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  •  I guess the point is that guilt, innocence (0+ / 0-)

    or severity of crime matters little.  Governors, such as Governor Perry, are primarily involved in executions because they derive political benefit from them.

    I don't think Perry spends a lot of time thinking about the anguish that the victim went through or the justice of terminating the murderer's life.  This is a routine matter and the main consideration is a political one. In the same way, killing kittens would not be a big deal if there was public outrage and hate at kittens, and if dead kittens demonstrated that the person who ordered their demise was tough on crime.

    “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

    by ivorybill on Tue May 13, 2014 at 01:31:29 PM PDT

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    •  During the primary season (0+ / 0-)

      in 2012, when Perry was running, not long after the Willingham execution, a woman was asked what she would say about him if she knew he had ordered the execution of an innocent man. She replied that she thought it showed strength.

      We need a world in which we ask "What's happened to you?" more and "What's wrong with you?" less. (From a comment by Kossack nerafinator)

      by ramara on Tue May 13, 2014 at 05:14:02 PM PDT

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