Dickens, Madame Therese Defarge And Govenor Rick Perry
I’m glad that I wasn’t the only one who was taken a back with the applause given to Governor Perry, during the Republican Debate, by the members of the audience when he explained why he was comfortable with Texas’s 200 plus executions.
Patti Davis, Ronald Reagan’s Daughter is reportedly on record stating the next day that “The moment that would have broken my father’s heart was the moment when applause broke out at the mention of more than 200 executions ordered by Rick Perry in Texas. It was stunning and brought tears to my eyes. This is what we’ve come to? That we applaud at executions?”
When the applause was given to Perry, my mind went to the gruesome scene from the Tale of Two Cities.
Madam Therese Defarge sitting by the side of the guillotine knitting; the drum roll; the sound of the sliding metal blade plummeting to the bottom; the loud thud and then the crowd cheer.
Governor Perry’s answer to the question of whether he was comfortable with Texas’s executions might have come from Defarge her self as she spoke to her husband: “Tell the Wind and the Fire where to stop; not me!”
And lastly, what about that applause?
Have we in this great Nation become that crowd by the guillotine?
Are we now the crowd shouting for blood as tho we were sitting in the Circus Maximus watching the lions attacking the Christians.
Have we become so callous towards life of either the innocent or the guilty that we cheer the “pale horseman?”