I’m sorry. You can say that you will follow the law and impose the death penalty. That’s fine. But to say that you have never even struggled with the idea of taking those lives is morally depraved. Sick. Despicable. Inhuman. Disqualifying. Perry sounded absolutely proud of having signed the executions of 234 human beings. He sounded almost bloodthirsty. He didn’t just say it once; he elaborated about how terrific it was to carry out the laws of Texas. This is not a morally serious human being — or at least this answer did not make him sound like a morally serious person. A man of true faith would not necessarily agonize over the final decision not to commute a death sentence, but he would say a prayer, every single time, for guidance. He would approach his decision with humility.
I am offended. And I write this as somebody who agrees that the death penalty is an acceptable punishment for heinous crimes. I’m no crusader against the death penalty. But these are human beings whose lives are being snuffed out. They too are children of God. Perry certainly didn’t sound like he understands this.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?