So at the convention last night, we were debating one of the final resolutions of the evening – a proposal by a delegate to remove language supporting the Death Penalty in the current GOP platform.
It wasn’t my resolution – I submitted two at the caucuses, both of which passed easily – but I spoke in favor, for reasons discussed elsewhere in this blog. Now, “speeches” around resolutions are pretty limited; two in favor, two against, generally short; they’re never what you’d call “great oratory”. Mine was something like “I support the death penalty for every reason but one – the inevitability of human error. Now, in the 34 years since the Supreme Court reinstated the Death Penalty, there’ve been over 200 complete exonerations – as in, people who were considered guilty beyond a reasonable doubt that were released directly from death row. And it now seems absolutely certain that Texas executed an innocent man. Since government can’t even fill in potholes correctly, should we trust them with the power of life and death?”
A woman a few rows in front of me rose to speak for the resolution. “That just seems wrong, saying the government can’t get anything right. Aren’t we the part of possibilities?”
The rules didn’t allow me to respond to the response, so I couldn’t leap to my feet and say “NO! We are the party that believes the people are capable of anything they set their mind to, and the government is too stupid to trust with a cardboard knife!”
We are, indeed, a huge tent.