Thursday, September 8, 2011
Where are we as a people?
I'm probably in the mushy middle on the death penalty because it won't deter the criminals. I will more readily accept the verdict of guilty with positive DNA evidence. Having said that, I won't actively protest the death panel nor will I applaud it. I know it makes me a bleeding heart liberal but I don't believe we need to execute the mentally ill or minors; even though they commit crimes that might warrant it. I will also admit that I might be singing a different tune if one of my loved ones were the victim of a hideous crime.
Last Night,NBC’s Brian Williams began a question to Rick Perry, the Texas governor, this way: “Your state has executed two hundred and thirty-four death-row inmates, more than any other governor in modern times.” Before Williams could continue with the question, the audience at the Reagan Library broke into raucous cheers, perhaps the loudest ovation of the night. As evidenced by
the video I provided.
I know it's normal for wanting justice to prevail and to send a message that we will not tolerate capital murder but do you think it's appropriate for Californian’s to stand up and applaud for executions that were carried out in Texas? They don't know a thing about those executions.I believe we had a couple of cases that were controversial but we went ahead with the execution.
It might've been necessary to execute 234 people as the governor is proud to say, but he doesn’t really represent me because I'm not proud of that record. I don't judge the pro-death penalty people but I do think it's odd if they stand up and cheer as if it's a sporting event.
I guess when the audience applauded it stunned me ,like the time Congressman Joe Wilson blurted out to the president " You lie" at the State of the Union.
From Dick Cheney's book
You know how all republicans say that President Obama should listen to his commanders in the field... Not so when, Dick Cheney was secretary of defense. Dick Cheney deliberately kept Colin Powell from leading the charge against Saddam Hussein when Iraq invaded Kuwait. Colin Powell wasn't tough enough in Cheney's eyes because he cited several polls of Americans not being on board. Cheney thought public sentiment should never be considered because he knew best. Dick Cheney did not have any tolerance for skeptics or those with a different opinion.
I on page 200 and Dick Cheney has already fired two military commanders.