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YEAAAAH BABY!! USA! USA! We’re Number Five in the World!

Old Sparky - Nebraska

Old Sparky, Nebraska's long-time method of execution. We can be proud, America! WE INVENTED the use of the electric chair to kill people!! But now, we're MUCH more civilized, as the use of the electric chair is in decline, as lethal injection is now the favored method to kill people. Give us another 240 years as a Nation, and maybe we'll reach the point where we're as civilized as the rest of Western democracies, where capital punishment isn't used at all.

YEAAAH Baby!!  We’re the United States of America, Damnit!!  We’re not at the bottom of the pack in ANYTHING!  We’re number 5 in the world, and movin’ on up!!  Given the direction the U.S. is going, I have NO doubt we can move up in the rankings!!  USA!  USA!  USA!!!

So to what am I referring?  Last year, we were fifth in the world in the number of people who were executed.  We are the ONLY member of the G-8 developed nations to execute anyone last year.  We are the only WESTERN DEMOCRACY that conducted executions last year.  When it comes to executing people, we are right up at the top with the likes of China, Yemen, North Korea, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Iran.  GREAT company to keep, in terms of countries known for horrible records on human rights.

Good ol’ American hypocrisy.  We talk a good talk, claiming that we stand for freedom, civility, and human rights.  But, we’re also barbarians in the eyes of the world’s civilized democracies, given our love of the death penalty.  We also “bend the rules” however we see fit, such as detaining “enemy combatants”, even American citizens, without charge or legal representation, if it suits our perceived needs at the moment.   Thanks to our right-wing Supreme Court, as of this week, we’re also a nation where you can be humiliated and strip-searched for something as minor as a failure to leash your dog or pay a parking ticket (yes, those are real cases where “criminals” have been strip-searched).

We’re a Nation where the professed conservative, Christian Right has ranted and raved about America’s (lack of) morality, where these same “pro-life” forces can somehow simultaneously oppose abortion rights, yet whole-heartedly and often quite vociferously support executions, praise our leaders when we bomb the hell out of any other Nation that irks us (or threatens our precious oil supplies), or even support the use of violence as a way to  back up their “pro-life” message.  We’re a Nation where providing health care for any American in need is less important than maintaining tax breaks for the richest (and often most corrupt) of Americans.  We’re a Nation where we evidently measure our own ”morality” not by our actions, but by our (very hypocritical) words.

In America, we’re a people who act as if we’re the worlds moral authority, as if we’re the Nation that has “got it right”.  Look at the actual evidence, however, and in many ways we ARE Yemen…North Korea…China…or Iran.  Why should Iran or China pay any attention to our whining about human rights, given our own record?