Perry on capital punishment

The repellent Brian Williams, exactly like his predecessor at NBC the repellent Tom Brokaw, puts out this big act that he’s just one of the common American people, an act he uses to advance contempt of the common American people and their traditional values (to the extent that they still have any after 50 years of modern liberal rule). That contempt was on display last night when he asked Gov. Perry about capital punishment in Texas (video clip):

WILLIAMS: Governor Perry, a question about Texas. Your state has executed 234 death row inmates, more than any other governor in modern times. Have you…


Have you struggled to sleep at night with the idea that any one of those might have been innocent?

PERRY: No, sir. I’ve never struggled with that at all. The state of Texas has a very thoughtful, a very clear process in place of which — when someone commits the most heinous of crimes against our citizens, they get a fair hearing, they go through an appellate process, they go up to the Supreme Court of the United States, if that’s required. But in the state of Texas, if you come into our state and you kill one of our children, you kill a police officer, you’re involved with another crime and you kill one of our citizens, you will face the ultimate justice in the state of Texas, and that is, you will be executed.

WILLIAMS: What do you make of…


What do you make of that dynamic that just happened here, the mention of the execution of 234 people drew applause?

PERRY: I think Americans understand justice. I think Americans are clearly, in the vast majority of cases, supportive of capital punishment.

It is very good to hear an American officeholder and presidential candidate speak this way. For as long as I can remember, even the supporters of capital punishment, such as George W. Bush, have defended it on the basis of “deterrence,” rather than of justice. But of course justice is the main issue. A person who has committed certain types of crimes should not continue to exist on this earth. It is justice to remove him from this earth, and the most terrible injustice to let him continue living among us.

Posted by Lawrence Auster at September 08, 2011 10:07 AM | Send

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