Does the government have the right to impose the death penalty on someone? I don't think so. The problem with it is that it is a purely subjective moral judgement. The government shouldn't be in the business of subjective lawmaking, but instead protecting our rights. What greater infringement of our rights than the removal of life? I lone my power to the government, and contractually state that I will abide by the government's decisions. That is the origin of the government's power: the collection of power by mutual consent of the governed. I don't have the right to kill someone because I think it right. A mob doesn't either. So why is it that when the government, which is really simply an instrument used by all the individual members of society to protect their rights, decides to kill someone, it is okay? Essentially all that is happening is that instead of a small mob, we have a giant mob, one including everyone in the country, all saying that someone should be killed? What is the difference between a small mob and a big mob when it comes to our rights and morality? Nothing. A mob is a mob no matter how many people are in it. And thus the government does not have the right to kill anyone except in the direct defense of others. And thus the death penalty is wrong.