In this heated context, Justice Alito held, remarkably, that the constitutionality of a specific drug depends on its availability; since the state has to find some way of carrying out executions, Justice Alito reasoned, a faulty one is better than none at all.
There is a certain amount of barbarity necessary to take another person’s life. Enough that, in many cases, we punish that barbarity by performing the same barbarity on the perpetrator of these heinous crimes.
In modern times, we’ve tried to temper that barbarism with some compassion. Until now. Justice Alito has made it clear that his belief is the goal (dead bad guy) justifies the means (whatever necessary) regardless of the effect on our societal soul.
That 2016 election (and it’s included Supreme Court nominations) keeps getting more and more important.