Re: the death penalty:
Something that I remember from an interview Susan Sarandon did when she was promoting “Dead Man Walking” all those years ago… and I’ve never forgotten this, it was so powerful. She was driving in the car with her then young little girl who, if memory serves, was around 7 years old at the time. Ms. Sarandon was discussing the new film she was working on, trying to explain to this child what the death penalty meant. Having done the best that she could, explaining that capital punishment means the state putting someone to death who commits murder, they kept driving for a few minutes in silence. Her little girl, not quite satisfied, looked at her and questioned, “Well then, who puts the state to death?”
Out of the mouth of babes.