 people at Waco--22 of them innocent helpless little children." L. Neil reminded me, and the whole thing came back in dying color.
I had an idea a while back that I almost wrote down, but couldn't bring myself to share, but it's back with a vengeance, so I've gotta get it off my chest. I doubt I can let Waco rest until every federal agent on the ground on April 19, 1993, and everyone in each chain of command, including Janet Reno and William Jefferson Clinton, is tried for crimes against humanity, and until those who are found guilty by a jury of twelve are executed for their crimes. I'm not going to hold my breath for this to happen, but there's no statute of limitations on murder, so we've got 20 or 30 years before the vermin die of natural causes. I can wait.
Once we manage to bring them to trial and convict a good number, say one or two hundred, we've got to come up with a suitable method of execution. No needle in the arm in the privacy of a penitentiary for these mass murderers. It's gotta be good.
My sense of justice suggests a death similar to what they imposed on the Branch Davidians. Build a wooden structure large enough to house them all, lock them inside with just enough water to stay alive for a week, keep them awake with the screams of dying rabbits, then gas and burn 'em. Mow down escapees with automatic weapons fire.
This satisfies my sense of justice, but noone, not even these slime, deserves such a death. Talk about your cruel and unusual punishment.
So what's the normal way to execute war criminals? A firing squad of course. And we can very easily turn it into a fund raiser for the survivors and family of the victims. Sell $100 raffle tickets to choose the riflemen and riflewomen who off the scum. I'd pay that in an instant for a chance to put a bullet into one of these baby killers. I'll bet there are at least 100,000 others who would join in.
A cool $10 million. Give each shooter an army surplus rifle with an engraved label commemorating the festivities ("This weapon was used to execute Janet Reno on April 19, 2003"), and one cartridge to fire on the joyous day. Imagine showing your grandchildren one of these.
It'll be quite a party. Let's say we convict 100 mass murderers. At 5 shooters apiece, this makes 500 happy winners. The other raffle ticket holders gain admission to watch the affair live, after a second drawing to reduce their number to the stadium's capacity. At least one of the TV networks will want to broadcast it. Think of the advertising revenue! Maybe we can get the Goodyear blimp. Line up the shooters 10 wide and 50 deep on the field. Let the fascists fall two-by-two to save time. With some practice we can probably get it down to three minutes for each ready-aim-fire; two-and-a-half hours of play. Ted Nugent at half time?
I hate that I can imagine ending 100 semi-human lives this way, but there's something about burning babies alive... Once the offal are eradicated, I hope that I can let it rest.
Hmm, maybe not. After this, my thoughts will turn to justice for the millions of lives that have been ended or ruined by drug warriors. What's the proper restitution for kidnapping and 10 years of lost liberty?