Troy Davis and Our Pro-Life Government
Wednesday evening, when the news was mistakenly announced that Troy
Some of us had been assigned to read selections from the late Zinn's "Voices of a People's History of the
Brown had used violence. I condemn it. Brown was not submitting. He'd been captured. But he also said this: "[H]ad I so interfered in behalf of the rich, the powerful, the intelligent, the so-called great, or in behalf of any of their friends, either father, mother, brother, sister, wife, or children, or any of that class, and suffered and sacrificed what I have in this interference, it would have been all right, and every man in this Court would have deemed it an act worthy of reward rather than punishment."
Meanwhile, large numbers of people are killed in our wars, wars our President announced Wednesday morning are waged on behalf of peace. Where is Amnesty International? Where is the NAACP? Are those people killed in wars less human?
What about those our government has tortured to death? Does the manner in which they are killed make them more lamentable than those killed with bombs, just as chemical injection is deemed less lamentable than electrocution?
Our government now kills, as a rule, rather than taking prisoners. And it kills with unmanned drones. It also kicks in doors at night and disappears people.
We know a little about assassination teams that have operated in
Aren't the lost opportunities to save lives when our money all goes to wars and Wall Street just as murderous? Medicare cuts kill. Unclean air kills. Pretending Social Security is in trouble kills. Pushing our elders into the poor house kills. Polluting our environment kills.
Our government's status as pro-life is in grave doubt. Its title as the greatest purveyor of violence in the world remains in place.
We can't prosecute Supreme Court justices because we have no Justice Department. We can't impeach Supreme Court justices, because we have no Congress. What can we do? One thing that I think we can and must do is recognize that, if for that one moment we believed Troy Davis might be spared, then we believe in our hearts that victory is possible. And because we believe that, we have a responsibility to work for it.
We can do that by building as large a presence as possible to occupy