We should have listened. Paid attention. But, that’s the story of America right now, isn’t it? Shoulda listened. But no. Instead, we’re constantly surprised.
Like the way we laughed at the insurgents. Omg, look at the a-holes, with their stupid costumes and MAGA hats, taking selfies and sitting at Pelosi’s desk. Omg. Lol. They stayed between the velvet ropes. We should have put those all around the Capitol. We wrote them off as disgruntled goons.
Until the real videos started breaking and we realized how ugly it really was.
They crushed a guy with a door while he screamed and screamed. When that video came out, it was with viewer discretion warnings. The newscaster was visibly distraught. They beat a cop to death with a fire extinguisher. Chased down media. Broke cameras. They had a noose. And guns.
Did you know firing squads are back?
I didn’t. To be fair, I’m not American. Your news has been over the top. Anti-mask relays, 4000 dead in one day, Trump insisting he won, people shouting about a stolen election, Trump rallies, the GOP fighting among themselves, the end of the eviction freeze and the stimulus checks that didn’t happen.
Sitting north of the border, it feels like living in an apartment building with a meth lab downstairs. All you can do is sit tight and pray it doesn’t blow up.
Apparently, while the rest of the world was having visions of sugarplums, Trump was having visions of Victorian era violence.
One of the “midnight regulations” finalized by Trump’s administration in November allows federal executions to be carried out by firing squad, electrocution and poison gas. Quietly pushed through in the middle of the night and scheduled to go into effect by the end of December.
Maybe Lin Wood’s firing squad comment on New Year’s Day wasn’t hyperbole but something a little bit more? Like the heinous henchman of some evil Marvel Universe villain chortling in glee at what they pulled off.
Firing squads mess people up. Not just the dead person.
Sometimes, members of a firing squad are given a weapon with a blank. It’s to reinforce what’s called diffusion of responsibility. It makes execution by firing squad more reliable because the shooters are more likely to aim to kill if they’re not entirely blamed for it, or if there’s a chance they won’t be the one to fire the lethal shot.
It also allows each member of the firing squad to believe afterwards that he did not personally fire the fatal shot. For that very reason, it’s also called the “conscience round.”
Tough guys like to say gimme the gun. But how we think things are going to go and how they actually do often aren’t the same. Shooting someone at point-blank range messes with our head. Without mental health help, a lot of them become a loaded keg waiting for a spark.
They had to stop using blanks, though. Because a blank doesn’t recoil. And once the shots were fired, the person who fired the killing shot knew it by the recoil. Messed some of them up pretty bad. So they started using a wax bullet because it has a more realistic recoil.
Randy Gardner has a real problem with firing squads…
He was one of the first people to call out Trump for the decision. He watched his brother executed by firing squad a decade ago. It still affects his family today, he says. Over a decade later, they’re still pretty messed up.
“It’s just torture what this does to a body. I’ve got pictures of what it did to my brothers’ body. Perhaps they don’t care about the family of the executed, but I am certain this is also more traumatic for the prison workers who have to carry out the execution, and the workers who get to clean it up. I can tell you for sure, it still affects me and our family.”
It’s not like the pictures you see from the Nazi days, where a whole bunch of guys unload into the prisoners. Nope. They strapped him into a chair. Tied in place. Ring around his head. Shackles on his ankles. Wax bullets in most of the guns. One guy has a real bullet. And they’re all going to shoot someone pinned in place.
Ever wonder what the hell is wrong with us? Someone came up with this idea and a bunch of other people thought it sounded like a good plan? Trump still thinks it’s a good plan. Why else bring it back?
The electric chair and gas aren’t better…
The electric chair was hailed as a humane alternative to hanging and was first authorized by New York State in 1888. The velocity of electrical current is so great the brain will be paralyzed; dead before the nerves feel the shock. That’s what they said when they suggested it. They were wrong.
The very first time was horribly botched. Reports of the execution say that after 2 full minutes, the execution chamber was filled with the smell of burning flesh. It wasn’t just the first time, either — it kept happening. In 1990 and 1997 the condemned inmates actually caught fire. Blood pouring from their noses as they burned in the chair. And people watched.
After that last one in ‘97, half the population of Florida said it was inhumane and they needed a better method of execution.
The gas chamber isn’t better, either…
It was supposed to be the most humane method. Put the condemned in an airtight, leak-proof gas chamber. Then just open the valves and kill the prisoner painlessly. Except, it didn’t work that way. They were not pretty and they were not easy to watch. I will spare you the gruesome details, because they make people burning in the electric chair sound pretty tame.
The gas chamber was last used in 1999. It was banned for two reasons. First, because of its inability to deliver on the promise of “swift and painless.”
Secondly, because of the association with the Nazis during the Holocaust. America didn’t want that association. At least, not back in 1999.
I guess Trump doesn’t have a problem with that association? Hello, fascism, we meet again. Gosh, we’ve heard that word a lot lately, haven’t we? But are we listening, I wonder? There is none so blind as he who will not see.
“Get the firing squads ready. Pence goes FIRST,”
Lin Wood is still at it. 2 days ago, he was censored on Parler for the same type of posts that got him banned from Twitter. He’s still talking about using a firing squad on Pence. He says it’s hyperbole. Should we believe him?
Whether or not Biden turfs it isn’t the point…
Lots of people say Trump bringing back defunct ways to kill doesn’t matter because Biden is going to abolish the death penalty. Maybe he will. If he does, it will save the lives of the many who are wrongly convicted.
Right now, 2.4 million Americans are incarcerated. Up to a quarter million of them are innocent. Wrongful conviction. Biden could save them. If he gets into office. I hope he does.
The insurgents did say Jan 6 was a trial run. They also said if Pence invokes the 25th, they’ll do it again, but worse. And America, the country who proudly says they don’t negotiate with terrorists, is strangely silent.
What will happen when Biden gets in isn’t the point.
We’re so freaking good at missing the point and glossing over the ugly with gross minimalizations. We call him names. Narcissist. Diaper Don. He’s not good at losing, we say. Mock him for turning America into reality tv.
We are mentally exhausted. We can hardly wait until January 20.
So he’ll be gone, right? Think again.
Trump isn’t going anywhere.
Where do you think he’s going? Do you think a spaceship is going to swoop down and take him home because his human suit slipped? Think Putin is going to bring him home to Daddy?
If anything, he’ll have more freedom, not less. Less rules, not more. He won’t even have to do the dirty work. All he has to do is incite his followers to take back America. They’ll do the dirty work for him. Hell, they’ll die for him.
The point is that we need to see who Donald Trump really is.
I’m not sure we do. I don’t think we can wrap our heads around his level of cruelty. I don’t think we can comprehend someone bringing back firing squads at Christmas. The people of Germany couldn’t wrap their heads around that kind of cruelty, either. Until it was too late.
If Trump was a black man and the people storming the Capitol Building had been black men not white ones, congress would have invoked the 25th before the sun came up on Jan 7. We need to stop giving passes by skin color.
Tick tock, America.