posted on Nov, 14 2012 @ 09:10 AM
Cruel and unusual punishment was in regard to the harsh sentencing for minor infractions brought to bare against the soldiery and sometimes citizenry
of the pre-American British colonies, especially in the more religious Northern colonies.
For instance, those caught stealing a loaf of bread from the baker could be thrown in the public stockade for days for everyone to see their pain and
hear their screams. They would die of thirst or from the weather unless the local public took pity on them and brought them food, water, and
clothing. Public floggings, (definitely disfiguring and sometimes till death) were a common sentence for more dangerous offenses. Then there's tar
and feathering, quartering, and I'm forgetting a few other forms of bizarre inhumane treatment that didn't fit the nature of the crime.
Given the context of what our forefathers meant by "cruel and unusual punishment", your thread tries to connect the sentencing of a woman holding a
sign on the street displaying that she is an idiot for one hour with being sentenced to a public beating/flogging while naked and thrown in the
stockade for days without food, water, or clothing.
If you are trying to connect the two, as similar in context, then what shall we make of those people wearing orange jumpsuits (with "county inmate"
printed on their backs) walking around on the side of the road picking up trash all day? I'm pretty sure they aren't part of a local charity
organisation or clean-up action committee. They even have cute color coated orange trashbags that match their clothing!...
The question is, does the punishment fit the crime? Lets see, she repeatedly and recklessly showed total disregard not only for the law but for
public safety. Her license should have been revoked. She should have had to spend time in jail in one of those cozy orange jumpsuits. Then instead
of picking up trash on the side of the highway she could hold up her idiot sign all day long in the cold.
All things considered, she got off light. Very light...