Thursday, September 22, 2011

a lesson too hard for rick perry

with all the attention paid to the state-sanctioned murder of errants here in the good old USA this week, this expression of wisdom and rationality is beyond what rick perry and his blood-thirsty followers can ever hope to comprehend:
Victim's son objects as Texas sets execution in hate crime death | Reuters: "(Reuters) - As Texas prepares to execute one of his father's killers, Ross Byrd hopes the state shows the man the mercy his father, James Byrd Jr., never got when he was dragged behind a truck to his death.

"You can't fight murder with murder," Ross Byrd, 32, told Reuters late Tuesday, the night before Wednesday's scheduled execution of Lawrence Russell Brewer for one of the most notorious hate crimes in modern times.

"Life in prison would have been fine. I know he can't hurt my daddy anymore. I wish the state would take in mind that this isn't what we want.""
this man is one of the few who can fathom the difference between justice and revenge. while at a recent GOP presidential debate, the audience cheered wildly at the mere mention of executions, there is a part of the public that rejects glib responses to serious issues. thank goodness for that.

the US is over-enthusiastic about about irrevocable and extreme "solutions" to problems the culture itself has largely been responsible for creating in the first place. liberty, justice and opportunity are not equally available to all, nor are the remedies against those who manipulate the system for their own gain. even the celebration of state killing is a cynical manipulation of stupid and insensitive people who want quick and painless solutions to the things that gripe them.

as miserable as this entire execrable episode has been -- and the georgia execution as well -- at least there's a glimmer of something fine and humane in this otherwise rotten and demented society, as exemplified by ross byrd, jr.

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