October 16, 2011

"Success is the sole earthly judge of right and wrong"

"The basic tool for the manipulation of reality is the manipulation of words. If you can control the meaning of words, you can control the people who must use the words."  ~Phillip K. Dick

So. Herman the Barbarian has backpedaled on his idea of killing people for the crime of attempting to cross the border, claiming his plan is not serious, and blaming everyone who heard him for thinking it was.

At two campaign rallies in Tennessee on Saturday night, the Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain said that part of his immigration policy would be to build an electrified fence on the country’s border with Mexico that could kill people trying to enter the country illegally. 

 But by Sunday morning, in a dramatic change of tone, Mr. Cain, a former restaurant executive, said he was only kidding. “That’s a joke,” Mr. Cain told the journalist David Gregory during an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” where he was asked about the electrified fence. “That’s not a serious plan. I’ve also said America needs to get a sense of humor.”

Actually, Mr. Cain, you need to get a sense of decency.

You also need to brush up on the founding document of this country--I think it's called the Constitution?--and one of the first Amendments--the Eighth, I believe?--which reads in its entirety:

Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

If the notion that someone should be murdered just because they're trying to secure a better life for themselves and their families isn't "cruel and unusual punishment," I don't know what is.

Only a sociopath could think of such a thing.

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