Today, an article I wrote was published in the Bell Towers. It covered how and why Nebraska repealed the death penalty and what Nebraska’s example means at the national level. I said,
Before a bill can reach the governor’s desk in the Cornhusker State, the measure must be voted upon three times, and three times Nebraska legislators voted overwhelmingly to abolish capital punishment, even defeating a filibuster. As promised, Governor Ricketts vetoed the bill, prompting a showdown between the conservative legislature and the governor’s office. On Wednesday May 27th, 16 Republican senators joined their colleagues on the left to override the governor’s veto to once and for all eliminate the death penalty.
Conservatives across the nation have been increasingly opposing the death penalty because it violates many of our foundational principles, namely valuing life, fiscal responsibility, and limited government.
Nebraska represents proof of a shift in conservative movement, and I closed by writing,
Nebraska is proof that there is a new wave of conservatism, choosing traditional principles over petty politics. Nebraska has also demonstrated that the American political system isn’t irrevocably broken and that the left and the right can still work together to achieve common goals.