I always agreed with Ann Coulter’s take on European countries telling us how it is we should govern ourselves. The newest example of this is the European Union, specifically the Portugese Presidency, asking Texas to get rid of the death penalty:
The EU expressed “great regret” at Texas’ preparations to carry out its 400th death penalty and renewed its call to the US to halt executions.
Johnny Ray Conner, 32, will be executed on Wednesday for the 1998 fatal shooting of a grocery store clerk.
But Governor Rick Perry insisted it was a “just and appropriate” punishment.
He was responding robustly to the EU’s denunciation of judicial killings as “cruel and inhumane”.
The statement from the Portuguese presidency of the 27-nation bloc said: “The European Union strongly urges Governor Rick Perry to exercise all powers vested in his office to halt all upcoming executions and to consider the introduction of a moratorium in the state of Texas.”
It continued: “There is no evidence to suggest that the use of the death penalty serves as a deterrent against violent crime and the irreversibility of the punishment means that miscarriages of justice, which are inevitable in all legal systems, cannot be redressed.”
Texas Governor Rick Perry responded (emphasis mine):
“230 years ago, our forefathers fought a war to throw off the yoke of a European monarch and gain the freedom of self-determination. Texans long ago decided that the death penalty is a just and appropriate punishment for the most horrible crimes committed against our citizens. While we respect our friends in Europe, welcome their investment in our state and appreciate their interest in our laws, Texans are doing just fine governing Texas.”
Now if only we could get more politicians to see things like that. Americans can govern America just fine; Europeans can worry about governing Europe.
Hat Tip: Hot Air