Wednesday, September 21, 2011
I am ashamed of my country
The execution of a man of whom there is more than reasonable, there is huge, doubt of guilt is the most shameful thing I have encountered in my life.
Am I overstating? I remember My Lai. I remember Kent State. I remember Waco. Why is this worse?
This is the darkest of them all, even if the number of unjustly killed can't compare, because it's so cruelly and unthinkingly Correct. Procedure has been followed. The paperwork is in order.
Procedure failed in all of the other cases, but procedure will always have limits within which it can affect justice or right. There's a point, like the edge of The Matrix, beyond which the structure can't go and we're in the realm of individual blind judgment. That judgment is subject to crippling fear, psychosis, greed and rage.
This unconscionable execution is more horrible because procedure has been sanctified and itself is corrupt.
I live in a country where the truth does not matter. None of the mountain of evidence matters. It can't stand up against the soul-dead ash-storm of Procedure. The legalities allow this vicious murder to take place. The legalities, which exist to support justice, are in the hands of the ugliest human souls imaginable. They have no reason to fight for the right to kill him, except a craving to kill.
The claim that Procedure is that important is a lie. Such people care no more about legality than they care about murder of an innocent man. Procedure becomes God, Truth, and Justice, it doesn't serve them. The truth is not a goal and the knowledge that he's probably innocent isn't disbelieved, it's irrelevant. They want to kill. That Procedure, like a game, places rules above reality. Those who play it want a clean, neat way, a way paved with degrees and licenses and performance evaluations, to have what they crave, the power to kill.
I live in a country that calls this justice. I live in a country where legally sanctioned criminals maintain states' rights, even when that state is the epitome of corruption and its purveyers of justice crawl under the rock of Procedure to deliberately -- not ignorantly, but with full knowledge of the travesty that they're committing -- serve lies.
I live in a country that is capable of allowing the State Of Georgia that right. A nation that sanctions the "right" of a state to destroy a human being and if that person may be innocent, what a God Damned shame, but it's Within Proper Procedure.
I live in a country I am ashamed of, because the whole country allows its citizens to be destroyed, to be subject to such state autonomy, to fall to the ice-cold subhuman Proceduralists who jockey into positions of power on a scale small enough to give them the power to craft a system of inculpable killing because they want to kill.
The worst thing I can wish for these bastards is that they live out long lives with an internal system failure of the deadening that has shielded their souls, and answer to some Higher Power when they leave this life.
Troy Davis died at 11:08 PM
Posted by Nostalgic for the Pleistocene at 11:29 PM