There are miserably shameful people in the world; there are people who sell drugs to kids, there are violent criminals who break into houses and steal life fortunes, and there are scam artists who prey upon the weak and elderly. And then there is Texas governor Rick Perry.
Yes, this is the same Rick Perry who did a flirtatious square dance with "secessionism" back in April when Obama was working on the federal stimulus plan, then had the sickening audacity to request 850,000 vials of anti-viral medication from the government. We all knew he was an asshole's asshole, but all that pales in comparison to what he is now: a FUCKING MURDERER.
Anybody who knows me understands one thing: I do not fuck around with the death penalty. I find it positively disgusting that we live in a country that kills its own people; the very existence of corporal punishment sends a subconscious message from the top down to all Americans: "go ahead and kill your neighbor." And we do.
I don't give a flying fuck about the popularity of the death penalty - slavery, bloodletting and Milli Vanilli were popular too. A horrifying concept endorsed by 48% of Americans is still a horrifying idea. And don't start with the "deterrent" reasoning or "what if it was your daughter" bullshit. I'm simply not going to hear logic formed from the hate center of anyone's reptilian hindbrain.
My reasons for opposing the death penalty are frighteningly simple: human beings are flawed instruments of judgment, and therefore cannot be allowed to put someone to death in our courts. It was only a matter of time before innocent men start getting executed. And Exhibit A, the poster child for irredeemable fuck-ups, is the miserable sack of shit Rick Perry.
This very short video from the New Yorker shows the man Perry put to death and why it was a travesty:
Put simply, a fire started in a home, like they do every day, only this time, Cameron T. Willingham was forced to watch as the flames consumed his three daughters. Then he was convicted of murder by arson, using testimony from a fire marshal that was "hardly consistent with a scientific mind-set and is more characteristic of mystics or psychics". Then Willingham was put in prison for thirteen years. Despite expert testimony stating clearly that subsequent tests proved the fire was not arson, Rick Perry didn't even respond to the appeal. Then Cameron T. Willingham was killed by lethal injection. The end.
Flash forward to last week: the Texas Forensic Science Commission scheduled a meeting to go over the Willingham case, in order to determine if an innocent man had been killed. Rick Perry had tried to defund the committee before, but now he pulled the ultimate move: he fired 3 of the 4 members and put a political ally in charge, saying it was "business as usual". You bet it was, you lizard-hearted fuck.
Texas is a pretty place, and I like a lot of people there. Tessa's awesome mom is in San Antonio, and we're going to see her next weekend. But part of me is nauseated by actually spending money in a state that would elect such a man to represent them. Texas kills so many of its own people each year, you'd think they were selling the meat.
The facts are simple: a man was wrongly convicted and sentenced to death. Either Rick Perry was too stupid to know the sentence was bogus, and just loves him a killin'... or he knew it was a sham, but didn't want to appear "weak" to his loyal base of frothing wingnuts, and sanctioned the execution of an innocent man. Then, when actual scientists convened to research the case, he disposed of them. It would be rage-blindingly infuriating, if it weren't so unrelentingly sad.
Sometimes I hope religious people actually get the afterlife they believe in. That way, when Rick Perry finally drops to the ground from a coronary caused by too much brisket, he is whisked straight to Hell, where he can be eternally strapped to a lethal injection table, and forced to watch Cameron T. Willingham play with his children while the poison slowly fills his brain. I mean, eye for an eye, right?Posted by Ian Williams at October 13, 2009 11:19 PM