You remember when I said “there’s a great deal to say about this case” (the Troy Davis killing in Georgia by lethal injection)? Well, here are some Random Thoughts Regarding the Murder of Troy Davis, courtesy of the Rude Pundit, who summons the anger and sense of justice derailed necessary to speak about it. Read it all, but here’s a taste:
In Slate, Dahlia Lithwick asks, “Will the Troy Davis case be the one that finally turns America against the death penalty?” and she concludes with the “faint hope” that it might. Here’s the actual answer: oh, fuck no. See, we are a bloodthirsty nation that actually prides itself in being bloodthirsty. America exists now in a perpetual state of arrested development, stuck in a savage teenagehood: narcissistic, emotional, easily roused to uncontrollable bursts of violence, and filled with hate towards anyone who thinks differently. Just as we can be at war (do you remember that? We’re at war still. Surprising, no?) with few visible consequences to the vast majority of Americans, we just don’t give a fuck if a couple of innocent dudes are offed, as long as it’s not our innocent family members and as long as we can keep offing the presumptively guilty ones, and don’t even bother with trying to say that offing people is fucked up. That’s the talk of pussies and losers. We’re in the savage end days of empire, motherfuckers. Compassion is what gets you beaten down for the pennies in your pockets.
Yes, sadly, it is. But at times like these (and I know I’ve quoted this before, but sometimes, so help me, there’s very little else which gets it right), I turn to the words of Hunter S. Thompson from early 2002, remarking on the people who seem just fine with the country being the way the Rude Pundit describes:
See you tomorrow, folks. You haven’t heard the last of me. I am the one who speaks for the spirit of freedom and decency in you. Shit. Somebody has to do it. We have become a Nazi monster in the eyes of the whole world-a nation of bullies and bastards who would rather kill than live peacefully. We are not just Whores for power and oil, but killer whores with hate and fear in our hearts. We are human scum, and that is how history will judge us… No redeeming social value. Just whores. Get out of our way, or we’ll kill you.
Well, shit on that dumbness. George W. Bush does not speak for me or my son or my mother or my friends or the people I respect in this world. We didn’t vote for these cheap, greedy little killers who speak for America today – and we will not vote for them again in 2002. Or 2004. Or ever.
Who does vote for these dishonest shitheads? Who among us can be happy and proud of having all this innocent blood on our hands? Who are these swine? These flag-sucking half-wits who get fleeced and fooled by stupid little rich kids like George Bush? They are the same ones who wanted to have Muhammad Ali locked up for refusing to kill “gooks”. They speak for all that is cruel and stupid and vicious in the American character. They are racists and hate mongers among us-they are the Ku Klux Klan. I piss down the throats of these Nazis. And I am too old to worry about whether they like it or not. Fuck them.