Amanda Marcotte: Rick Perry executes justice, Texas-style

Sep 13, 2011 Full story: Guardian Unlimited

Perry may have lost no sleep over Texas's 234 executions during his tenure, but the death penalty panders to crude bloodlust Rick Perry said in the Republican presidential debate last week that he'd 'never struggled' to sleep at night over the 234 executions carried out in Texas since he has been governor.

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Copperas Cove, TX

#1 Sep 13, 2011
"Rick Perry executes justice, Texas-style"
Tuesday 13 September 2011 15.15 BST

"Perry may have lost no sleep over Texas's 234 executions during his tenure, but the death penalty panders to crude bloodlust.

Perry's willingness to execute a man who was almost certainly innocent comes uncomfortably close to regressing to the days of human sacrifice.

Sacrificing an innocent man won't prevent other houses from accidentally catching fire and killing the innocent people inside, but it's clear that Perry will not hesitate to pander to voters who cling to hopes that periodic blood-letting will somehow save us all.

Being a native Texan with basic respect for modern civilisation means living in a constant state of low-grade humiliation, as the state's size provides an interrupted stream of news stories highlighting the cranks and Bible-thumpers who win state and local offices but a presidential campaign means exponentially expanding the amount of national and international attention paid to the streak of mean-spirited ignorance that rules Texas politics.

Chengdu, China

#2 Sep 14, 2011

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