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Audience Cheers Perry’s Death Penalty Record

One of the most appalling moments of Monday’s Republican presidential debate was when the moderator asked a question about Rick Perry’s death penalty record. And when he mentioned how many executions had taken place under his watch, the audience cheered loudly. Balko’s response is perfect:

They enthusiastically applaud government executions. And they’re certain government is incompetent, except when it comes to bombing foreigners, torturing Muslims, and killing guilty people, in which cases government is always, 100 percent, how-dare-you-even-ask-questions correct.


And Perry’s claim that Texas has so many checks in place that it’s impossible for an innocent man to be executed is well beyond ridiculous.

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  1. The Lorax says

    Quick! Someone give him a list of the people who were on death row who were found innocent!

    What? You mean he won’t even read it?

    … yeah, good point.

    You know, maybe we -should- just kick Texas out of the union… You guys want to secede? … Good luck!

  2. matty1 says

    I think you should give them back to Mexico, you know the annexation was never really fair to start with.

  3. says

    Matty1 says:

    I think you should give them back to Mexico, you know the annexation was never really fair to start with.

    Good point! They should show us their documentation! Otherwise they’re not real ‘murricans!

  4. says

    You know, maybe we -should- just kick Texas out of the union… You guys want to secede? … Good luck!

    Since I’m typically slow on non-blog news cycles, make doubly sure to warn me if it’s taking place, since Perry and friends would probably outlaw my atheism, and I’d have to illegally emigrate before the torches and pitchforks get to me.

  5. Michael Heath says

    My stomach cringed when the applause rang out. Especially since there wasn’t much applause for most of the debate which further distinguished this reaction.

    My stomach cringed again when Brian Williams lazily and cowardly failed to put forth the fact that’s its very likely the Mr. Perry knowingly executed an innocent man, letting the governor off scot-free. So Perry was able to defend his record without having to actually confront it. Of course if Mr. Williams would have actually done his job, Newt Gingrich would have been even more annoyed the liberal media was using facts to make Republicans look bad. [Gingrich earlier complained because the moderators were asking one candidate to comment on the horrendous record of Mr. Perry on things like education and the lack of access to health insurance.]

  6. rork says

    I’ve been a bit worried about loosing our ban on death penalty here in Michigan some day, since our state constitution, like a tattered rag, can change direction with every change of the wind. And there’s been roadkill upwind lately.
    Tell me not to worry.

  7. Hercules Grytpype-Thynne says

    Quick! Someone give him a list of the people who were on death row who were found innocent!

    The applause at the debate shows that maybe it wasn’t just some random crazy in a focus group who thinks that “It takes balls to execute an innocent man.”

    Ladies and Gentlemen, this is your modern Republican Party.

  8. unbound says

    To answer “The Lorax”, there are 6 executed in Texas that were very likely innocent (http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/executed-possibly-innocent) since 1976.

    I didn’t watch the debate, but saw the video on The Daily Show last night. Even before Jon Stewart said anything, I got a strong chill from the applause. Jon Stewart pointed out that the audience was pretty well to do, so it’s not like we can point to generally ignorant people.

    I haven’t been this scared about the general population since 2002 when most thought it was a good idea to invade Iraq, and raising any objections at that time would likely get you into a fist fight.

  9. says

    rork writes:

    I’ve been a bit worried about loosing our ban on death penalty here in Michigan some day, since our state constitution, like a tattered rag, can change direction with every change of the wind. And there’s been roadkill upwind lately.
    Tell me not to worry.

    Don’t worry. If you haven’t done anything naughty, you don’t have anything to worry about. Right? RIGHT?

  10. teawithbertrand says

    I watched the entire debate, and this was the biggest jaw drop for me.

    First of all, Google Cameron Todd Willingham, Governor. Didn’t I just read an article about that man last weeek?

    Second, if you’re executing more criminals than any other state, shouldn’t you be asking yourself why you have so many goddamned killers running around? Shouldn’t you be taking real steps to reduce crime rates instead of fighting murder with murder? 234 dead inmates is probably Rick Perry’s greatest accomplishment as governor. Sad.

    Third, the applause of that audience tells you all you need to know about them. These are the same folks that lost all respect for Huntsman the minute he said that maybe evolution and climate change really exist. That which is repulsive or regrettable to most of us is exactly what turns these folks on, and Pery knows it.

  11. says

    Second, if you’re executing more criminals than any other state, shouldn’t you be asking yourself why you have so many goddamned killers running around?

    Texans have more testosterone. That’s just a true fact.

    (Not intended to be a factual statement)

  12. Hercules Grytpype-Thynne says

    I accidentally an innocent man. Is that bad?

    Well, it would make more sense if it had a verb in it.

  13. laughingmadly says

    the part of the clip that hit me the most was when Perry says “when you come into our state…” and kill “one of our citizens”, implying that its not native Texans who are killing people, real Texans aren’t murders, all those killers being executed are from other other places coming into Texas just to kill good god fearing Texans. that’s what i hear in what hes saying. that “othering” of people can be a really scary mindset, outsiders are inherently dangerous and a threat, that’s the language he is using. hes not really talking about the justice and death row systems in Texas and its inherent problems or the social problems that are contributing to crime rates in his fine state or anything relevant to the issue, he is shifting the blame out on to the mysteriousness and dangerous “other” and positioning himself as the defender of his people against this “other”. also, i’m just stretching my limited brain to remember this, but wasn’t the Texas justice system in hot water a while ago for putting mentally challenged people on death row and up for execution?

    makes a person wonder how many people Perry has (apparently) happily executed just for being from somewhere else or not fully capable of defending themselves (i have no data for this, just a concern that crosses the mind based on his rhetoric)

  14. fastlane says

    all those killers being executed are from other other places coming into Texas just to kill good god fearing Texans.

    Given the TX governor, can you blame the ‘others’?

  15. tomh says

    Hercules Grytpype-Thynne wrote:
    The applause at the debate shows that maybe it wasn’t just some random crazy…

    By no means is it just some random crazies who think it’s OK if an innocent person gets executed now and then. There are at least two voices on the Supreme Court who have no problem with it. After all, in the Troy Davis case, Scalia (joined by Thomas) wrote, “This court has never held that the Constitution forbids the execution of a convicted defendant who has had a full and fair trial but is later able to convince a court that he is ‘actually’ innocent.”

    Expect appointees with views similar to Scalia from a President Perry.

  16. D. C. Sessions says

    Repeat: I accidentally an innocent man. Is that bad?

    That you’re accidentally innocent? I would have hoped it was intentional.

    Or if I missed the “killed” or “executed,” then I would guess in Perry’s case that it was negligent, not accidental.

  17. imthegenieicandoanything says

    Perry is a proud murderer, and murdered for the worst of reasons.

    And those who cheered him are so blindly stupid they have become essentially evil.

    What god do they worship? One that requires human sacrifice, and who wants them to watch.

    I have never been ashamed to be an American until the effects of the 2000 election became clear: America is populated by a large percentage of immoral, murdering monsters. If only they were simple zombies!

  18. joemac53 says

    I have always been in favor of a death penalty-if I was the only one who was in charge of it. I don’t trust anyone else to make such a big decision (not even Ed, for whom I have the greatest respect) . I may not even trust myself.

  19. dingojack says

    joemac53 – “I have always been in favor of a death penalty… I don’t trust anyone else to make such a big decision… I may not even trust myself.”

    I wouldn’t trust anyone who likes the idea of killing another human being, especially when considering giving them that power.
    Dingo

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