And the Moral of the Story is....?
With so many more important things to talk about, thought I'd post yesterday's news, because it's a quickie (plus it has freakin' Johnny Cash!):
I found this video on YouTube.com, without searching for it. The creator of the video wrote the following:
I was at San Quentin for the protest of Stanley "Tookie" Williams' execution. This is a rough cut with horrible audio but I wanted to get something up quickly.
Mike Farrell's statement is outrageous! I'm sorry, but his statement aimed at Governor Schwarzenegger makes him a moral idiot.
One thing that Michael Medved pointed out on his program, was that the dedication in his 1998 book, Life in Prison, (this is after he supposedly reformed himself) was a further sign that Tookie is unrepentant and unremorseful of the murders; and there is not one shred of doubt as to his guilt in the 4 murders (other than wishful thinking); his inability to accept responsibility for his crimes against our society shows us that he is still a killer at heart.
The fact that he wrote anti-gang books? So what? He's still lionized by the Crips. Besides, he didn't really author them, in the sense that someone else did the actual writing, from what I understand. The fact that he was nominated for a nobel peace prize? Again, so what? Does that award still have any credibility amongst anyone, whatsoever? (Remember, people like Kofi Annan and Yasser Arafat have won it, as well as President Bush and Prime Minister Blair being nominated for it in 2002)
If Tookie did any good in the world while still living, I think his death has also been a positive for society: The surviving family members of his victims will now achieve closure and peace; and the ones who wish to remember him as a man who has influenced children with anti-gang messages will have their martyr (and those children will also see, by example in his execution, that yes, indeed...crime doesn't pay- Tookie ultimately did give his life to become the embodiment of that message, now, didn't he?).
"I went to see the preacher to teach me how to pray
He looked at me and smiled
Then that preacher turned away
He said if you want to tell him something
You ain't gotta fold your hands
Say it with your heart, your soul and believe it
And I'd say amen"
-Bon Jovi, Bang a Drum
"So I save a prayer when I need it most
To the Father, Son and the Holy Ghost
And sign it from a sinner with no name
When I meet my Maker
Will he close the book on the hearts I broke and the lives I took ?
Will he walk away 'cause my soul's too late to save ?"
-Bon Jovi, Santa Fe
That's what I call it
'Cause money for blood ain't no fair exchange
Bought and then sold you
But your conscience is all you can take to your grave"
-Bon Jovi, Blood Money