Incompetent Elected Official Of The Month: Wyoming State Sen. Lynn Hutchings (R-Cheyenne)

Why is she incompetent? Because, based on this statement in support of capital punishment, she’s a complete idiot, devoid of critical thinking skills, logical mental processes, and the sense God gave a toaster. I’m not speaking metaphorically here. Anyone who would make this argument would lose a game of Scrabble to a pork chop.

Senator Hutchings said, and I’m not making this up,

“The greatest man who ever lived died via the death penalty for you and me. I’m grateful to him for our future hope because of this. Governments were instituted to execute justice. If it wasn’t for Jesus dying via the death penalty, we would all have no hope.”

Oh! Then I’m convinced! Why didn’t I think of that?

Does this mean that because arguably the greatest American, Abraham Lincoln, was assassinated, we should support assassination? Never mind, if I get started, my head will explode. Hutchings manages to make Christians, Republicans and Wyoming citizens seem too dumb to live, in three sentences.

Cheyenne citizens actually elected this dolt to represent them.

I don’t want to think about this one any more.

12 thoughts on “Incompetent Elected Official Of The Month: Wyoming State Sen. Lynn Hutchings (R-Cheyenne)

  1. The comparison of Jesus being crusified with death row inmates is an interesting one: Does that mean that one the third day after their execution that they will be walking around talking to their disciples?

  2. As an Evangelical Christian, her elementary level thought process embarrasses me. Does she really think that was a good argument? Or was she doing some religious political grandstanding?

    Even though I disagree, I could at least cut some slack to someone using it as an argument against lethal punishment – a good and righteous man sentenced to die for ruffling feathers of political leaders.

  3. Well . . . that is an interesting interpretation of the Crucifixion. Jesus dies on the cross, not to reconcile Man and God and open the Gates of Heaven, but to . . . justify . . . lethal . . . injec . . . tion? Hmmm . . . I don’t remember Aquinas saying such a thing.


  4. I’m sorry that my comments are mostly about the clips, but ….

    I’m amazed that Murder By Death is so little remembered today. It has a fabulous cast (good heavens … Niven, Smith, Falk, Sellers, Coco and more!), and a Neil Simon script. And it’s funny.

    The Sellers quip above is something I quoted throughout all of high school. It didn’t always render me popular….

  5. Ack! Not my state!

    Actually, from what our local representative says about what transpires for legislative sessions in Cheyenne, we could fill Ethics Alarms from Wyoming politicians alone. On the on the other hand, our squabbles tend to be fairly petty compared to the items making national headlines…

    The argument that Christ dying capital punishment somehow justifies the use of capital punishment is an odd one that apparently crops up among talented Catholic apologists. The idea that God ratifies capital punishment because God endured to die on the cross seems to fail to take into account several important items. The first is that, as Aquinas tells us, God permits evil only insomuch as he can draw a greater good out of it. So yes, God is willing to allow some great evil to occur because he can not only redeem that evil, but make something greater out of it. But the key here is that we are talking about evil. If God permitting something means that God endorses something, then we would have God endorsing evil. (I could do a longer aside about those who believe that God actively creates evil, but that would indeed be a longer aside.)

    The second item is that Christ’s death on the cross, though he willingly accepted to die for the sins of the world, was a gross injustice. “So the son of man goes, as it is written, but woe to him by whom he is betrayed…” In the case of the crucifixion, we truly have beyond the shadow of a doubt a perfectly innocent man condemned to die out of malice. If anything, this is an argument to abolish the death penalty. Yes, God drew the greatest good out of the greatest evil committed by man, but we have to understand that condemning Jesus to die was indeed a great evil. It is simply a gross fallacy to argue the goodness of action by citing the abuse of that action as justification. It would be like arguing to keep pharmaceutical opioids on the market because of all the lives destroyed by opioid addiction.

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