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Gov. Perry to EU: Texans can govern Texas

I always agreed with Ann Coulter's take on European countries telling us how it is we should govern ourselves. The newest example of this is the European Union, specifically the Portugese Presidency, asking Texas to get rid of the death penalty:

The EU expressed "great regret" at Texas' preparations to carry out its 400th death penalty and renewed its call to the US to halt executions.

Johnny Ray Conner, 32, will be executed on Wednesday for the 1998 fatal shooting of a grocery store clerk.

But Governor Rick Perry insisted it was a "just and appropriate" punishment.

He was responding robustly to the EU's denunciation of judicial killings as "cruel and inhumane".

The statement from the Portuguese presidency of the 27-nation bloc said: "The European Union strongly urges Governor Rick Perry to exercise all powers vested in his office to halt all upcoming executions and to consider the introduction of a moratorium in the state of Texas."

It continued: "There is no evidence to suggest that the use of the death penalty serves as a deterrent against violent crime and the irreversibility of the punishment means that miscarriages of justice, which are inevitable in all legal systems, cannot be redressed."


Texas Governor Rick Perry responded (emphasis mine):
"230 years ago, our forefathers fought a war to throw off the yoke of a European monarch and gain the freedom of self-determination. Texans long ago decided that the death penalty is a just and appropriate punishment for the most horrible crimes committed against our citizens. While we respect our friends in Europe, welcome their investment in our state and appreciate their interest in our laws, Texans are doing just fine governing Texas."

Now if only we could get more politicians to see things like that. Americans can govern America just fine; Europeans can worry about governing Europe.

Hat Tip: Hot Air


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Comments (38)

Is the person to be execute... (Below threshold)
pennywit:

Is the person to be executed a European citizen by any chance? If so, that would give th EU's objection at least a patina of legitimacy.

--|PW|--

Not only does Texas execute... (Below threshold)

Not only does Texas execute it's death row inmates, they're thinking about installing an express lane.

Wish California would get a move on. More than 600 inmates on death row, and we execute about .75 a year.

Why are all libs such contr... (Below threshold)
Jo:

Why are all libs such control freaks? Mind your own beeswax.

No surprise there...Texas i... (Below threshold)

No surprise there...Texas is the only independent country to join the Union. If you visit there for any length of time you will learn that. If you're born there, it is part of your upbringing. Goliad, Houston, The Alamo and the Volunteers.

A word to the EU Portugse P... (Below threshold)
Don:

A word to the EU Portugse Presidency(?), you realy do not want to tick off a Texan. Governor Perry might just send the Texas Rangers over there to arrest your ass and drag you back to Texas to stand trail for being ungrateful ass-holes.
Of course the Texas Rangers would have to act swiftly to ensure that France doesn't surrender to them.

I have a much better sugges... (Below threshold)
JFO:

I have a much better suggestion- one that will clearly benefit everyone. Let Texas secede and become it's own country. Then we can declare war on it, conquer it and cede it back to Mexico.

Oh, and folks in this country getting pissed about other countries telling us how to govern! That's a hoot and a half if ever there was one.

Control freak? Explain how ... (Below threshold)
RB:

Control freak? Explain how the Europeans are forcing their wills on others? They exercised their right to criticize an element of another society that they don't like. Rick Perry exercized his right to tell them to shove it. Whose rights have been trampled on?

Ya know, your right JFO. Ju... (Below threshold)
ODA315:

Ya know, your right JFO. Just the last few days the esteemed leaders of your party have been trying to tell the Iraqi govt who should lead and follow in their country (let's just put aside the last three elections they've had). Although it's damn hard to discern what Obama and Clinton know about leadership, what with their extensive time as biz execs......aaahhhh, strike that, ...govenors?...aahhhh, strike that,....foreign policy/cabinet officers?....aaahhhh, shit. Just forget it....

LOLOLOL Thanks for the reminder, assclown.

Actually what is amusing is... (Below threshold)
SPQR:

Actually what is amusing is that the death penalty has majority support in several EU countries, but the EU is not interested in actual democracy. Accordingly, the european elite ignores the wishes of its own citizens.

There is a downside to havi... (Below threshold)
Rance:

There is a downside to having a death penalty when it comes to justice. There is a current case in Illinois where the killer has confessed to the crime. However, he is being held in St. Martin and French won't extradited to for trial to anyplace where he might face the death penalty.

And as the man said above, "Americans can govern America just fine; Europeans can worry about governing Europe."

The intent here is not to e... (Below threshold)

The intent here is not to effect an actual change in policy. Even the Euro=peons understand that will never happen simply due to their self-righteous lecturing.

The intent is to suck up to the various Euro=peon elitists who share such sentiments. It's the cultured, so-euro-phisticated equivalent of throwing raw meat to our moonbats. The gentleman will be a hero at cocktail parties for months to come, where he will discuss the intransigent dark barbarity of America with his fellow "enlightened" ones. They will tut-tut and cluck their tongues and swill wine until they feel sufficiently superior.

JFOLet Texas... (Below threshold)

JFO

Let Texas secede and become it's own country. Then we can declare war on it, conquer it and cede it back to Mexico.

That's BRILLIANT!

What type of war will you prosecute against Texas? Tactical or Strategic? This is important.

In light of your criticisms of GWB's prosecution of the War in Iraq, I'm sure you are well informed as to how you would execute a strategy against a state in our Union.

...Perry might jus... (Below threshold)
...Perry might just send the Texas Rangers over there to arrest your ass and drag you back to Texas to stand trail for being ungrateful ass-holes.

And it would only take one Ranger.

"One riot; one ranger."

One Portugese euro-wienie, one Ranger.

#13 John in CAYor ar... (Below threshold)
Don:

#13 John in CA
Yor are right. I stand corrected.

I hit the wrong key, it sho... (Below threshold)
Don:

I hit the wrong key, it should be:
You are right. I stand corrected.

"Is the person to be exe... (Below threshold)

"Is the person to be executed a European citizen by any chance? If so, that would give th EU's objection at least a patina of legitimacy."

Wrong. Nice try, but no, there is no legitimacy in that statement at all. Anyone breaking a law here is subject to the appropriate punishment, just like everyone else. If you travel abroad, the U.S. clearly communicates that it has no way of protecting U.S. citizens if they break laws in foreign countries, and they are rightfully punished as anybody else would in that country. Ignorance of the law is no excuse, either.

Remember Michael Fay? Bill Clinton tried to influence the outcome of that situation and didn't get anywhere. And rightfully so.

Sorry, but the Europeans ca... (Below threshold)
Linoge Author Profile Page:

Sorry, but the Europeans can take their objections of our laws, our ways of going about things, and our judicial/punishment systems, write them down on nice, thick, rough paper, fold that paper until it is all sharp corners, and shove it up their collective...

Their own countries may be socialistic paradises, but we like our republic, and our way of doing things, just fine. Otherwise we would live there, neh?

It's official:The GO... (Below threshold)

It's official:
The GOP is the party of Pro-Death.

Darn tootin' [email protected], and pr... (Below threshold)
ExSubNuke:

Darn tootin' [email protected], and proud of it.

HOw about we Cede Californi... (Below threshold)
Ryan:

HOw about we Cede California - or at least southern california - to Mexico? Wouldn't make much difference ethnically, and would be a huge improvement politically.

JFO has again proven BDS. H... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

JFO has again proven BDS. He hates Bush so much he wants to go to war with Texas. That is extreme. Live @9, republicans are pro justice. The democrats are pro killing babies for over thirty years now. Millions. A legacy to be proud of? I wonder what the conversation would be like when you meet your maker? ww

Oh c'mon, guys. Don't you ... (Below threshold)

Oh c'mon, guys. Don't you know 400 is a "grim milestone"? Libs love those.

The US would only go to war... (Below threshold)
taz:

The US would only go to war against Texas for the OIL!

LOL.

wwBush would go ru... (Below threshold)
JFO:

ww

Bush would go run and hide in Connecticut, behind mommy and poppy - or he'd reup with the National Guatd in Alabama so he could avoid the conflict.

I do love the pious moral judgments from the likes of you though. Isn't there something somewhere that says something like: Judge not, lest ye be judged yourself? You take care of your sins and I'll take care of mine.

Texas to the euroweenie uni... (Below threshold)
spurwing plover:

Texas to the euroweenie union BUTT OUT and go take a hike keep your pinkie poodle noses out of the lone star state

Why do liberals ALWAYS have... (Below threshold)
D-Hoggs:

Why do liberals ALWAYS have a problem with putting convicted murderers to death, but they NEVER have an issue with killing an innocent baby?

Why do liberals ALWAYS have... (Below threshold)
D-Hoggs:

Why do liberals ALWAYS have a problem with putting convicted murderers to death, but they NEVER have an issue with doing the same to an innocent baby?

Sorry about the triple post... (Below threshold)
D-Hoggs:

Sorry about the triple post, I kept getting an error message when hitting submit.

Answering JFO's comment is ... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Answering JFO's comment is not allowed. He will get mad because you prove him to be hypocritical. Such a spoiled petulent child. I have a feeling if GW and JFO confronted each other, I would bet JFO did the running away. Just a guess. At least JFO admits he has sins. ww

Rance,Illinois shoul... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

Rance,
Illinois should do what PA did, to get Ira Einhorn back. They boycotted French wine.
The state of PA, with its state owned liquor stores, was the single largest buyer of French wines in the world (and no, the saving is not passed on. You can get any bottle cheaper from a mom and pop store across any border).
Hit them in the purse.

FYI, it,s the Republic of T... (Below threshold)
tj:

FYI, it,s the Republic of Texas,not state.If you might notice,they fly their flag just as high,and not lower than than the red,white & blue.

Texas: We Kill Bad Guys.</... (Below threshold)

Texas: We Kill Bad Guys.

'Nuff said.

FYI tj, that has nothing to... (Below threshold)
D-Hoggs:

FYI tj, that has nothing to do with Texas being a Republic. Any state in the country is able, according to US flag code, to fly it's flag at the same level as the U.S. flag provided it is placed to the left of the U.S. flag.

Also, tj, and I shouldn't h... (Below threshold)
D-Hoggs:

Also, tj, and I shouldn't have said, "that has nothing to do with Texas being a Republic", Texas is NOT a republic. It became a republic in 1836, but only until 1845 when it joined the United States as the 28th State. Even their motto is The Lone Star STATE.

It's true that Texas is a s... (Below threshold)

It's true that Texas is a state, not a Republic. It is also my experience, however, that when travelling to other countries the service level rises noticeably if I mention that I am from Texas, rather than simply from the U.S.

B'sides, it's kind of cute watching Candians worry whether I'm "packing" ...

heh.

Now I think about it, other... (Below threshold)

Now I think about it, other STATES tend to show respect for Texans, too ...

'cept those Okies (spits).

And us Coloradans, DJ. You... (Below threshold)
SPQR:

And us Coloradans, DJ. You know what Coloradan hunters call shooting a northbound deer from the south end? A Texas heart shot.

See, now you're mistaking D... (Below threshold)

See, now you're mistaking Dallas for the whole state.

I blame J.R., I dew. (spits)




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