I knew Superman. Superman was a friend of mine. Governor, you’re no Superman.
Hi. I care a lot about Superman and also not killing people, so here is a thing that is informed by that.
The New York Times, 9/3/11:
MANCHESTER, N.H. — You can just call him Superman.
At least, that’s what Governor Rick Perry of Texas told a nine-year-old boy at a Manchester house party Saturday, when the boy, Ari, asked him which superhero he would be, if he could posses superhuman powers.
“I’m going to show you my age a little bit, Ari, because I don’t know any of the real current superheroes,” Mr. Perry said, gamely fielding the question. “But there was one back in my day named Superman, and Superman came to save the United States.”
SOME BALLS, RICK PERRY!
Now, other people have written more eloquently about why Rick Perry is a maniac than I will here, but I feel compelled to WEIGH IN (watch out) because of the following fun fact. Get ready, because this fact is very fun.
Fun fact! In Superman’s DEBUT appearance, 1938’s Action Comics #1, his very FIRST act of heroism is saving an innocent woman from death row. IT IS THE FIRST THING HE DOES IN HIS FIRST ADVENTURE.
Compare that to Rick Perry, who last night garnered APPLAUSE for executing 234 people while he was governor of Texas, at least one of whom (science and good journalism both tell us) was more than likely innocent. There are questions about whether Perry actively hampered an investigation that would’ve proven Cameron Willingham innocent, but even if we give Perry the benefit of the doubt (sure, let’s do that), the whole business is still unbelievably revolting.
And just to say it, this is only one of quite a few ways in which Rick Perry is not Superman. I’m not going to go into every one of them here, but I could. Know that.
Though Superman also delivers the “real murderess” to the authorities in Action #1 (presumably for an off-panel electrocution), in later years his anti-killing stance would become much more explicit. 1988’s Superman #22 had him play executioner for three Phantom Zone criminals (real baddies!), an act that haunted Superman for years afterwards and informed his policy that no matter how horrid the crime, to kill is to kill is to kill.
The justice system is not infallible, and the death penalty has almost certainly killed innocent people multiple times over. But even if it were just a fraction of a doubt about ONE person, that should be all anyone needs to oppose it 100%.
(Sidebar: I genuinely don’t get why people who don’t trust government institutions enough to let them teach kids or build mass transit or collect taxes think that letting them kill folks is just aces. Maybe this question naive, but it is for reals a question that is in my brain that I do not know the answer to.)
Hey dumb Rick Perry: Just dumbly call yourself The Punisher (who is dumb) and get it over with, dumb-dumb.