The moment that would have broken my father's heart was the moment when applause broke out at the mention of more than 200 executions ordered by Rick Perry in Texas. It was stunning and brought tears to my eyes. This is what we've come to? That we applaud at executions?
I remember the first time my father ordered
an execution when he was Governor. He and a minister went into a room,
got down on their knees and prayed. The real shame of our times
is that there doesn't seem to be anyone on the political horizon with
that compassion in his or her heart.