Jerry Kilgore has invoked Hitler in the race for Virginia Governor against Democrat Tim Kaine. Kaine is against the death penalty because he has deeply held religious beliefs and his church prohibits the taking of life. Kilgore flouts his religious teachings and has a blood-lust for death so severe that even knowing innocent people have been put to death in Virginia does not give him pause.
Kilgore, with his obsession to kill people, can count himself as one of the Americans who are out front on the death penalty issue –where the only countries still doing it are barbaric dictatorships like Iran, Saudi Arabia, and North Korea.
Kaine pledged to carry out death sentences in Virginia “because it’s the law,” just as any anti-choice Republican, save Roy Moore, would carry out the laws providing the right for a woman to choose when to end her pregnancy. But that is not good enough for the death-obsessed Jerry Kilgore.
In a political hit piece he suggests Kaine “would not favor sending even Adolph Hitler . . . to the gallows.” One commercial states: “Tim Kaine says Adolph Hitler doesn’t qualify for the death penalty. This was one of the worst mass murderers in modern times.”
Aside from trivializing the holocaust, Kilgore completely misses the mark when referring to Hitler. Tim Kaine is a religious man who does not believe in taking life under any circumstance. Kaine is also an officer of the court who has upheld Virginia law for decades without a hitch. Kilgore is a hypocrite who accepts church teaching when it comes to prohibiting a woman from ending her pregnancy –but thumbs his nose in the church’s face when it comes to putting living, breathing human beings to death.
Hitler was a madman who gave the death penalty to millions and like Kilgore, did not care that innocent lives were taken. Kilgore’s obsession with the death penalty has led to a disproportianate number of blacks and other minorities being put to death in Virginia. If there is any comparison to Hitler, it is Kilgore’s blood-thirsty nature and his obsession with death, which makes him similar to the despot –in that neither of them gave it a second thought to condemn a human bring to death, even if there is a chance they were innocent, even though the ultimate penalty was being applied mostly to certain minority groups, and even if their religion expressly forbid such a barbaric act.