| 13 Dec 2005 @ 02:59, by Jose Overalles|
I don't like it. I'm against it. People who are for it will often ask,
well, what if you or your family were the victim of a killer? Wouldn't
you be for it then? Probably. But, so far, so good for us, we haven't
been hurt in that way thank God, If something like that happened to my
people, I would be thinking from a very emotional state. The government
should, SHOULD be operating from a rational state though. Shouldn't be in
the revenge business. Should be above that. Because if that is a final
solution for a government then it follows that it may be right for an
individual. Or that's how the thinking could go, followed to it's logical
I've got no sympathy for Tookie Williams. He's a murderer. He wasn't
just convicted on the say of a jailhouse snitch. There were many witnesses .
He did some terrible things. He gunned down and killed four people, People
who weren't even resisting. I've got no sympathy for the fellow. He gets a
last meal, and all kinds of appeals he's gone through. He didn't even give
the people he shot with his shotgun those rights. What a terrible thing to
make a cause to end the death penalty with a guy like this. I don't care
how many kids books he's written. His crime turns my stomach. But still,
to me, it's wrong to execute him. And I do believe in redemption.
I do have some empathy for him. I can't imagine the incremental horror he
goes through, as each chance for a reprieve drifts away from him, and the
final hours become minutes. That is one hell of a horror, and I have a hard
time dealing with even thinking about that. I can't imagine the thoughts of
the guys who built this chamber, the men who will strap him down, the guy
that will flip that switch, the judges who have decided live or die, or
how it all ends up on the governor's shoulders at the end. Then there is his
mother, and any other people close to him. And us who have to endure it just
by hearing of it, and if we have any empathy, putting ourselves in any of
those people's places.
I think they should televise these things. Up close in the eyes, see the
terror folks, with smellovision. The terror he would have seen in his victim's eyes when he
killed them. The ones he didn't shotgun from behind. You want to kill folks?
Don't do it behind a steel shutter, with an exaust fan to suck away the smell
of death after the deed is done. Show it all. Look at what we are doing.