There is a great deal about the United States that would puzzle not only a visitor from Mars, but any person with a room temperature IQ and the ability to stand back for a minute and take a good look at things as they actually are.
For instance a judge in Nebraska just ruled that the electric chair is unconstitutional there, on grounds that it causes “intense pain and agonizing suffering.” Efforts to replace the chair with lethal injection have so far failed, however, leaving the Nebraska governor wringing his unbloodied hands in frustration.
Other governors in other states are facing similar but different dilemmas, posed by death penalty opponents who argue that lethal injection is equally cruel and unusual, as it too can cause intense pain and agonizing suffering. So what is a poor governor to do? What’s the use of being a governor anyway if you can’t even kill people?
As it happens a great deal of field work has been carried out on this very problem, particularly during World War II and today in peacetime China. Over and over, the cheapest, quickest, most efficient, and most humane way to execute human beings has proven to be a bullet in the back of the head. (The guillotine is second best, but leaves a mess.)
So wake up, America. Your problem has already been solved. And if you want to tie a ribbon around the package, take the Mafia’s advice: two in the head and you know they’re dead.