Tonight I was having a bit of fun, working on a post about flying cars, when a news flash came across my screen and I found myself suddenly overwhelmed … with sadness, with tears, with grief for a man I never knew. Then with rage, and a sense that there is no place left for soft, squishy hearts like mine in this world any more.
Despite the best efforts of humanitarians, lawyers, and courts around the nation, the lowly, trashy state of Arkansas performed its 4th execution in as many days, mainly in order to use up a supply of killing drugs whose expiry date was near. I’m sorry, but you will have to wait until this afternoon to read about flying cars, for I am still sobbing, broken-hearted, and wishing, not for the first time in the past two years, that I was almost any other nationality. Right at this particular moment, I absolutely despise my country and what it has allowed to happen. Tonight my heart is so broken …
“Arkansas executed a death-row inmate late Thursday night in the state’s fourth lethal injection in eight days, concluding a frantic execution schedule officials said was necessary in order to carry out death sentences before one of their drugs expired.”
I make no apologies for what I am about to say. I hope … I sincerely hope … that every single person involved in the decision to execute four men, to take four lives, because they did not wish their drugs to reach expiry date …
I want to hit someone … I want to kick … I want to lash out … but there is only Miss Goose and the Significant Seven, none of whom would choose to murder a fellow human being.
Within the industrialized world, the U.S. is one of only four nations that stubbornly clings to the death penalty. We are in great company, the other three being Japan, Singapore, and Taiwan. The European Union holds a strong position against the death penalty; its abolition is a key objective for the Union’s human rights policy. Abolition is also a pre-condition for entry into the Union. But the U.S. … oh, the U.S. is so sure it holds the key to righteousness.
The execution of Kenneth Williams tonight came after his attorneys appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing that he was intellectually disabled and not fit to be executed. But the almighty right-white in Arkansas knew better … they are, after all, the almighty right-white. Relatives of one of Williams’s victims pled for his life, calling on the governor to call off the execution. But the almighty right-white persisted. U.S. Supreme Court justices, shortly after 10 p.m., denied the requests without explanation.
The United States has now shown itself to be the most barbaric nation among the developed western nations, and I am no longer proud of this country. I have, for the past year-and-a-half railed against the intrusion of a highly unqualified senior administration, starting with Donald Trump and working its way down through advisors and cabinet members. But you know what? Tonight, I think perhaps this barbaric, inhumane nation got exactly what it deserves.
R.I.P., Mr. Williams. I apologize, on behalf of all my barbaric countrymen. 😥 There is obviously more to this story, and Filosofa will be back with … the rest of the story … one day. But for now, I cannot … just … cannot.