"Let Tookie Fry!"
"Die! Die! Die!"
Judging from the sentiments being expressed by conservatives, if the upcoming possible execution of Tookie Williams' were to be made into a public event, it'd make millions. It would sell out in hours with huge crowds and standing-room only. No doubt that scalpers would make a ton of loot too. No doubt noted boxing boxing promoter and unashamed capitalist Don King would be somewhere in the midst trying to make a buck. Oh, what a grand day it would be!
And why not?
After all, That's how much of a spectacle Williams' has become and the scenario is apt for a conservative movement that wants Tookie Williams head on a platter for all to pass around and see.
And in their haste to see Tookie Williams dead conservatives have even resorted to acting like liberals. Really. They've used smear tactics to attack the Left's support of Williams', they've made up ridiculous arguments comparing Williams gang the Crips to the KKK, they've ignored the facts that the death is not a detterent to crime, that it is barbaric, that it has killed the innocent and that it is blatantly anti-God. They've done all of this under the guise that since Tookie Williams had no mercy on the 4 people he killed, then society should have no mercy on Tookie Williams.
But is all this hatred for Tookie really about the victims?
Because in most of the "Kill Tookie" tirades I've seen and read, the victims are barely mentioned and when they are they seem to be an afterthought.
Personally, I think its the Left's public support of Tookie Williams that has conservatives so bent out-of-shape. Like the celebrities that have come out from their mansions to support Tookie. some even going so far as to wishing that Williams is granted clemency. And of course, since the Left is always wrong, we conservatives must step up and defend ourselves. Nevermind, in this case, the victims, nevermind the fallacies of the death penalty, nevermind that only one family member of the victims has gone public with wanting Tookie Williams dead.
But when you're a conservative hypocrite, stuff like stone-cold facts are better left to be tucked in and dealt with later. Especially when you got another execution to take care of.
Yet again, this isn't about the victims.
The "Kill Tookie" circus is about a bunch of arbitrary death zealots who believe in applying "an eye for eye" when it comes to death, but not other crimes. The "Kill Tookie" circus is about a bunch of death zealots who ignore the poverty, despair and peer pressure that makes many kids join gangs. And the ignorance doesn't stop there.
They ignore that since 1973, according to the Washington-based Death Penalty Information Center, 122 people have been released from Death Row after evidence, increasingly DNA-based, exonerated them. Six of those exonerations occurred just last year. Illinois has gone from a moratorium to a complete clearing of Death Row. Since resuming capital punishment in 1977, Illinois has executed 12 -- but has seen 13 who were sentenced to die later exonerated, often with little time to spare. Even the death penalty zealots should be able to concur that where death is the outcome, that's an unacceptable error rate.
Conservatives are, for all intents and purposes, pro-life. Yet the death zealots refuse to see or note their own contradictions regarding the gift of life. Please tell me how a person who supports the death penalty because they feel that a person deserves to die is any different from a mother who aborts a baby because she feels that a baby shouldn't live because they will born with say, Down's Syndrome? The gift of life is not limited to the deserving. If so, there might only be a few thousand people deserving enough to live on the whole planet, including conservatives.
I dont care what the idiot celebrities think. I don't care about the books that Tookie williams has written. I don't care about who Tookie Williams has inspired to leave gangs. Tookie Williams was convicted of murder and for that he should rot in jail for the rest of his life. If Arnold Schwarzengger is a just man, if he's a man who follows his conscious, if he's a man who stands on principle, then he'd know that because the death penalty is wrong, even a scumbag like Tookie Williams should be able to live.